Design Competition Winner

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!

Oceans of Emotions

Bo-Ty Florist took on a special role at the North Carolina State Florists Association convention this past weekend.  The convention theme was “Under the Sea – Life, Beauty, and Mysteries” and Gene and Robert were part of a design panel along with Lona McKinney, presenting a program titled “Exploring the Oceans of Emotions with Themed Sympathy Designs.”  Each designer created four floral designs showing how we convey an interest, hobby, or occupation in fresh flowers to pay tribute to a loved one.

Gene’s offerings included using a golf bag as a container on an easel, an aquarium with plant material reminiscent of the ocean floor, a beautiful Zen garden design, and a saddle with flowers became a casket spray.





Robert presented a basket covered in bark and vine for a woodsy or mountain feel, a patriotic design with flag ribbon, a spray incorporating carpenter tools, and a “tie-dyed” peace sign with a love heart.





At Bo-Ty Florist we were thrilled that the program was well received.  We enjoyed sharing our ideas with our colleagues from across North Carolina.

North Carolina State Florists Convention

We returned yesterday from the 91st annual convention of the North Carolina State Florists Association.  Florists from all across the state join for a weekend of networking, education, and fun to learn new ideas and foster relationships with others in our wonderful industry.

Bo-Ty Florist has been a member and supporter of the Association for over 50 years, since soon after the business opened.  My feeling is that all florists should support their state professional organization, because it works to make us all better, but there are a lot of shops that don’t recognize the benefit of membership.  The owners and employees at Bo-Ty have been very involved in the NCSFA throughout our history, serving on committees every year, on the board of directors, and the executive board.  Glenna and Robert have both been president of the Association and we are very proud of our heritage of involvement.

The Association promotes activities throughout the year.  We administer the North Carolina Certified Professional Florist School, where individuals can learn floral design principles and techniques as well as business management basics to become a better florist.  We sponsor floral design programs for the public, publish a quarterly newsletter to distribute information to members, and the board meets to plan and monitor these endeavors.

The big event, of course, is the annual convention.  This year’s theme was “Under the Sea – Life, Beauty, & Mysteries.”  There are floral competitions including a Designer of the Year, design and business seminars, meal functions with beautiful floral presentations, and lots of opportunity to interact and network. 




Robert won 1st place in the mask competition, Karl was in charge of organizing the seminars, and Gene and Robert were two-thirds of a design panel for one of the shows.  Glenna chaired a competition and judged another.  Over the years we have had Botyers who have won Designer of the Year, including Karl a few years ago, and the prestigious North Carolina Jim Treadaway Cup, with floral interpretation of a fine art selection, usually by a North Carolinaartist.  Karl is also a recent Cup winner.

We love the NCSFA, and want everyone to know that we are pleased to be part of an association of very talented professionals here in North Carolina!