NCSFA Convention 2018 Annuls

We’ll begin with all the results of the competitions held at this year’s convention with any included thoughts from the appropriate chairperson(s). We’ll then migrate to a final thank you from the out going President and then wrap it up with some pics that were taken at this year’s event.  Highlighted will be some of the NC Jim Treadaway Cup and other competition pics.

WINNER: Bobbie Barrett

 

1st Runner-Up:  Janice Rhinehart

2nd Runner-Up:  Alicia Springfield

WINNER:  Janice Rhinehart

1st Runner-Up:  Jennifer Retarides

2nd Runner-Up:  Samantha Brady

Friday night competitions were exciting, in large part, due to the number of competitors in Body Flowers and Advanced Body Flowers. Originally there were 6 contestants in Body Flowers, one had to drop out, and 4 in Advanced Body Flowers. Many in the Body Flowers competition were first timers. And they did not disappoint! 1st and 2nd in Body Flowers went to first time competitors Janice Rhinehart of Jan’s Blossom Shop and Jennifer Retarides of Send Your Love Florist, respectively. The designs in Advanced Body Flowers were all striking, and decidedly different! Congratulations to Derek Wood of Youngs Florist for capturing First place and to Tammy Yow-Russell of Russell Meadows Floral and Nature Farm for taking 2nd place. All the competitors were on time and ready to practice for the walk-through. Congratulations to all those who entered for contributing to an exciting Friday night!

Bill McPhail & John Herron, co-chairs

WINNER: Derek Wood

 

1st Runner-Up:  Tammy Yow-Russell

WINNER: Charita Walker

 

1st Runner-Up:  Jessica Nance

WINNER: Robert Huff

 

1st Runner-Up:  Tammy Yow-Russell

WINNER:  Joseph Barnes

 

1st Runner-Up:  Steven Custer

WINNER:  Billy Hess

 

1st Runner-Up:  Joan Caudle

2nd Runner-Up:  Clark Goodin

WINNER: Samantha Brady

1st Runner-Up:  Steven Custer

2nd Runner-Up:  Sherri Suttle

This was my first experience as chairman of a competition. It was fun seeing all the excitement and nerves. I’m just glad I didn’t have to judge the bridal bouquets. When I was on stage announcing the winners it was awesome to see their faces when they found out where they placed. Can’t wait ’til next year.

Janice Rhinehart, Chairperson

WINNER:   Tammy Yow-Russell

 

1st Runner-Up:  Joan Caudle

2nd Runner-Up:  John Herron

WINNER:  Mary Matherly

 

1st Runner-Up:  Janice Rhinehart

WINNER:  Derek Wood

 

1st Runner-Up:  Joan Caudle

2nd Runner-Up:  Billy Hess

WINNER: Brian Hyde (3 time winner)

 

Honorable Mention:  Jody McLeod

WINNER:   Jody McLeod

NC DOGWOOD CUP WINNER:  Stephanie Garrett

1st Runner-Up:  Brian Hyde

Honorary Life Award:  Rigdon and Martha Scruggs

Wholesaler of the Year Award:  Danny Hinton

Distinguished Service Awards:  Bill McPhail, Carol Mills, Pat Murray

SUCCESS! SUCCESS!  A big thanks to everyone who came, participated, planned, judged, tabulated, donated, sponsored, designed, served, cooked or in any way contributed to the success of this year’s “Look To The Future” NCSFA Convention. There are so many to thank if I omit someone please forgive me. Fantastic! Another convention year with no losses to the association. Next year, let’s shoot for a profit to our organization. When we make money, we can pass it on as Educational scholarships to help our members achieve the design success that they’re all shooting for.

This year’s convention came together fast. Without the help of some very talented and learned individuals, there may have been problems but overall it went over without a hitch. The program book was put together in 30 days and hopefully next year we can begin a few months early and have 100 pages. That would be a BIG bonus to the association because we do make approximately 65% profit after expenses on the program book.

