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Floral Design Competition Koch MFIGS

Melbourne Int. Flower & Garden Show Prize Winners

This year Koch & Co was proud to support the florist industry by sponsoring The Floral Design Competition with Flowers Victoria. Held in the Great Hall of Flowers the competition called upon entrants to create an events table decoration using at least fifty percent floral and eighty percent botanical material, with sundries from Koch & Co. Our MD Karl Papas joined Matthew Landers and Greg Milner in judging, and noted the “breadth of individuality and passion” shown from the competition entrants. Congratulations to all the entrants are due – we hope it’s an experience every entrant enjoyed, and we hope you’ll take part in future competitions.

THE FLORAL DESIGN COMPETITION
Sponsored by Koch & Co with Flowers Victoria

1ST PLACE
Shane Sipolis from Botanics of Melbourne
With a striking visual impact and beautiful use of varied plants and florals, Shane’s piece placed first. He received a crystal trophy, a $500 Koch & Co voucher and a certificate.

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1st Place Winner, Shane Sipolis

2ND PLACE
Natahlia Brandt from Knoxfield Florist
An imaginative use of materials and interesting structure saw Natahlia’s design win second place. Natahlia was presented with a crystal trophy, a $300 Koch & Co voucher and a certificate.

3RD PLACE
Nici Thompson from Flowers by Nici Thompson
Nici’s arresting and accomplished design won third place. Nici received a crystal trophy, a $200 Koch & Co voucher, and a certificate.

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Left: Second Place Winner Natahlia Brandt Right: Third Place Winner Nici Thompson

Karl Papas & Floral Design Winners

Koch & Co Managing Director with winners Shane Sipolis, Natahlia Brandt and Nici Thompson

The judging was tough, with other entries showing a range of beautiful and innovative table centrepieces from some very accomplished florists. We’re proud to present their work here in a gallery of entrants.

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Left: Melissa Sacco, from A New Leaf Floral Design Right: Kara Turnball, from Belmore Flowers 

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Left: Risa Yoshimoto, from Flower RY Right: Karly Barre Whitford, from kbw flowers 

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Left: Angeline Lo, from La Mode Bebe Right: Lana Lichman, from Euphoria Florist 

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Left: Lynne Thompson from Peppercorn Floral Design Right: Marcia Lamrock, from Flowers by Nici Thompson

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Left: Esther Blaak from Quasi Design Right: Akemi Suzuki from Shoso Shimbo

Janet Alesich, from Tiger Flowers

Janet Alesich, from Tiger Flowers

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Left: Angela Bertram, from Blooms by Angela Bertram Right: Wona Bae, from Wona Bae Studio

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show remains the biggest annual show in the Southern Hemisphere and a horticultural highlight for many. Growers, florists, landscape designers and students all descended on the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens this year, with over 500 exhibitors showing. With some of the most beautiful blooms and foliage the industry has to offer on display, the event attracted more than 100,000 visitors looking for floral inspiration. A full list of all the MFIGS competition winners can be seen here:

CITY OF MELBOURNE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR BEST IN SHOW
‘The Patriarch’s Garden’ Designed by Cycas Landscape Design

GOLD FLORAL DESIGN
Flowers Vasette

BRONZE FLORAL DESIGN
NMIT
Bart Hassam Floral Design
The Gordon TAFE
Matthew Landers Florist & Academy
Sunraysia Institute of TAFE

STUDENT FLORAL COMPETITION

INTERMEDIATE COMPETITION
1ST PLACE
Chevonne Nicholas
Marjorie Milner College

2ND PLACE
Alexandra Cox
Marjorie Milner College

3RD PLACE
Courtney Hirschausen
NMIT

Highly Commended
Michelle Paxton
Marjorie Milner College

ADVANCED COMPETITION
1ST PLACE
Susie Dimitra Portelli
Marjorie Milner College

2ND PLACE
Bianca Besanko
NMIT

3RD PLACE
Margaret McLennan
NMIT

Highly Commended
Georgia Saunders
Marjorie Milner College

SHOP WINDOW COMPETITION
1st Place – Marjorie Milner College
2nd Place – Marjorie Milner College
3rd Place – Floriation
4th Place – Marjorie Milner College
Highly Commended – Flowers by Nici Thompson

