Thursday, June 20, 2013

Kitayama Brothers Gerbera Festival 2013

I attended my first ever floral competition this past weekend! I competed along with some of my fellow CCSF floristry students at the Kitayama Cup — a fun, not-too-serious competition these wonderful local growers hold for their annual Open House and Gerbera Festival.

We got to choose from an amazing selection of cut flowers and foliages, and had to create an arrangement and a mixed bouquet in 60 minutes. It sounds like a lot of time, but it flies by much faster than you think — not finishing in time was my biggest concern. But I did, and while my designs didn't place, I had so much fun and was just happy for the opportunity. (And honestly, proud of myself for not being a complete nervous wreck walking into it: I usually don't handle pressure very well, to put it mildly.)

This competition was a trial run for our CCSF Floral Design competition team, as we will be competing next week at the annual symposium of the American Institute of Floral Designers in Las Vegas. Almost a whole week packed with lectures, demonstrations, receptions and parties for all us flower geeks!

After the judging was done, the arrangements we made were auctioned off to the Open House visitors to benefit the Santa Cruz State Parks. Quickly seeing multiple bids for my designs was a great feeling, and I can now proudly say that I 'sold' my first floral creations. Onwards!

P.S. Many more pictures of the day and competition are on the Kitayama Brothers Facbook page.

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