EKKA 2017

We are very excited to promote floral competitions once again at ‘Ekka’ within the new Flower and Garden Exhibition hosted in the old museum precinct. This year the museum is celebrating 140 years.

The competitions are open to professional florists and floristry students studying Certificate II, III and IV in Floristry.

Beautiful displays, competitions, workshops, flower crowns, Industry education on flowers and plants grown in Queensland.

2017 Competition

ENTERING THE COMPETITION

The first three categories in this competition, are open to professional florists and floristry students. The last category requires that you are a student, registered and attending a floristry training college at Cert II and IIl level which is a registered training organisation.

Your chance to flaunt your artistic skills and personal imagination

INSTRUCTIONS

Heirloom Chair Design

Friday 11th August Delivery by 4pm 10th Aug, for viewing and opening on Friday 11th August.

Design and decorate a chair seat
The theme is ‘heirloom blooms’, let your imagination go wild!

You will need to provide your antique, rustic chair, fresh flower & horticultural materials, sundries and accessories, for this design, 70% horticultural material & 30% sundries & accessories.

You will also need to provide a little writing (A4) behind your design, which will be displayed with your entry. (Including your name and business details)

Your chair will be displayed along with your business details in the Floral Display Area inside the old museum for public viewing.

Fresh flowers and horticultural materials must predominate. You will need to prepare off site in your time and deliver by 4.00pm Thurs 10th August day to the venue for the opening on Friday. Judging Friday morning winners announced mid-day.

What are Heirloom Flowers?  As they say in the fashion industry, what is old is new again! Growing heirloom plants, vegetable, fruits and flowers has become a gardening trend in recent years, as people are rediscovering the benefits. Heirloom (or antique) flowers are plants that have been open-pollinated and have origins dating back 50 years or more. Some varieties are centuries old! These are the same flowers your great-great-grandparents would have grown in their gardens. The beauty of these flowers is that they can be enjoyed for generations

First Prize: Hendra Flower voucher valued at $200.00

Second Prize: Swann voucher valued at $100.00

Third Prize: A top quality floristry pruning knife valued at $65.00

                  

Mystery Box 1 – ‘Poetry of Flowers’

 Wednesday 16th August 2017 2.30pm – 3.15pm on stage

Allocated time 45 minutes plus 10 minutes viewing and sorting.

 Horticultural materials, sundries and accessories from Koch & Co will be provided on the commencement of the competition.

Your creation will be displayed along with your business details in the Floral Display area inside The Old Museum for public viewing.

First Prize: Redlands Fresh Flowers Voucher valued at $125

Second Prize: A top quality floristry pruning knife + Australian native flower book valued at $80.00

Third Prize: Flower school apron + Australia native book valued at $40.00

Judging – people’s choice – winners announced 19th August 2107

Mystery Box 2 – ‘Vintage’

Thursday 17th August 1.30pm – 2.15pm

Allocated time 45 minutes plus 10 minutes viewing and sorting.

Horticultural materials, sundries and accessories will be provided on the commencement of the competition.

Your design will be displayed along with your business details in the Floral Display Area inside The Old Museum for public viewing.

First Prize: Dijrang Plantation (organic grown foliage) voucher valued $125

Second Prize: A top quality floristry pruning knife + Australian native flower book valued at $80.00

Third Prize: Flower School Apron + Pair of floristry scissors valued at $40

Judging – people’s choice- winners announced 20th August 2107

 

Wearable Headpiece or Hat

Monday 14th August 2016 1.30pm – 2.30pm on stage

Allocated time 60 minutes

 

You are invited to join the Fairy Queen at the annual “Garden Party” where you will create a hat or fascinator to wear.

You will need to provide all your own sundries, accessories, fresh flower & horticultural materials for this design, fresh flowers and horticultural materials must predominate. You may do prior preparation of frame work for your headpiece or hat if required but no horticultural materials can be prepared until the allocated time frame has begun.

Your design will be placed on a head provided, and displayed in the floral area inside the Old museum for the public to view.

First Prize: Swann voucher valued at $200

Second Prize: The Flower School Floristry kit valued at $118.00

Third Prize: Hendra Flower voucher valued at $50.00

Judging – People’s Choice – winners announced 16th August 2107

EKKA 2016

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Merry Christmas From The Team at The Flower School

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Fairy Toadstool – Nelson NZ

We love this time of year, holidays and good times with family and friends are here!  This week we were reminded by a childhood memory, “How Santa came to wear His “Red and White” suit.

According to the theory, the legend of Santa derives from shamans in the Siberian and Arctic regions who dropped into locals’ homes with a bag full of Holy Mushrooms as presents in late December,

“As the story goes, up until a few hundred years ago, these practicing sharmans or priests connected to the older traditions would collect Amanita muscaria (the Holy Mushroom), dry them and then give them as gifts on the winter solstice,” “Because snow is usually blocking doors, there was an opening in the roof through which people entered and exited, thus the chimney story.”( The Amanita muscaria mushroom, which is deep red with white flecks.)

  1. Mushrooms, like gifts, are found beneath pine trees.
    People bring pine trees into their houses at the winter solsticeplacing brightly coloured (red-and-white) packages under their boughs, as gifts to show their love for each other. This is because, underneath the pine bough is the exact location where one would find this Mushroom in the wild. (Note: Do not eat these mushrooms, as they can be poisonous.)
  2. Reindeer were shaman “spirit animals.” Reindeer are common in Siberia and northern Europe, and seek out these hallucinogenic fungi. Biologist who studies fungi, suggests that Siberian tribesmen who ingested fly agaric may have hallucinated that the grazing reindeer were flying.
  3. Shamans dressed like … Santa Claus.
    These shamans “also have a tradition of dressing up like the mushroom … they dress up in red suits with white spots,” Tree ornaments shaped like Amanita mushrooms and other depictions of the fungi are also prevalent in Christmas decorations throughout the world, particularly in Scandinavia and northern Europe.
  4. Rudolph’s nose resembles a bright-red mushroom.
    Rudolph as another example of the mushroom imagery resurfacing: His nose looks exactly like a red mushroom.
  5. “A Visit from St. Nicholas” may have borrowed from shaman rituals
    Many of the modern details of the modern-day Santa Claus come from the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (which later became famous as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”). The poem is credited to Clement Clarke Moore, an aristocratic academic who lived in New York City.

Have a wonderful, Happy and Safe Christmas to you all!
And Best wishes for 2016

 

The Flower School May 2016 Open Night

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Open Night
Come and Join us tonight 18th May 2016

6.00pm – 8.00pm

The Flower School Pty Ltd is  a Registered Training Organisation.

  We offer Training Courses that are Nationally Recognised and Government Accredited.

 SFL20115 Certificate II,  SFL30115 Certificate III and SFL40115 Certificate IV in Floristry 

  Certificate III in floristry Students will be displaying their work.

6 Winchester Street, HAMILTON 4007

 

ALL WELCOME  TO ATTEND

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