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2018 International Designer of the Year Entries

Compared to many international floral design competitions, the Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year competition is one of a very few that actually is open and welcoming to any and all designers confident enough to enter. This is one of the greatest reason’s that this competition finds and polarizes some of the greatest floral designers of our time, all from their own, self entered design skill merit. 

Some of the most dreaded words for any competitor when receiving their results are “Unfortunately, the judges felt that this year your designs did not merit an award.” and those would be the exact results for our four submissions into the 2018 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year.

I allowed myself one half day of eating candy, moping around and feeling less than great but there is always the next competition, the next presentation and always the next design. With co-sponsoring and co-presenting a Great Lakes Floral and Event main-stage show and preparing for this years lineup of competitions and floral adventures, how can you let yourself get down with soo much opportunity and promise for 2019.

Looking back at 2018 with so many amazing results not only across close to twenty floral design competitions but also traveling and seeing even more of the floral industry across the world, it’s been a remarkable year. As I try my very best to catch you all up on the last year and a half of floral adventures in upcoming blogs and videos, here are our submissions for you to enjoy from the 2018 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year competition with categories, personal titles, and all the shabam! 


Category #1: ‘Inspired By’

Personal Title: ‘Inspired by Fire’
Photography By: Justin Lehman Photography


Category #2: ‘Nature’

Personal Title: ‘Hand Grown Mini Forest’
Photography By: Justin Lehman Photography


Category #3: ‘Architectural’

Personal Title: ‘Grass Vibrations’ 
Photography By: Justin Lehman Photography
Model: Joss Barton


Category #4: ‘Sympathy’

Personal Title: ‘Woven Peace’ 
Photography By: Justin Lehman Photography


So there we have it folks, our entries for the 2018 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year. This was one of the first times I submitted four entries fully realized into the competition and look forward to the 2019 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year

Huge thanks to Justin Lehman Photography for capturing these awesome shots along with Joss Barton for being a true ethereal goddess. 


You can find next at the Great Lakes Floral and Event Expo on the main stage Saturday, March 2, 2019 along side Matthew Blind and Equiflor Rio Rose for ‘The Evolution of Style’! 



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Laura Leong and Charlotte Murrant Take RHS Chelsea Titles


Big congratulations to Laura Leong of The Flower Fairie, your 2015 RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year and Charlotte Murrant of Eden-Taunton Floral Design, the 2015 RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year and Best in Show!

Laura swept up her second title at this years Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Here is Laura’s award winning tree.

Designers were asked to interpret the wonderful magic and fantasy of the Tulgey Woods of Alice in Wonderland. This awesome theme was chosen  to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice and Wonderland, and we think Laura and all the other talented designers did a fantastic job this year paying an amazing tribute to a fantastic story.

Photo property of Laura Leong

Photo property of Laura Leong


The utterly amazing tree created by your 2015 Best in Show and RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year Charlotte Murrant!

Picture Property of the British Floral Association

Picture Property of the British Floral Association


Some of our past featured designers also had a great showing at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Solomon Leong received a Gold Medal for his design this year. You can check his article out HERE!

Also competition again this year was the ever lovely Amanda Coghill. You can get to know more about her in her article HERE!

Again a big congratulations to all the designers that made it to the final stage this year and we look forward to all the excitement again next year. Make sure to check out the British Floral Association and the Royal Horticultural Society to learn more about how to get involved with them and also potentially compete in one of the worlds most recognized garden and floral design competitions.

Join us next week as we start Floral Education Month!




A Mayesh and Pantone kind of week!

For those living under a rock you may have missed the fantastic new Mayesh Wholesale Florist logo that was just released and the announcement of Beth O’Reilly AIFD becoming the new Mayesh Design Star for 2015. Also happening this week was the announcement of the 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala, by Pantone.


We are starting off today with a big congrats to Mayesh Wholesale Florist on their new logo as we were just looking at what makes a good logo and you can see that Mayesh has a new simple and clean logo. We here at like that it’s not immediately over modern but not a standard traditional. We have seen this look before with the Certified Florist program logo, but Mayesh Wholesale Florist has a simpler look focusing on the name of their company and their establishment year of 1978. We bid farewell to their old flag background with just their name and open the doors to this simple and refreshing new logo! Go read about all the details of their new logo at this LINK!


Image property of Mayesh Wholesale Florist.


Next for this week we have the new 2015 Mayesh Design Star, Beth O’Reilly and her interview with her good friend and past mentor/boss Coby Neal. We got to get to know Beth in her interview and now even more in this video! Go watch the video and show your support for your 2015 Mayesh Design Star!


Last but not least the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year was announced and it is going to be Marsala! What do you think of this shade of red? Pantone shows us glasses of wine, pomegranate seeds, rich burgundy pillows, and cranberry fabrics. What are your feelings about Marsala and how do you see it doing in the floral industry? At first we were a little let down, but the more we see of the color and its uses, the more we are falling in love with it.

Pantone 2015

Image property of Pantone.

Check back here tomorrow when we bring you industry professional personal thoughts about the 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala!