Who will win the World Cup of Florists on 13 June 2015? The answer to this question lies in the hands of the jury of the most significant competition in the green industry, along with an additional Technical Committee.
The jury of the Fleurop-Interflora World Cup consists of six expert florists:
Marios Vallianos (Greece, Chairman of the jury), Linda Johnson (Norway), Tracy Tomlinson (United Kingdom), Mark Pampling (Australia), Deborah De La Flor (United States) and Björn Kroner-Salié (Germany) will judge over the workpieces by the World Cup competitors from a total of 26 nations. They will jointly decide who emerges victorious from the competition.
The results are evaluated according to the Florint International Judge System, where the jurors consider various parameters such as the degree of difficulty. They judge each and every workpiece in four different categories with five other subcategories. For example, the category of “Choice of colour” is divided into the subcategories “Harmony”, “Visual appearance”, “Colour gradient”, “Arrangement and balance” and also “Suitability to the occasion”. In the category “Technique and workmanship”, the decisive criteria are “Stability”, “Meaningful use of materials”, “Binding technique”, “Finish” and “Attention to detail”.
And yet however careful the preparation, a high rating depends crucially on on spontaneity and inventiveness, as three of the workpieces to be created are surprise tasks. Here, the contestants of the World Cup each receive an identical package of materials, which they must use to create a floral artwork within a given time. This demands precise and quick working, as well as exacting handicraft.
Each individual floral design created for the competition is also closely inspected by a five-member Technical Committee. They will ensure that the competition rules are observed throughout the preparations and during the competition itself.