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. Visit www.theflowershow.co.nz
for information on tickets and opening hours.
Spectacular by day, and sensational by night, its
all on at The Auckland Flower Show next week at Alexandra
Park, 20-23 November.