The Allied Florist

 Monthly Newsletter of the Allied Florists of Houston

Jim johnson

 March 2018

AFH Quick Calendar of Events

 Mar  3

Texas Designer of the Year Competition
Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor & Education Center at Bayou Bend – Houston
In conjunction with River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail

 Mar  6

 Jim Johnson Cup at Pikes Peak of Texas

 Apr 10

 Houston Cup Competition - "Houston IS" at Pikes Peak of TX

 Apr 11

 Texas Floral Showcase “Metroplex Region” City Club Fort Worth, TX

 June TBD

 End of year meeting / Voting in new Board for 2019

 Jul 14-15

 Texas Floral Forum – South Shore Harbor Resort and Conference
 Center, League City, Texas

 Oct 3

 Texas Floral Showcase “West Texas Region” McKensie- Merket Alumni
 Center Lubbock, TX

Jim Johnson Cup flyer

  Jim Johnson Competition

I had a chance to ask Ken Senter a few questions about how the Jim Johnson Cup came into fruition and what drove him to honor Mr. Johnson with this annual event, I hope you enjoy his answers.

How long have you and Mr. Johnson been friends?
During my last semester at Texas A&M University as a Floriculture major in 1975, Mr Johnson joined the staff as an instructor.  Over the past 40 years, we have become close friends, sharing a passion for floral education.

How did you get the idea for the Jim Johnson Cup?
During our lives, we are surrounded by individuals who seem to touch the lives of those around them. Mr Johnson is one of those people. His enthusiasm for teaching floral design is contagious. Over these 40 years, Jim has shared his knowledge and floral design education to so many students. He gives everything with passion. Once he retired, I thought , there needs to be an evening to honor Mr. Johnson. So I begin putting this idea in motion. I spoke with Jim Haley, the owner of Pikes Peak of Texas and he jumped right on board. The idea of having a national floral design competition seemed a perfect  way to honor

I was quite impressed with the amount of people who come to Texas to design in the Jim Johnson cup can you explain why you think they will travel so far to compete in this cup.
There are so few major floral design competitions these days, that competitive designers are looking for a space  to compete. Our first two years on the JJ Cup, we have had 15 of the 38 designers from states other than Texas. This is amazing considering the Cup is held on a Tuesday evening. Plus the evening is honoring one of the industry's top floral educators. We hope to grow this competition even larger.

How important do you think Design Competition is to our industry?
Floral design competitions are important, in that they help to push your creative talents. They also force you to study the Principles and Elements of Design. When a designer can step out of the "Box" and explore new ideas, it helps them to grow as a better designer. I also believe that floral competitions are important for the newer designers, so that they can have aspirations to grow. When a designer competes it allows them to stretch their imagination.

How did you secure the entry into the "Gateway to the Americas Cup" Competition?
We are very excited to partner with The Gateway to the America's this year.  The winner of the Jim Johnson Cup will be one of 5 designers representing the United States at the Gateway this year. I spoke with Deborah De La Flor and mentioned my ideas and she felt it was a great fit. We are so excited that the JJ Cup winner can advance to an International competition.

This is only the 2nd JJ Cup, how long will you be doing this competition? 
I hope that the Jim Johnson Cup will continue for a long time. It is so awesome that there is this much interest. It is a great evening to honor Jim Johnson, AIFD.

Jim Johnson and Ken Senter

Jim Johnson and Ken Senter

Jim Johnson Cup 2018 constestants

2017 Jim Johnson Design Cup Competitors

  Houston Cup Information
Houston Cup Flyer

Houston Cup Rules

All entrants must be in good standing with Allied Florists of Houston. The winner of the Houston cup advances to the TSFA Texas Designer of the Year competition in 2019. The winner must maintain AFH or TSFA membership throughout all levels of competition. Previous Houston cup winners are eligible to compete provided they have not won the Texas Designer of the Year competition or the Sylvia Cup competition. All entrants must be present for the judging and for the announcement of the winner.

Limited to the first 25 entries, the deadline for AFH members is February 18th 2018. If there are available spaces after the deadline, those spaces will be open to members and non-members who are residents of the state of Texas (on a fist come first serve basis), with a deadline of March 18th, 2018. The non-refundable registration fee for AFH members is $75.00 and non-members is $150.00. Members who have not renewed their membership before February 1st, 2018 will be charged the non-member fee for the Houston cup competition. All registrations must include the official entry form, the non-refundable registration fee, a short bio and photo. Please make all checks payable to Allied Florists of Houston.

