Alexandra Farms is thrilled to announce the winners of their second annual Garden Rose Design Contest. Participation was even higher this year than for the first edition of the contest. Hundreds of entries were submitted by designers in 37 countries around the world.
Ranging widely in style, the submissions are truly inspiring with the creative use of color, texture and form — proof that garden roses and floral artistry are a perfect match.
As in 2018, Alexandra Farms invited submissions in two categories: Wedding Bouquet and Everyday Design. This year, the contest also took place in two arenas, as two separate contests: 1. A world contest and 2. A second contest specifically organized for designers in the Commonwealth of Independent States, plus Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, with a single category of design and with Russian as the common language.
Judges for the world contest were Jose R. Azout, president of Alexandra Farms; David J.C. Austin, managing director of David Austin Roses; Tomas De Bruyne, international floral designer and educator; and David Coake, editorial director of Florists’ Review.
The World Contest winners were:
First place/Wedding Bouquet: Tobey Nelson
First place/Everyday Design: Katie Noonan
Second place/Wedding Bouquet: Nancy Zimmerman
Second place/Everyday Design: Jessie Partridge
Third place/Wedding Bouquet: Kara Beane
Third place/Everyday Design: Meghan Maldonado
Readers’ Choice/Wedding Bouquet: Gina Thresher
Readers’ Choice/Everyday Design: Julie Mulligan
Contest for the Commonwealth of Independent States
Judges for the Commonwealth of Independent States contest were Jose R. Azout, president of Alexandra Farms; David J.C. Austin, managing director of David Austin Roses; Araik Galstyan, general manager of the Araik Galstyan Moscow International Floral Design School; and Galina Kondratieva, deputy chief editor for floristry at Moscow-based Flowers Magazine.
The contest winners for the Commonwealth of Independent States were:
First place: Irina Snatenkova
Second place: Alexandra Kostryukova
Third place: Lilit Aghayan
Readers’ Choice: Fatkullin Rome
In each contest and category, the first-place winner will be invited to join Alexandra Farms in early 2020 for an all-expense-paid trip for two to their fragrance-filled greenhouses at Alexandra Farms, located high in the Andes mountains in the beautiful savannah of Bogotá, Colombia.
The remaining winners can choose from Alexandra Farms’ garden rose varieties and place orders to receive them — free of charge and freight included — until their award is exhausted.
Second-place and Readers’ Choice winners will receive 1,000 stems; third-place winners will receive 500 stems.