The North Carolina State Florists Association’s annual convention offers members the opportunity to compete in various competitions each year that give designers a chance to test their skills. The attendees are excited to see what designers come up with, always centered on the convention theme.
The contests include fashion flowers- elaborate corsages and boutonnieres, decorated masks and headdresses, centerpieces, and floral creations in miniature. The Designer of the Year competition crowns a winner who represents the Association in design programs across the state and beyond. Perhaps most prestigious is the North Carolina Jim Treadaway Cup, named in memory of a North Carolina florist who was one of the foremost designers in the world. The designers at Bo-Ty Florist enjoy the challenge of these competitions.
Through the years Bo-Ty Florist employees have become Designer of the Year and we have had several winners of the Cup competition. We usually have several entries in the other events each year and often take first or second place.
Because of other commitments Robert was the only one to enter this year. The theme of convention this year was “Under the Sea – Life, Beauty, and Mysteries.” Many hours of work went into his interpretation of an octopus for the Mask Competition.
Crafted in paper machē and covered in honeycomb packing wrap, the form was painted in sea blue and greens and embellished with green button poms, blue-green hydrangea petals, and holly berries. He took First Place and received many compliments on his entry.
Here are a few of the other competitors.
We had great entries in all the competitions this year. The Botyers have agreed that we are going to push each other to plan earlier for next year so we can have a lot of fun beating each other!