Donald Yim, AIFD,PFCI, was named the winner of the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) 51st Annual Sylvia Cup Design Competition held during the Society of American Florists 135th Annual Convention on Amelia Island, Florida, last week.
The win earned Yim the coveted Sylvia Cup trophy and a $3,000 prize.
Bob Tucker, AIFD, FSMD, received first runner-up honors and $500. The second runner-up was Alejandro Figeuira Fernandes, AIFD, who received $250.
The Sylvia Cup is the country’s longest running live floral design competition. It began in 1967 and is named for Sylvia Valencia, a prominent designer and long-time SAF supporter.
This year’s competition had a pirate theme in a nod to Amelia Island and its maritime history.
The event was sponsored by Certified American Grown and Oasis Floral Products, and coordinated by Professional Floral Communicators International.
The 13 competing floral designers were challenged to create a floral crown for Princess Amelia, daughter of King George II and the island’s namesake; an American floral art piece inspired by nature; and an easel piece for a funeral using green and white flowers inspired by the sails of a ship.
Contestants designed all of their arrangements with Certified American Grown Flowers and Greens donated by the following generous farms:
California Pajarosa Floral
Continental Floral Greens
Dramm Echter Farms
Fern Trust, Inc.
Holland America Flowers
Mellano & Company
Ocean View Flowers
Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers
Star Valley Flowers
Sun Valley Flower Farms
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