Doug Bates Wins Free Registration to AIFD Symposium
May 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM
Doug Bates of Designs by Vogt's Floral & Gifts won our Facebook design contest and will receive a free general registration to AIFD Symposium.
The annual AIFD Symposium might be the most loved event in the retail floral industry. Members look forward to it all year long – a chance to be inspired, learn, and catch up with friends. And because this is also the 50th anniversary of AIFD it will be bigger and better than ever.
FloristWare hosted a design contest on our Facebook page, and the prize was a free general registration. Designers submitted a photograph of an original design, and anyone could vote on their favorite(s).
At the end of the contest the ten designers with the most votes advanced to the next round, and one winner was selected at random. That winner was Doug Bates of Designs by Vogt's in Sturgis Michigan.
This was just about the happiest possible ending. Doug is a phenomenally talented designer and one of the very nicest people in the business. This is also the year where he will be inducted into AIFD.
It's great to be able to support his ongoing development as a designer. We're a small company, but we're lucky to work in this industry and with such great people. Supporting the industry and those people is something we take very seriously.
A gallery of other submitted designs appears below:
Category: Industry Outreach
Slinky Smolder: by Brenna Quan AIFD
Hoping to seduce you with this fiery antherium triplet, dancing amongst strelitzia foliage, skimmia and green trick dianthus within a haze of green huckleberry branches.
My Earth Day Cake: by Barb Conquest
Moss, wildflowers, a bird-shaped candle holder and a birthday candle.
Shower of Light: by lice Waterous AIFD
Rings of light arranged below rings of fresh flowers illuminates various "Showers" of crystals, blossoms and water bottle bottoms.
The most often comment by viewers: "It reminds one of Jellyfish". Appropriate, since the design overlooked a creek.
Deuces: by Alex Torres AIFD TMF
Twin containers featuring an armature made from hand painted dragonwood. The floral products include Moss balls and Phaeleonopsis orchids accented with a capiz shell garland.
Fantastic Fusion: by Alan Masters CFD
This is an arrangement I created for the AIFD South Central Chapter Meeting in Houston. The structure is built of river cane and surrounded by jewel toned colors. My theme was a Morrocan-American fusion wedding table.
Macy's Event: by Adam Havrilla CFD ICPF
I was chosen to participate in the Macy's show this past spring. I designed this arrangement for the walk thru.
Weekly Paradise: by Ace Berry TMF
A weekly tropical arrangement in the office.Helping you dream of the weekend.
Just Peachy: by Tracy Park
A beautiful sunny day for peach flowers.
Dreamcatcher: by Stacey Carlton AIFD
A peaceful living art installation of amaryllis, tillandsia, maidenhair fern, and string of pearls. These botanical beauties are complemented by mixed metallic accents, textured yarns, and patterned feathers. Sweet dreams!
Rain Garden: by Sherri Lewis
Tropical Design using elements in glass, bamboo and lush tropical flowers and greenery to evoke the feeling of visiting a rain garden.
Day Dreaming: by Shellie Jacob
Half Dozen Roses in a Vase: by Renee Russell
One half dozen Freedom Roses, Monte Casino, Salal, Italian Ruscus, Oregonia, and Leatherleaf Fern in a clear vase with a purple bow.
Table Arrangement: by Nova B. Avanzado- Monteclar
Flowers in a basket.
Beauty in Simplicity: by Maria Zabel
A monochromatic Design for the 2015 Colorado Garden and Home Show. Featuring Phalaenopsis Orchid sprays, Anthriums, Song of India, Hala Leaves, Mitsumata branches and Colorado Beetle wood, custom containers designed my Maria.
Swirling Delight: by Margit Beasley
Curly Willow supports a bed of Green Ball Dianthus and creates the framework to bring the reflexed tulips to life while Lily Grass offers shelter to the delicate blooms.
Graphic Warrior: by Laura Daluga CFD
Created for an annual fleur couture runway event, this dress is entirely made of paved foliages, the mace she's holding is covered in tillandsia!
Bridal Bouquet: by Kenneth Blanton
Red Roses, thistle, orchids, anthurium, and Lilly grass.
A floral headpiece created with ranunculus, tillandsia leaves, and trailing jasmine vine. Photography by Sarah Kathleen.
Birds in Flight: by Gary Wells AIFD
Bird of Paradise displayed in a design with bamboo and foliage. Focal point is anchored with more bird of paradise thru a woven ball.
fall wedding centerpiece: by Fabian Salcedo
Local logs topped with an array of blooms...antique hydrangea, local red brain cockscomb, amaranthus, orange mokara and cymbidium orchids, and finally bittersweet over the top to add movement and texture.
One-of-a-kind Body Flowers!: by Doug Bates CFD
We love creating unique and interesting Prom Corsages and Boutonnieres for our customers! Here, we've crafted a serpentine arm-band of Oasis 12 guage aluminum wire, topped with a coordinating collection of fun ribbons, funky feathers, and a few perfect dendrobium orchid blooms. The boutonniere perfectly compliments with its fun wire coils and feathers. It is attached to the lapel with an Oasis U-Glu strip!
Tranquility: by Donna Senter
A serene design with a focal medallion made with bullion, moss and feathers. Spherical motion brings the eye into the arrangement.
Ice Queen: by Arthur Williams CPF CFD
From the shoot for the cover of my book Decade and Nacre Magazine. Custom lucite snowflake jewelery and bouquet holder.
Cymbidium Style: by Ann Stolte
A Valentine gift with a modern twist.