Special thanks to the Convention chairpersons Lynn Wilkinson and Jim Tysinger, Lobby decorations by Steven Custer and the rocket in the hotel atrium by Cindy Tole, Friday night table decorations by GGFA , Competition Chairs and all contestants, all wholesalers for generous donations of product, all designers who participated in design shows, GTFA for sponsoring the Friday nite music, Barbour and Hinton for providing music Friday and sat night, new directors for serving, Maxcine Matier, Danny Hinton, and Stephanie Garrett for flowers and a touching memorial service, and GTFA for the gorgeous decorations at the Members Banquet. Especially Donna Pittman, Michael Whaley and Stephanie Garrett.

The Embassy Suites and staff were very helpful and appreciated. The Board of Directors and committees have done a great job this year. Treasurer Carol Mills, Secretary Susi Gordon, and 2nd VP Nelson Simpson have done a tremendous job keeping the Association going and steering the convention. Our webmaster has done a terrific job with the brand new website and I’d like to also thank his company, Wellnix Graphics, LLC, for the super job they did on the convention program book.

Please support our wholesalers, the allied associations and NCSFA! They and your support ARE our Future!!! A huge Thank you for my year as President and I am thoroughly looking forward to the 99th Convention with President Danny Hinton and our Centennial convention with President Nelson Simpson!

Donald E. Holmes, Outgoing President and Chairman of the Board Elect

The NC Jim Treadaway Cup Competition 2018

The opportunity to be the NC Jim Treadaway Cup competition chairman for the 2018 NCSFA convention was an honor. We had seven extremely gifted and talented designers who interpreted the selected artwork with their own unique vision. Each design and description of their concept was, in itself, a work of art.  It was very exciting to watch all of the competitors, who are all friends and colleagues, vie for the prestigious and coveted trophy known as the NC Jim Treadaway Cup. Our sincerest appreciation to Claudia Treadaway, who has so generously donated funds that sponsors a continuing education scholarship, which is also presented each year to the winner.

This Year's Artwork

Congratulations to Brian Hyde, who is now a three time winner and newest member to be inducted into the NC Jim Treadaway Cup Hall of Fame next year! Congratulations also to Jody McLeod as winner of Honorable Mention and People’s Choice!

Respectfully submitted, Tammy Yow-Russell Aifd Cfd NCCPF

Order your own 2018 NCSFA “Look to the Future” Program Book

If you didn’t get to attend this year’s convention, we do have extra program books left over if you’d like to purchase one and help support our association.  The price is $15.95 and that includes USPS Priority Shipping.  These full-size and full color magazine style programs are made of high-quality 100lb. ultra-glossy paper.  They’re excellent to leave on your front counter for your customers to browse through while waiting for a pick-up.  Grab one before they’re all gone.

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The GTFA at this Years NC State Fair

Huge GTFA Participation at this Year's NC State Fair

Each year, the NC State Fair is our biggest fundraiser for the Greater Triangle Florist Association! There was a great turnout this year. There was only one slot that didn’t get filled. A lot of that was because of the help from our President, Danny Hinton and Theresa, the new manager at Cleveland Plant and Flower who offered to transport entries to and from the fairgrounds for those who had no transport. We owe them a great thanks. We also owe a great thanks to Pat Murray (Lifetime NCSFA member) for lining up all of our judges and making the entire process run smoothly. We also picked up some new members who participated at the fair. There were three shows with five categories and ribbons for places 1st thru 4th. Also, each competition had a “Best in Show” winner as well.

Author:  Sarah Callahan, GTFA Secretary

Door Piece:  The Seasons of NC

Create a door piece representing one of the four seasons. Pick any season you would like and make sure that season is showcased. Your entry will hang on a display door with your provided hanger.

Sympathy:  Summer in NC

Create a memorial piece for an avid gardener who’s favorite time of year was summer using some of the things that would have been in their garden blooming at that time. No easels and the piece dimensions may not exceed 3×3 ft.

Surprise:  Spring in North Carolina

Spring has Sprung! Create an arrangement fit for a spring Carolina afternoon tea party.

NC Products:  Winter in North Carolina

Create a Winter centerpiece composed primarily of greenery and other natural items. Examples may include (but do not have to include) evergreens, magnolia, berries, pine cones, and you may also include dried materials. Must contain products that are native or grow in North Carolina.

Bridal:  Fall in North Carolina

It’s fall wedding season in the South. Create something for a fall Carolina bride to carry down the aisle. Can be a bouquet, cascade, or other structure as long as it can be carried. Must be no longer or wider than 2 feet. Please provide a holder or sturdy vase with your name on the bottom for all entries.

First Show (Oct. 12th)

NC Products:
  • 1st Place – Brandi’s Botanicals (BEST IN SHOW)
  • 2nd Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 3rd Place – Southern Belle Florist
  • 4th Place – John’s Flower Shop
Surprise:
  • 1st Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
  • 2nd Place – Bloomies on 42
  • 3rd Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 4th Place – John’s Flower Shop
Sympathy:
  • 1st Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 2nd Place – Southern Belle Florist
  • 3rd Place – Flower Gurl
  • 4th Place – Bloomies on 42
Bridal:
  • 1st Place – Venetian Gardens
  • 2nd Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
  • 3rd Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 4th Place – Watered Garden Florist
Door Design:
  • 1st Place – Flower Gurl
  • 2nd Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
  • 3rd Place – Venetian Gardens
  • 4th Place – No Show

Second Show (Oct. 16th)

NC Products:
  • 1st Place – Cleveland Plant & Flower
  • 2nd Place – Flower Gurl
  • 3rd Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 4th Place – Knightdale Florist
Surprise:
  • 1st Place – Jodi McLeod
  • 2nd Place – Flower Gurl
  • 3rd Place – North Raleigh Florist
  • 4th Place – Falls Lake Florist
Sympathy:
  • 1st Place – Jodi McLeod (BEST IN SHOW)
  • 2nd Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 3rd Place – Watkins Flowers of Distinction
  • 4th Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
Bridal:
  • 1st Place – Purple Poppy Florist
  • 2nd Place – Flower Gurl
  • 3rd Place – John’s Flower Shop
  • 4th Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
Door Design:
  • 1st Place – Cleveland Plant & Flower
  • 2nd Place – Falls Lake Florist
  • 3rd Place – Great Blooms Florist
  • 4th Place – Brandi’s Botanicals

Third Show (Oct. 19th)

Bridal:
  • 1st Place – Floral Dimensions
  • 2nd Place – North Raleigh Florist
  • 3rd Place – Watkins Flowers of Distinction
  • 4th Place – Bloom Works
Sympathy:
  • 1st Place – Watkins Flowers of Distinction (BEST IN SHOW)
  • 2nd Place – Floral Dimensions
  • 3rd Place – Great Blooms
  • 4th Place – Flower Gurl
Surprise:
  • 1st Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 2nd Place – Watkins Flowers of Distinction
  • 3rd Place – Purple Poppy Florist
  • 4th Place – Great Blooms
NC Products:
  • 1st Place – Floral Dimensions
  • 2nd Place – Purple Poppy Florist
  • 3rd Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
  • 4th Place – Flower Gurl
Door Design:
  • 1st Place – Great Blooms
  • 2nd Place – Purple Poppy Florist
  • 3rd Place – Floral Dimensions
  • 4th Place – Great Blooms

Floral Design Show 2016

NCSFA shining star Jodi McLeod puts on a dazzling instructional show at Mayesh Wholesale

Here are some pictures from the April 2016 Design show which was held at Mayesh Wholesale in Charlotte, NC. There was an incredible turnout with Jodi McLeod leading the instruction and design evaluations. Click any image to see a larger view.

646 Michael Wylie Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 376-0900
646 Michael Wylie Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 376-0900

Art in Bloom 2017

The 3rd-Annual "Art in Bloom" Festival of Flowers Shines

A bountiful, multicolor rose ensemble, a tropical floral creation featuring large rainforest-like leaves and a glittering gold vase overflowing with bright-white calla lilies enthralled floral enthusiasts upon entering “Art in Bloom,” The North Carolina Museum of Art’s third annual floral extravaganza. The floral showcase captivated guests with more than 50 designers’ impressive artwork. The both indoor and outdoor event took place at the museum Thursday through Sunday.

The ever-popular phenomenon of floral art has been in existence for years, stemming the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ decision to blend art and flowers in the first-ever floral art showcase 40 years ago. Ever since, art museums across the country have followed suit. NCMA has seen much success with their adoption of this fairly modern trend, as “Art in Bloom” proves a true crowd favorite. The floral show’s project manager, Laura Finan, worked to ensure the much-anticipated event was, once again, a success.

by Sarah Gallo, Staff Writer at Technician Online

  • Credits:  Will Skinner, Photo