For the second year running Koch & Co sponsored a floral design competition at the 2015 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, in association with Flowers Victoria. Designed to encourage more florists to get involved in the MFIGS, the competition showcased entrants work in front of 100,000 plus visitors and industry insiders. This year’s competition was titled, Floral Vision 360°, with entrants asked to create floral arrangements on plinths suitable for an event, that viewed beautifully from all angles.
Our MD Karl Papas joined Matthew Landers, Greg Milner and Amanda Henderson in judging, and praised the entrants for their unique take on the competition brief and their inventive use of florist sundries, blooms, greenery and decorative materials. Judging was tough! As well as awarding three top prizes, the public was able to vote with visitors picking their favourite display in order to win a flower arrangement delivered to their door every month for six months.
Congratulations to all the entrants. We hope everyone enjoyed taking part in the MFIGS this year – we certainly enjoyed seeing the talent and passion on display.
Floral Vision 360 Competition
1st Place – Lydia Watson, from Flower Temple (312 points)
This piece from Lydia Watson, creatively incorporating branches, orchids and pods won first place and high praise from the judges for it’s strong design. Congratulations to Lydia who received a crystal trophy, a $500 Koch & Co voucher and a certificate.
2nd Place – Marjorie Cornelius, Belmore Flowers (293 points)
Second place winner Marjorie Cornelius created a beautiful piece, winning second prize of a crystal trophy, a $300 Koch & Co voucher and a certificate.
3rd Place (tied) – Rachael Krause, Flower Temple & Christine Benge, Flowers of Malvern (290 points)
Congratulations to both Rachael Krause and Christine Benge who tied for third place, both receiving a crystal trophy, a $200 Koch & Co voucher and a certificate.
Choosing top three proved quite difficult for the judges, with other entries showcasing some very accomplished florists. We’re pleased to share a gallery of their work below, including Peoples Choice winner “The Peacock” by Turkan Seyfi, from Cakes and Vases.