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SAF Honors Our Industry’s Best

At the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) 129th annual convention, held in Chandler (Phoenix), Ariz., Sept. 18-21, the organization recognized a number of our industry’s brightest stars with its annual awards and inductions.

• Floriculture Hall of Fame
The floral industry’s greatest honor was bestowed on Anna Ball, CEO and owner of Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Ill.

• Alex Laurie Award
Virginia R. Walter, from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., was honored for her contributions to floriculture research and education.

• John H. Walker Award

Russ Barley, AIFD, AAF, FSMD, the executive secretary of the Florida State Florists’ Association (FSFA), received the John H. Walker Award in recognition of his contributions to the floral industry as an association executive.

• Tommy Bright Award
Recognizing lifetime achievement in floral presentation and education, this award was presented to Jerome Raska, AIFD, AAF, PFCI, CAFA, co-owner of Blumz by … JRDesigns in Ferndale and Detroit, Mich.

• Century Award
Two family-owned businesses — Klein’s Floral and Greenhouses in Madison, Wis., and Myers Flower Shop in Branford, Conn. — received SAF’s 2013 Century Award.  The award is presented to companies that have been in business for 100 years or more.

• Sylvia Cup
Joyce Mason-Monheim, AIFD, PFCI, AzMF, Tucson, Ariz., won the grand prize in the 46th Annual Sylvia Cup Design Competition. The next two highest-scoring designers, Jacob McCall, AIFD, The Elite Flower, Doral, Fla., and BJ Dyer, AIFD, AAF, CPF, Bouquets, Denver, Colo, received honorable mention awards.

• American Academy of Floriculture (AAF)
SAF’s American Academy of Floriculture inducted seven new members for 2013. They are:

Bradley Beck, AAF
Design Master color tool, inc.
Boulder, Colo.

Jessica Cosentino, AAF
Cosentino’s Florist
Auburn, N.Y.

Darenda Darnell-Garbarz,

Designs by Darenda
Homestead, Fla.

Lane DeVries, AAF
The Sun Valley Group
Arcata, Calif.

Jean Meiers, AAF
Meiers Floral
Minot, S.D.

David Self, AAF
Wyld West Annuals
Loxahatchie, Fla.
Augusto Solano, AAF
Asocolflores, the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters
Bogota, Colombia


• Professional Floral Communicators - International (PFCI)
The industry’s premier speakers bureau added six new professionals to its roster. Those individuals are:

Theresa Colucci, AIFD, PFCI
Gardiner, N.Y.

Ruben Consa, AIFD, PFCI
Yola Guz School of Floral Design
Miami, Fla.

Kasey Cronquist, IOM, PFCI
California Cut Flower Commission
Santa Barbara, Calif. 

Frank Feysa, AIFD, PFCI
Garden Gate Florist Inc.
Aurora, Ohio

Kenneth E. Norman Jr.,

Colony Florist & Gifts
Franklin Lakes, N.J.

Chris Norwood, AIFD, PFCI
Tipton & Hurst
Little Rock, Ark.
• Outstanding Varieties Competition
Judges selected the ‘Hearts’ Rose, exhibited by International Rose Breeders, LLC, as this year’s “Best in Show.”

The following flowers took top place in their respective categories:
“Best in Class” Rose
International Rose Breeders, LLC
“Best in Class” Spray Rose
‘Brilliant Stars Yellow’
Esmeralda Farms
“Best in Class” Chrysanthemum
Golden Flowers
“Best in Class” Cut Bulb
‘Ravenna’ Oriental lily
Kitayama Brothers
“Best in Class” Gerbera
The Elite Flower
“Best in Class” Alstroemeria
Flores Funza
“Best in Class” Dianthus
‘Star Cherry Tessino’
Golden Flowers
“Best in Class” Other Cut Flower
‘V3’ Phalaenopsis orchid
Farm Fresh Orchids
“Best in Class” Decorative Foliage
Leucadendron galpinii
Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers
“Best in Class” Potted Flowering Plant
Guzmania ‘Emperor’
Kent’s Bromeliad Nursery
“Best in Class” Potted Foliage Plant
Leucadendron argenteum (silver tree)
Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers
“Best in Class” Bedding Plant
Antirrhinum ‘Candy Showers’ (snapdragon)
Sakata Seed America



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