GOLD SHOW GARDEN
‘The Patriarch’s Garden’ Designed by Cycas Landscape Design

‘The Gardener’s Library – Aspiration’
Presented by Local Nurseries
Designed by Vivid Design
Constructed by Semken Landscaping

‘Tension’
Designed by Paul Bangay
Construction by Conway Landscaping

SILVER SHOW GARDEN
‘Emerge – The Family Life Garden’ designed by Candeo Design, presented by Bay Road Nursery, constructed by Atkinson – Pontifex, landscaped by Semken Landscaping & Plantstock by Warners Nursery

‘Left Overs’ designed by Ian Barker Gardens

‘The Garden Cornucopia’ designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture

‘The Muse’ designed by Natural Design, constructed by Sceam Construction

‘Here & Now’ designed by Phillip Withers

BRONZE SHOW GARDEN
‘The Quiet Garden’ designed by Ros McCully Garden Designs and construction by Str8line Landscaping

Hunter Black Design

‘Happiness Grows’ designed & constructed in conjunction with the Tree & Shrub Growers Vic by Seasons Landscapes & Parks Wide

HONDA SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
‘Here & Now’ designed by Phillip Withers

THE MARK BENCE CONSTRUCTION AWARD
‘The Patriarch’s Garden’ Designed by Cycas Landscape Design

DEBCO AVENUE OF ACHIEVABLE GARDENS
1st Place – Contemporary Austerranean – Santa Giulia Meets St Kilda, by Kingsley A. Barker, Holmesglen TAFE

2nd Place – Edible Space, by Scott Tappenden and Melissa Greenslade, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT)

3rd Place – A Gardener’s Garden, by Emma Tenni and Thomas Pinney, NMIT

Lysacht Student Landscaper of the Year Award: Kingsley A. Barker, Holmesglen TAFE

HORTICULTURAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR BEST USE OF PLANT LIFE
‘The Gardener’s Library – Aspiration’
Presented by Local Nurseries
Designed by Vivid Design
Constructed by Semken Landscaping

LANDSCAPING VICTORIA BOUTIQUE GARDEN AWARD
1st Place ‘The Midnight Garden’ designed by Lisa Ellis Gardens
2nd Place ‘Peninsula’ designed by James Ross Landscape Design
3rd Place ‘Breeze’ designed by Arbour Landscaping Group

ROYAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY HANGING BASKET COMPETITION
Best Basket Overall
Grant Pengelly

Best Basket Affiliated Society
1st Bentleigh Garden Club
2nd Leongatha Horticultural Society
3rd Tatura Garden Club

Best Basket Member
1st Grant Pengelly
2nd Lin Fong
3rd Leonie Medlyn-White

Best Basket Children
1st Eavie Earl
2nd Sam Ayliffe
3rd Oliver Gay

Best Exhibit School
1st Basin Primary School
2nd Basin Primary School
3rd Basin Primary School

Best Exhibit TAFE
1st Goulburn Ovens TAFE: Melissa Geddes
2nd Goulburn Ovens TAFE: Jakson Tucunan
3rd Goulburn Ovens TAFE: Ardon Mamarodi

Best Use of Colour in a Hanging Basket
Leonie Medlyn-White

Best Use of Texture in a Hanging Basket
Lin Fong

Most Innovative Hanging Basket
Madeleine & Claire Gay

Best Specialist Plant or Plant Group
Sandra Perrett

Best Culinary, Herbs, Kitchen
Grant Pengelly

Best Australian Native Plant Basket
Australian Plants Society, Grampians Group

Best Cacti / Succulent Basket
Angeline Francione

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2 Responses

  1. Nici Thompson

    Thank you for sponsoring the Floral Design Event Table Competition at MIFGS. I look forward to entering more competitions in the future that you sponsor.

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