There will be a preliminary round in the Houston Cup competition. "The Interpretive design will be the preliminary round." Only the top 50% or top 10 will continue on to the next round. Interpretive designs will be a designer’s choice arrangement for the "Houston Is" Theme. Designers will create a design interpreting what they feel "Houston Is" this design will be viewed from all sides, not to exceed 30x30 with no height restrictions and at least 50% of the total composition MUST be flowers. Each entrant will provide their own prop/container for the interpretive design not to exceed $75.00 wholesale cost. A receipt must be provided for prop/container by each entrant.

Timeline for 2018 Houston Cup Competition- APRIL 10, 2018

1:30 - 2:00pm     Check in with Prop and receipt
2:00pm   Mandatory meeting at Pikes Peak of Texas. Each entrant must attend.
- Those not in attendance will be disqualified
2:15pm   Interpretive design begins
6:00pm   Announcement of the final 50% or top 10 will be made. Interpretive designs that did not make the final stage of the competition cannot be removed until the competition is over at 9:00 pm
6:30pm   Final phase will start promptly at 6:30 with two categories and times for each piece will be strictly adhered to. First category:  Centerpiece for a fundraiser to support rebuilding Houston.  - 40 minutes allowed to complete- all materials for this design will be provided by AFH.
7:10pm   5 minute break
7:25pm   Surprise Situation - 30 minutes allowed to complete - all materials for this design will be provided by AFH.
7:55pm   End of competition

Judging will be divided into 10 categories: Creativity, Scale, Unity, Line, Balance, Focal Emphasis, Depth, Color and Mechanics. The judging will be on a scale of one to ten (poor to excellent). In the event of a tie, the judges will re-evaluate the work of the tied entrants considering strictly artistic expression.

Each entrant must bring their own tools: knife, scissors, non-decorative wire, tape (floral stem wrap, water proof tape), wire cutters, needle nose pliers, picks, floral adhesive, Tak 1000 or 2000, Ulgu. A station will be provided for your hot melt glue pan or glue gun, you will need to provide your extension cord. No paints, ribbons, decorative wires or accessories of any kind may be used by the entrants. Only materials supplied by AFH may be used. Failure to comply with this rule will result in disqualification, at the discretion of the Houston Cup Chair.

1st Place: $300.00 and AFH representative to the Texas Designer of the Year Competition for 2019. The first place winner will also be compensated up to but not exceeding $100.00 entry fee in the Texas Designer of the Year competition and reimbursed up to but not exceeding $400.00 in expenses for hotel, food and travel expenses (TSFA membership is the responsibility of the designer). All receipts must be turned in for payment.

2nd Place: $200.00. In the event that the first place winner cannot represent AFH at the Texas Designer of the Year Competition, the 2nd place winner will take their place.

3rd Place: $100.00. In the event that the first and second place winners cannot represent AFH at the Texas Designer of the Year competition, the 3rd place winner will take their place.

  Boutonniere Diaries

It is time once again for the boutonniere diaries. It is fun each issue to bring you these boutonnieres in hope that you are learning new techniques, ideas and even new products to utilize in your shops each time.

boutonniere 1 Our first design this month features a backing from Fitz Designs, the silver metallic ribbon back is placed atop a backing covered in lime green ribbon to add even more color to the design. In this piece a portion of shell, dyed orange, is wired across the center with bullion wire and has a geranium bloom that is resting on top of the shell. Using layers of color, in this case, in this manner, adds depth which is often harder to achieve in small designs.

boutonnier 2 The second piece happened because of circumstance, we have a bearded dragon at school that was shedding, the skin was so pretty I had to use it. The skin is attached to flat wire using Tak 2000 and trimmed to size, the texture is so cool on this piece, a spiral of lily grass is glued on top of the base and seeded eucalyptus and ornithogalum attached as the focal point. Using unusual product creates so much of a buzz and people loved the shed skin of the bearded dragon.

boutonnier 3The Sunday before Valentines day, I created a boutonniere without any flowers. There has been a trend, for a while, away from flower boutonnieres. It is not fading so we need to learn to keep up with the trends and here it is. A book page covers a piece of flat wire, again Tak 2000, heart shaped beads and red glass beads are strung and wired in place with bullion wire and cupid is glued on at the bottom. Leaves are cut from the book page and glued in for interest and depth.

