Lilium ‘Tabledance’ Wins Outstanding Varieties Competition

Posted On 27 Sep 2016
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orn_lilium_tabledanceALEXANDRIA, USA: Oriental Lily ‘Tabledance’ won the Best in Show title in the Outstanding Varieties Competition during the Society of American Florists’ 132nd Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii on Sept. 22.

The entry was among the 184 different varieties from 20 growers from Florida, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, and Tennessee as well as Colombia and Ecuador. Judges scored each entry based on color and commercial appeal, stem and foliage, bloom form and size, and overall presentation. The judging panel, which included three retailers, three growers and three wholesalers, evaluated specific categories of flowers, and the highest scored entry of each won “Best in Class.”

Following is a roundup of the Best in Class recipients:

Rose: Black Pearl

Standard Rose

Rosaprima International, LLC

Garden Rose: Juliet (Ausjameson)

Garden Rose

Green Valley Floral

Spray Rose: Brilliant Stars Yellow

Spray Rose


Dianthus: Alcazar


Dummen Orange

Chrysanthemum: Magnum


Deliflor LatinAmerica

Alstroemeria: Jewel


Flores Funza

Gerbera: Glamour


Green Valley Floral

Other Cut Flower: Serruria Blushing


Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers

Decorative (Cut) Foliage: Eucalyptus Tetragone


Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers

Potted Flowering Plant: Ingrid

African Violet

Optimara Group

Cut Bulb Flower: Tabledance

Oriental Lily

Green Valley Floral

Special thanks to the judges for the 2016 Outstanding Varieties Competition:

Retailer Judges:

  • Rakini Chinery, AAF, AzMF, of Allan’s Flowers in Prescott, Arizona
  • Susie Palazzo of City Line Florist, Inc., in Trumbull, Connecticut
  • Annette La Rocque of Murrieta V.I.P. Florist in Murrieta, California

Wholesaler Judges:

  • Joost J. Bongaerts of Florabundance, Inc., in Carpinteria, California
  • Lani Callister of Ensign Wholesale Floral in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jon Tamada of Mt. Eden Wholesale in San Jose, California

Grower Judges:

  • Peter Van Antwerpen of Virgin Farms Inc. in Miami
  • Leo Roozen, AAF, of Washington Bulb Company, Inc., in Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Ben Dobbe of Holland America Flowers, LLC in Arroyo Grande, California
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