WHAT IS OUR MISSION ?

OUR MISSION     

Our mission at the North Carolina State Florists Association is to help the floral industry BLOOM to its fullest potential, GROW in strength and numbers and SHARE design skills and knowledge.

As a professional organization, we invite individuals and businesses interested in the fields of Floriculture, Horticulture and Agriculture, as well as other supportive entities, to join in the enrichment of this association.  Exploring the realms of art and the principles and elements of design, purchasing and growing of floral products, running successful floral related businesses, networking with associates in cross-over fields of interest and strengthening the sustainability of naturally grown materials pertinent to the success of all, are just a few examples of what we offer and strive to achieve.

We welcome all members to enjoy the multitude of hands-on workshops, informative design programs, business seminars, design competitions, educational and career building opportunities. True enjoyment at social gatherings including our annual convention, where we meet life-long friends and business associates, while making new acquaintances alike, all who know that working together will benefit all.

We hope you'll join us in this exceptional organization and truly reap the bountiful harvest of the floral industry.  Future plans include online design paid courses with instructional videos.

PURPOSE & INTENT    

The North Carolina State Florists Association, Incorporated, shall be a non-profit organization; and the object and purpose of this Association shall be to promote the love of floriculture in this State and to promote and to encourage the development of their industries, to classify their products. to hold meetings and exhibitions, to cooperate with the National and State Governments on all antitrust laws, and with horticultural bodies in disseminating horticultural knowledge, to encourage and foster business ethics and friendly understanding in and among the various branches of the industry, always remembering the interest of the ultimate users of its products and in general to assume responsibility as the Trade Organization of the Florist Industry within the confines of the State of North Carolina.

 

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NC Treadaway Cup 2017
The first 14 entries on or before August 4, 2017 will be accepted for this competition. Contestants must be full-time employees of a voting member shop for at least six months immediately prior to the contest not limited to one voting member shop. Full-time is defined as twenty cumulative working hours per week in a voting member shop. Entrants will interpret a given piece of art with a fresh and/or dried material floral design within a four foot square area for display. The art piece to be interpreted will be made known to all entrants in advance, and each entrant will be responsible for all materials needed for the display including props, tables, etc. The entries will be on display to the public. Entries will be judged on interpretation, scale, color harmony, and design mechanics. The winner will be announced at the convention on Sunday, August 13th, 2017.
A $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded to the winning designer for advance study in Floral Design.
NC State Dogwood Cup
The Dogwood Cup competition will have a new twist this year! The competition will be presented as an on-stage program where designers will be interpreting the idea of "Life of a Mountain Bog", an art exhibit that will be on display at the Arboretum. Each contestant will be given a table space to work on. Designs will be done on a 32"x30" removable board, as they will be left on display the entire next week at the Arboretum and also featured on our new website. All designs must fit on the provided board or will be disqualified. Each participating designer will be provided with the same flowers. The competition will be limited to the first 10 entries, so get your entry now.
The Winner's Award as yet to be determined by the Board.
Designer of the Year Competition
The number of contestants may not exceed 24. Entries will be determined by the order in which their entry was received by the contest Chairman. Contestant must be a full-time employee of a wholesale florist or voting member shop for at least six months immediately prior to the contest. Employment at a voting member's who is not limited to the same shop within said six months, but a total of six months employment in a member shop or shops prior to the contest is required. The member shop(s) must also be in good standing for six months prior to convention. "Full-time" is defined as twenty cumulative working hours per week in a voting member retail shop or shops or wholesale florist. Contestants may not use any materials or supplies other than what is provided by the committee. Only fresh and/or natural flowers and/or foliage is allowed.
The NC Designer of the Year will receive a check for two hundred fifty dollars ($250)
MASK Competition
Any person registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. All supplies and materials will be provided by the entrant. Fresh, dried, and/or permanent flowers may be used.

Only one mask per person, or should a group do coordinating masks, for example; Three little pigs, the group has to let the committee know so entry can be judged as one unit.

May be worn by the designer or a model. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. First and second place winners will be determined.
Monetary Awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.
CENTERPIECE Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Centerpiece size must be functional and not interfere with place settings, condiments, etc. Must adhere to the theme of the convention for that year. No artificial flowers allowed. Only fresh, dried or natural materials/flowers may be used. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. The wholesale price of the entry must not exceed $100 including fresh flowers, props, dried and natural materials. Entrant must submit an itemized list of materials and cost to Committee Chairperson.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place which will be procured by the TAP committee.
HEADDRESS Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Centerpiece size must be functional and not interfere with place settings, condiments, etc. Must adhere to the theme of the convention for that year. No artificial flowers allowed. Only fresh, dried or natural materials/flowers may be used. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. The wholesale price of the entry must not exceed $100 including fresh flowers, props, dried and natural materials. Entrant must submit an itemized list of materials and cost to Committee Chairperson.
Monetary prize awards will be determined by the Board,
subject to sponsorship.
Body Flowers Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. May consist of fresh flowers, dried and/or natural materials, and/or permanent botanicals. No back or neck braces will be allowed; may pin into hair or onto hat form. Two walk-throughs are allowed. Arrangements must be worn by one person without assistance. Body flowers may be worn by male or female. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.
TAP Committee will procure the Prizes.
Miniatures Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Design must fit within a five inch (5") square. The design of the miniature entry must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the Miniature Committee. Design may be fresh, dried, silk, or any combination. Each person may enter one design. Entrants may enter succeeding years, even if a winner in previous years. Awards for Winner, 1st and 2nd Runners up will be given. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.
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