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  Volume 1, Edition 12                           News Buds                               April 2010

April Newsletter
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  • ~Babylon's Williams Wins 2010 Rocky Mountain Cup
    Arthur Williams CPF, owner of Babylon Floral in Denver, took 1st Place honors at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Cup, held March 26th in Castle Rock. Williams has earned the title of FAR's 2010 Floral Designer of the Year, a $500.00 cash prize, and will represent FAR at the NAFA National Floral Designer of the Year competition in October.

    Arthur Williams CPF- 1st Place Winner of the Rocky Mountain Cup

    BJ Dyer AIFD, AAF, CPF, co-owner of Bouquets, Denver, was 1st runner up, and Susie Carr AIFD, of Trim International Floral School, Denver, was 2nd runner up. Terri Pepper of Arapahoe Floral in Englewood received the People's Choice Award. Wendy Quintana of Lafayette Florist took 1st place in the corporate category. Franklin Mera CPF, Artistic Flowers, Denver received the highest score for the Wedding category, and BJ Dyer received the highest score for Floral Gift.

    BJ Dyer AIFD, AAF, CPF, 2nd Place.

    Susie Carr AIFD, 3rd Place.

    The field of 11 professional floral designers had 2 1/2 hrs to complete three floral designs, in the categories of Corporate, Wedding, and Floral Gift. Maggie Binet AIFD CPF, Le Jardin Binet, and Bea Blanc AIFD, CPF, FlorEscence Occasions, were co-chairs of the Rocky Mountain Cup for the 3rd year in a row. Blanc said, "Our committee was thrilled with the caliber of designers who competed, and the quality of the fresh floral product that was donated by our FAR wholesalers. Maggie and I want to extend a big thank you to DWF, Amatos, Associated, and Emerald Leaf."

     Patrick Williams of Lion Ribbon and LaLa Glass has been a big supporter of the Rocky Mountain Cup since it's inception, as have Smithers-Oasis and Design Master. Ernie and Terri Schaefer, of Richards, Seeley and Schaefer, attended the Award Dinner as 3rd place Sponsors. RFI was the 1st place sponsor; Golden Flowers, 2nd place; and Colorado Outdoor Expo, People's Choice. Metrum Credit Union was a dinner sponsor.

    The competition was open to all FAR members and member employees. This year's competitors were: Carr, Josh Dingman (Lafayette Florist), Dyer, Chuck Graham (Blume Haus, Denver), Kim Green (House of Flowers, Aurora), Mera, Rainbow Molinaro (Lehrer's, Denver), Michael Lee Moore (Arapahoe Floral, Englewood), Pepper, Wendy Quintana, and Williams.

    Binet and Blanc also thanked the Rocky Mountain Cup committee and FAR volunteers who helped produce the competition: Denise Fuller CPF, Castle Rock Florists; Jerrica Park CPF, Boulder Blooms; Mary Ann Blood CPF, Petals and Pearls; Peggy Roth CPF, Robin Fischer CPF, Flower Art; and Sandi Sniff AIFD AAF CPF, Lafayette Florist.

    The judges for this year's competition were Lisa Waddell AIFD PFCI, Cherrie Silverman AIFD AAF CPF, and Larry Blanc.

    13 graduates of EarthLink's 36-unit floral design course are eligible to work in your floral shop through a grant.

    Each graduate is eligible to receive a 20-hour per week, $10/hr paid internship for three months beginning March 31, 2010 at no cost to you. These are pre-screened, pre-qualified floral design apprentices. Their classes included, but were not limited to: taking phone orders; delivery; ribbon tying; color schemes; round arrangements; European design; corsages; and wedding bouquets.

    If you are interested in receiving an intern, please contact Julie Schwab at EarthLinks 303-389-0085 or email her at Julie@EarthLinks-Colorado.org.

    Also, consider coming to our GRADUATION. April 7th at 10:30am to 11:30am followed by lunch.
    Please RSVP to Julie@EarthLinks-Colorado.org or 303-389-0085.

    EarthLinks is a 14-year-old non-profit organization in Lower Downtown Denver offering a variety of programs, one of which is our employment training program in floral design. The focus of all our programs is to connect people to the beauty of Earth.

  • ~ Teleflora’s Make Someone Smile
    This past year, unit boards and volunteers got together to create over 37,000 arrangements that were distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, meals on wheels and others in need of a smile.

    This year the Teleflora Rocky Mountain Unit hopes to make over 600 of these arrangements and we could use your help. We are looking for designers and helpers to get involved with the Rocky Mountain Unit and become a port of this very successful benevolent project.

    This year the Teleflora Rocky Mountain Unit hopes to make over 600 of these arrangements and we could use your help. We are looking for designers and helpers to get involved with the Rocky Mountain Unit and become a port of this very successful benevolent project.

    Contact Sandi Yoshihara-Sniff AIFD,AAF,CPF at 303-665.5552 for more information and help us make a difference by sharing the beauty and emotion of flowers.

  • ~ Teleflora Scholarship Winners
    One of the opportunities that Teleflora florists across the county now have available to them is the chance to receive a scholarship to Teleflora’s state-of-the-art education center in Oklahoma City. Each Unit has the opportunity to award a scholarship. The process is open to individuals who want to advance their education, are committed to improving the floral industry, and who need financial assistance in order to do so. The scholarship includes tuition, transportation, lodging and meals.

    This year’s recipients are Mary Ann Blood of Petals and Pearls, Brighton, CO and Yolanda Tyndall of Pizzaz, Cheyenne, WY.

    If you would like more information on the Scholarship program Teleflora has to offer, please call Sandi Yoshihara-Sniff AIFD, AAF, CPF of Lafayette Floral 303.665-5552.

  • ~ FAR Scholarship Program
    The Floral Association of the Rockies offers scholarships for people within the industry wanting to advance their floral education. We feel through education we can continue to “Learn, Grow and Bloom”. Education is a vital part of our Association.

    FAR members and employees may apply for up to $500.00 to be used for any combination of educational opportunities provided through FAR. This includes but is not limited to the Certified Professional Florist (CPF) program, conventions, Hands-On-Workshop registration and fees and membership dues.

    This is a wonderful opportunity! Scholarship deadline is June 30th. Don’t delay fill out your Scholarship form today. Download the form.

    Last year’s Scholarship recipients were Peggy Roth CPF of Sweet Pea Designs and Carmen Lia CPF of DebBees Garden.

  • ~Plants with Impact Workshop
    We would like to thank Emerald Leaf Wholesale for hosting this event. If you have never been to Emerald Leaf please stop in and check them out as they have great plants, dish gardens, terrariums, pottery, etc., to offer. Also, we would like to thank DWF for donating the hard goods for this workshop.

    This workshop was amazing! Emerald Leaf gave us care and handling techniques. Amy from Lafayette florist covered plant fertilization. Sandy Sniff AIFD, AAF, CPF; Mary Ann Blood CPF; and Carmen Lia CPF; brought displays of different ways to use and dress plants for those orders that will really make you stand out from everyone else.

    We were able to dress a plant and make our own dish garden with everything from bamboo, wire, broken glass, moss ect.

    If you missed this class you really missed out!

    Next workshop will be May 23rd at 10:00am, the location to be announced. This will be a wedding workshop. If there are any techniques you would like to learn send them to debbeesgarden@gmail.com within the next week.

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