QUEENSLAND, Australia: As part of Australian Flowers Week, WildFlowers Australia is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 national student floristry competition. One hundred and nine entries were received from floristry colleges in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. This competition is designed to develop skills and knowledge of the next generation of Australian florists of wildflower products.
A different theme is set each year and students studying at certificate III level participate by designing and making an arrangement to suit this theme. The 2017 theme was a floral arrangement suitable as a table centrepiece for a special occasion or event.
Entries are assessed on digital photos of the arrangement and accompanying design notes. Students can choose to enter one of two categories in the competition. For Category 1, wildflower and foliage products (species tracing their origins to either Australia or South Africa) must account for at least 75% of the total plant material used in the design, and for Category 2 designs can feature only Australian native flowers and foliage.
To inspire their creativity, students could choose a theme or event with a personal meaning to them, and as a result there were many innovative designs for weddings, birthdays, book launches, Australia Day events, Father’s Day, a wide variety of commemorative dinners and presentations as well as family gatherings!
The 2017 winners are:
- First place: Matthew Grosvenor from Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Vic. ‘Beacons of hope’, a striking design for a same sex wedding to celebrate marriage equality.
- Second place: Kirsty Fergusson, South Metropolitan TAFE, WA. ‘A winter wonderland’ – a Christmas winter wedding inspired by Narnia.
- Third place: Kerrie Glover, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Vic. A romantic, elegant and whimsical arrangement for a wedding.
Additional prizes were awarded for winning designs from each state or territory.
- First place: Chethana Goestiawan from Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Vic. A table centre piece for the National Indigenous Arts Awards Dinner.
- Second place: Rikke Bukh, Pearsons School of Floristry, Sydney. A commemoration of National Wattle Day.
- Third place: Vivian Yang, also from Holmesglen. Father’s Day dinner for a man who loves bushwalking.
2017 marks the ninth year WildFlowers Australia has run the competition. WildFlowers Australia is the national organisation representing the commercial wildflower industry, which markets cutflower and foliage products sourced from a wide range of Australian and South African species for the floristry industry.