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Dennis van Wonderen BFA Events Director London

Events Director for the British Florist Association, Dennis van Wonderen who runs his own florist business van Wonderen Flowers in Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex has been practicing the art of floristry for decades. Dennis is excited about showcasing The British Florist Association and it's members expertise across many RHS shows. This year will see the Eurofleurs competition taking centre stage in the BFA Marquee at the Tatton Park Flower Show in Cheshire.

  • Date Joined: 10 Apr 2008

Eurofleurs Update

Posted by Dennis van Wonderen on 30 Jun 2010 at 07:22 PM

Bored of the Eurovision Song contest?  Yawning at the thought of the World Cup?  Well, it’s all about the battle of the buds in 2010, as Europe’s most talented florists compete to be named champion at the final of Eurofleurs 2010 taking place at the RHS Show Tatton Park (21-25 July). Eurofleurs is organised by FLORINT, the international organisation of florists, representing the national organisations of 20 European countries, created with the intention of bringing together the different nations as well as raising the profile of up and coming floristry talent. The competition began in 1998 and rapidly established itself as one of the highlights of the international floristry calendar.  It takes place every four years, with a different member country hosting each final. As a celebration of new creativity in the industry, it’s only open to florists under the age of 25, all of which have to undergo a series of tough trials in their own country before being selected as the candidate to represent their nation in the final.  Only one applicant from each country can reach the final. Although England’s chances in the World Cup have proved to be unsuccessful, Eurofleurs 2010 will be a guaranteed opportunity to celebrate, with this year’s event being organised by the BFA and taking place at the North West’s horticultural highlight, the RHS Show Tatton Park. Flying the flag for Britain will be Joe Massie from Liverpool, who is tipped to go all the way and help banish the blues of past Eurovision singing disasters.  Joe has an excellent floral pedigree having already won at five national competitions including RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year.  He has often been referred to as the most talented florist of his generation. In pursuit of the top prize, Joseph and his competitors will be set five tasks, each themed around the concept of “art at Tatton”, which they will have to complete at the show within the British Florist Association Marquee.  Tatton Park is one of the most historic estates in the UK, with over 50 acres of gardens to inspire the young competitors.  The display will have to demonstrate both their creativity and technical ability to make sure they don’t receive nil points from the judges. Visitors to the RHS Show Tatton Park will be able to visit the marquee during the competition and see how the contestants’ work is progressing.  The competition will commence the day before the show opens (20th July) and visitors will be able to see the contestants’ work displayed until Friday 23 July. 

The fate of the competitors then rests in the hands of members of the UK floristry judges guild, plus international judges from FLORINT who will decide who has what it takes to walk away with the Eurofleurs cup and be named 2010 champion! The judging panel is made up of European representation including; Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Croatia and Italy

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