The Auckland Flower Show
The Auckland Flower Show 2012

Floral skills in the spotlight

Despite the airconditioned cool of the floral halls, the heat was has been on the floral exhibitors at this year’s Auckland Flower Show.

The Floral Arts Society (Auckland Branch) Designer of the Year was judged as part of the show, and was awarded to Leigh Greenstreet of Kumeu Floral Art Club. Her ‘Mardi Gras’ rendition had just the right balance of “rough and smooth”, according to Lorraine Usher, chair of the society for the Auckland area. “Judges look for a particular balance of textures, and Leigh achieved that with a gorgeous mix of apricot brown Melaleuca bark, purple orchids and lime green anthuriums.”

Also at the show, two competitions put the art of floral arranging and design in the public spotlight. Innovative ‘imposed’ contests provide competitors with a surprise box containing the same set of blooms and accessories, from which they must create unique displays. This type of competition is popular at international flower shows, but are an innovation for the Auckland Flower Show.

In the Floral Art Hall, 10 floral arrangers took part in the competition and honours went to Sue Faesenkloet of the Takapuna Floral Art Club.

In the Floral Design Hall, an imposed competition determined the FloraMax New Zealand Professional Florists’ Student Florist of the Year for the Auckland area.

The winner of this event was Unitec floristry student Natasha Komene, second was Ingrid Park (Unitec), and third equal were Owen Anderson (Academy Otahuhu) and Pauline Pollard (Unitec). Natasha progresses to the national competition, where the prize is a trip to the Melbourne Flower Show.

The Auckland Flower Show is on at Alexandra Park until Sunday, with twilight viewing available on Saturday night and plant sales from 4pm-6pm on Sunday.

Story ends...

If you were one of the many thousands who attended the Auckland Flower Show 2008 then you will know what a great, world-class show that it was.

Indeed when one of our esteemed international judges from Australiae says that the Melbourne Flower Show could learn from us then we know that we have achieved the standard that we set out to achieve.

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