boutonnier 4
In the fourth design, I chose to use plastic placemat, again the use of unusual products for purposes other than their original intent. Cut it to size and in this case I used a spiral of fern frond spines wrapped in bullion wire, blue hydrangea blossoms, a sprig of rosemary and onion skins for additional color and texture. The onion skin was another point on much discussion at church that day as you can imagine.

boutonnier 5 Leather is certainly not new in the floral world, having been used in the past in arrangements, as containers etc. but I thought it would be cool to use some pieces in boutonnieres. Here I cut a piece of fur on cheetah print leather to shape and adhered it to flat wire for structure. The gold pieces are just paper drinking straws cut on the diagonal and glued in place. Fitting the tribal sort of feel, I chose succulents as the floral product, the leaves from three different succulent plants were chosen to take center stage on this piece.

boutonnier 2 Holding in them with the leather, the final piece has zebra printed fur on hide, bunched and glued to a flat wire back for structure. This design was inspired by the feathers from my neighbors blue and gold macaw. They were on the ground outside my house from cleaning the cage and I got so excited when I saw them. I cleaned them, glued them in place and attached a lily grass knotted orb at the point of convergence. Three silver beads are glued on the bottom and three metal silver rods are attached into the feather cluster.

I hope to have challenged you into thinking outside the box with regards to the usage of product. Like I always say, keep blooming and go out make something beautiful today.

  Pictures from January Design Program

collage from Feb

Message from the President

Greetings Floral Family, 

Vday is behind us for another year, I trust it was a huge success for each of you. March is so very busy with the JJ cup, Texas cup and many other things going on, so we will not be having a program this month to keep from overwhelming everyone with meetings to attend. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at the Houston Cup Competition this year in April. I hope that all of you are making plans to see who this year’s winner will be. It is always an exciting time watching the competitors. If you are planning to compete and have not as yet signed up, time is running out, don’t wait too long.  

We are in need of people to fill some of the board positions that will be vacated this year due to terms expiring. We have been so blessed over the past few years to have had really knowledgeable and passionate people on the board serving Allied, and are in need of more passionate individuals to fill a few spots that will be vacant come September. If you are interested, please see one of the current board members at Houston cup or email us for more information. Thank you all for your continued support of Allied Florists of Houston. We don’t say it nearly enough, that we could not do what we do without each and everyone of you. You make this organization possible and more than that, you make this organization better and more fabulous.

Thank you to each and every one of you who have made comments over the past couple of months about the January program. It was such an honor to present to you, my friends, (by the way, it was a little unnerving to present to so many talented people that I know so well). Thank you for attending and making the program a success. I hope you walked away learning at least one thing that you can take back to your shops. As always, keep blooming and go out and make something beautiful today. 

Alan Masters AIFD, CFD


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Dues can be paid online and fax your completed application to 281-360-1035 OR
Mail your check and completed application to:
Allied Florists of Houston
c/o: Taylor Wholesale
1601 W. 21st
Houston, TX 77008

Retail Membership Qualifications 
Retail shops actively engaged in the full time sale of flowers, plants, and related items and located within 100 miles of Houston qualify for this classification. 
The locations shall be clearly identified by an outside florist sign; shall have a separate sales area; a floral display refrigerator; and shall have a delivery vehicle.
At the time of application for membership, the retail shop shall have been engaged in the florist business for at least six months; have a commercial telephone listing; have a full time designer on duty at all times; and belong to at least one wire service.
~ Annual dues are $150 billed each July
~ Includes Voting Privileges
Download the Retail Membership Application.

Wholesale / Grower Membership Qualifications
Individuals, wholesalers or wholesale-grower firms who are actively engaged in the production and/or distribution of cut flowers and/or plants and/or related items and located within 100 miles of Houston qualify for this classification.
~Annual dues are $150 billed each July
~ Includes Voting Privileges
Download the Wholesale/Grower Membership Application.

Associate Membership Qualifications
Associate Members shall be firms or individuals engaged in wholesale or floral related businesses not qualifying for retail member classification.
~Annual dues are $150 billed each July
~ Includes Voting Privileges
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General Membership Qualifications
General Members shall be individuals employed within the floral industry or students or instructors of floriculture, landscape gardening, landscape architecture, or ornamental horticulture. 
~Annual dues are $50 billed each July
~ NO Voting Privileges.
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