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“Outstanding Varieties” winners                                                       Connectaflor’s ‘Brilliant Stars Green Pink’ spray rose won “Best in
   The Society of American Florists (SAF) held its 131st annual                       Show” at this year’s “Outstanding Varieties Competition” held at
convention Sept. 9-12 in Amelia Island, Fla. At its “Kick Off Breakfast”              the SAF Convention in Amelia Island, Fla., Sept. 9-12.
on Sept. 10, SAF announced the winners of the 2015 “Outstanding
Varieties Competition.”                                                               Photo: Society of American Florists

   Out of the dozens of companies that entered more than 200 cut
flower varieties, ‘Brilliant Stars Green Pink’ spray rose from Connectaflor
received the highest number of points, winning the “Best in Show” title.
Judges chose the variety for its high petal count, sturdy stem, high com-
mercial appeal, and green-and-pink bicoloring.

   Eight “Best in Class” winners were also chosen to represent their categories:
   • Rose — ‘Cinderella’, International Rose Breeders LLC
   • Garden Rose — ‘Bridal Piano’, Alexandra Farms
   • Spray Rose — ‘Brilliant Stars Green Pink’, Connectaflor
   • Chrysanthemum — ‘Chispa’, Deliflor Latin America
   • Cut Bulb — ‘Snowboard’ oriental lily, Oregon Flowers, Inc.
   • Gerbera — ‘Black Jack’, Agroindustria Santa Cecilia
   • Alstroemeria — ‘Himalaya’, Flores Funza
   • Dianthus — ‘Nathalia’, Flores Funza
   • Other Cut Flower — ‘XL White’ Hydrangea, Arvi Farms-Groflowers
   Visit to find a list of all blue and red ribbon winners for
this year’s “Outstanding Varieties Competition.”

AFE announces appointments                                                            David Garcia                   Greg Royer

                                             American Floral Endowment (AFE)          Dwight Larimer                 Kristi Huffman
                                         Chairman Gabriel Becerra of Golden
                                         Flowers announced the appointment of two                     Laura Shinall
                                         new trustees and three new officers during
                                         the organization’s 2015 Fundraising Dinner
                                         Sept. 10 in Amelia Island, Fla. The dinner
                                         was held in conjunction with the Society of
American Florists’ (SAF) annual convention.
   The two new trustees are David Garcia of the Pete Garcia Company in
Atlanta, Ga., and Greg Royer of Royer’s Flowers & Gifts in Lebanon, Pa. Both
will serve three-year terms on the AFE board of trustees with the option for a
second term.
   The three officers appointed to the executive committee are Dwight Lar-
imer of DESIGN MASTER color tool, chairman-elect; Kristi Huffman of
Multi-Packaging Solutions (formerly The John Henry Company) in Lansing,
Mich., treasurer/secretary; and Laura Shinall of Syndicate Sales, Inc. in Koko-
mo, Ind., public relations and development committee chair.
   Remaining executive committee members include past Chairman Paul Bach-
man of Bachman’s Inc. and Jim Daly of Smithers-Oasis/Floralife. Nine-year
Trustee Ken Altman was appointed as trustee emeritus and will continue on the
AFE board as a nonvoting member.

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