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About the U.S. Flower Industry - Flower and Floral Design Competitions

Almost 400 of the nation’s top retail and wholesale florists, floral designers and flower growers will be in Marco Island, Florida, in August 2014 for the 130th Annual Convention of the Society of American Florists. SAF invites the public and media to two of the convention’s most exciting events — the Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition and the Sylvia Cup Floral Design Competition

Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition

See 5,000 beautiful flowers in one room

Outstanding Varieties CompetitionExperience the magnificent sight and fragrance of nearly 5,000 beautiful flowers during one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions.

Dozens of flower growers from across the country and around the world are exhibiting more than 200 types of their best roses, gerberas, lilies, alstroemeria, carnations, chrysanthemums, anthuriums, hydrangeas, bulb flowers, potted flowering plants and decorative foliage.

Expert judges crown one Best in Show, rank 13 Best in Class, and present Blue and Red Ribbons to dozens more. Vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice honor.  

WHERE

Marco Island Marriott
400 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145

WHEN

Thursday-Friday, Aug. 14-15, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sylvia Cup Floral Design Competition

Watch top floral designers in action

Sylvia Cup Design Competition

120 minutes... Top floral designers ... A mystery assignment ... Only one will win the grand prize. ... You enjoy the action on Food Network’s “Iron Chef.” The floral industry has a similar contest featuring floral designers and flowers. Marking its 47th anniversary, the Sylvia Cup is the floral industry’s longest-running, live national design competition.

Watch as top floral designers are given two hours, the same amount of flowers and supplies, and a surprise task. Among the contestants: winners of state and regional floral industry design contests, designers of the year and members of the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers.

WHERE

Marco Island Marriott
400 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145

WHEN

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
9 – 11 a.m. 

 


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Florists have always known that flowers make people happy, and now scientific research proves flower power. Aboutflowers.com highlights university research proving the emotional and behavioral benefits of flowers and plants. Rutgers research shows that the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. Another Rutgers study demonstrates that flowers ease depression, inspire social networking and refresh memory as we age. A Harvard study reveals that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh cut flowers are present in the home. And a Texas A&M study demonstrates that workers' idea generation, creative performance and problem-solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

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