The FTD World Cup 2019, considered the Olympics of floral design, was held last weekend in Philadelphia, marking the first time the competition has been held in the U.S. since 1985. But perhaps even more exciting than its return to the U.S. is the fact that global participants in the competition created some of their designs with over 14,000 Certified American Grown Flowers and Greens donated by American flower farmers!
For the first time ever, domestically grown flowers starred on the biggest stage in the floral industry during a surprise challenge held on Saturday, March 2. The surprise package of flowers was the only origin-based design package offered during the competition.
The FTD World Cup included designers from 23 different countries who won their national competitions to gain entry into the contest. During the main competition last Friday and Saturday, the designers completed four tasks starting with three designs of their own creation (a table for two, a hand tied bouquet, an architecture-inspired piece) and ending with an on-the-fly design – the Certified American Grown Flowers and Greens task. From there, 10 semifinalists moved on to tackle a semifinal challenge Sunday morning.
On Sunday evening, five finalists competed in one last surprise task and Bart Hassam of Australia was named the champion, earning a prize worth about $17,000.
A huge thank you goes out to the farms who sent their Certified American Grown Flowers and Greens to the competition, showcasing how America’s flower farming families can provide beautiful blooms 365 days a year:
- Mellano & Co.
- Holland America Flowers
- Star Valley Flowers
- Myriad Flowers
- California Pajarosa
- Resendiz Brothers Protea
- Washington Bulb
- Continental Floral Greens
- Kitayama Brothers
- Ocean Breeze Farms