North Carolina State Florists Association

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2019 GTFA Designer of the Year Results

WINNER Alicia Springfield, NCCPF
1st Runner-Up Jaclyn Gough Cfd
2nd Runner-Up Bill McPhail, NCCPF

The Greater Triangle Florist Association met at The Laurelbrook in Raleigh on June 25th. Attendees enjoyed a lovely meal, design program by 2018 GTFA DOY Joseph Barnes and our 2019 DOY competition. The competition was fierce and everyone did an amazing job. Our winner was Alicia Springfield NCCPF, 1st runner up Jacyln Gough CFD, and 2nd runner up Bill McPhail NCCPF. Attendees also benefited from a dicussion about judging from Jody McLeod AIFD, NCCPF, CFD.

The Laurelbrook and Catering Works were gracious hosts and the environment and food were excellent.

Here’s a few pics below that were grabbed at the workshop by cellphone.

And a Big Thanks to Laurelbrook at Catering Works in Raleigh for Hosting the Event

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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
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Fun Pics from the GTFA Wine Down

Wine Down with GTFA was a great success. Designers had the opportunity to play and choose to create paper flowers, textile inspired jewelry or a candle holder. The projects turned out amazing. Fun mixed with education makes for a great design outing. The little things that are picked up and learned always filter to the daily design routines and benefit us as well as our customers.

We had a new member this evening as well from Great Blooms in Raleigh. Mr. Ben Erwin, excited to meet you and welcome to the GTFA family.

What a great meeting of the GTFA. Thank you to Petal and Oak along with Triangle Catering for their gracious hospitality. Their space and containers are amazing. The people attending were gorgeous too.

Yes, we had a great time ! !

BOTANICAL BODY FLOWER WORKSHOP
.....artistic design in real time with a unique perspective
3:00 - 4:30 pm Inquire at Registration table

This hands-on workshop will give you mechanical concepts and skills to easily construct intricate and impressive floral accessories to offer beyond corsages. These techniques will set you up to create designs that are updated, fashion-forward and artful while remaining mechanically strong and wearable.
* Please bring your own tools, i.e. clippers, scissors, wire cutters, and knives.

Heather Ann Miller, NCCPF is the creative director of Eclectic Sage, a Raleigh based event design and floral studio. While spending many years working in the interior architectural design field, Heather also explored product and textile design. During these explorations, she realized she loved the studio experience and started contributing her artistic eye for colors, trends, and design to a wide variety of projects. Her venture with Eclectic Sage bridges her various art forms and allows her to lend a unique perspective to every design. To see some of her work check out her website www.eclecticsage.com and follow her on Instagram where she often shares behind the scene stories. @eclecticsage

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FREE to observe for Weekend Ticket Holders - $25 to Participate
Please pre-register so we'll know how many flowers to provide.

CONVENTION 2019 FRIDAY BOTANICAL BODY FLOWER WORKSHOP

FFA WORKSHOP - Impress your AG Department
presented by former NCSFA President
Friday   4:30 - 6:30 pm in the Mendenhall Room
Sherri Suttle, Bostic, NC

Whether you are making arrangements for an FFA banquet , prom, etc. , learn how to make designs with an unexpected twist that will leave students and teachers alike in awe of what just came from the Ag Department! We will be using a variety of flowers, floral products and non traditional design products to create beautiful centerpieces that are sure to be a hit. Sherri will be showing you design tips, tricks and ideas, but this is a hands on class as well. So……. let your creative juices start flowing now!

$15 Discount Coupon for Members in the Members Zone

CONVENTION 2019 FRIDAY FFA WORKSHOP CHECKOUT

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DESIGN II PROGRAM - "Will You Marry Me"
secrets will be revealed from a pro .....
Saturday - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm in the Chimney Rock Room

Flowers are much more than flowers in the 21st century, and to separate yourselves from the competition, you need to do much more than just flowers.  This program will open your eyes to possibilities that have worked well for Fresh Affairs and Michael will share some of their secrets that will help you take a different approach to your consults and services that you should be offering!

Michael Whaley Aifd Cfd has over three decades of experience in the floral industry and has been involved with every aspect during his career. He has a passion for continuing self-education and, more importantly, sharing that acquired knowledge with other designers in the industry. Over the years he has studied with some of the greatest designers in the world including Gregor Lersch, Hitomi Gilliam, Tomas De Bruyne and Per Benjamin among others.  Michael has been awarded NCSFA Designer of the Year and Southern Retail Florist Association Designer of the Year.  His love of interpretive design led him to The Jim Treadway Cup for interpretive design and after winning this coveted competition three times he was inducted into the Jim Treadway Hall of Fame.  He was also a regional representative for Americas Cup, Great American Design Competition.  Michael was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers and has been heavily involved with programs presented at AIFD National Symposium. He is currently the chairman of the National Education Committee, serves as vice president of the Southern Chapter of AIFD, and is an AIFD certified evaluator/judge.  Michael currently works as Creative Director for Fresh Affairs, an upscale wedding and special events studio based in Raleigh, NC. 

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