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Thu, Feb 29


St. Lawrence College

Skills Competition 2024 - Floristry

Provide secondary competitors with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and understanding of Floristry and Floral Art in the form of arrangements.

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Skills Competition 2024 - Floristry
Skills Competition 2024 - Floristry

Time & Location

Feb 29, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST

St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Ave, Kingston, ON K7L 5A6, Canada


Committee Members:    Geoff Petznick, Courtney Soucy

Limestone Skills Competition Chairs:  Becky Mair,

Judges: To be determined

Notes to the Participant:

St Lawrence College – room to be determined.

All participants must have a basic knowledge of basic Floristry in order to safely compete in this event.

Prior experience with flower arrangements, names of flowers and foliage and care of handling fresh material.

9:00am - 9:30am          Competitor Registration & Welcome

9:30am - 12:30pm          Competition

12:30pm - 1:00pm          Lunch (Bring your own)

1:00pm - 3:30pm          Competition

3:30pm - 4:00pm          Clean up

4:00pm - 5:00pm          Pizza & Results Submitted

5:30pm - 6:30pm          Awards

6:30pm - 7:30pm          Open House & Collect Projects/Tools

Purpose of the Contest:

To provide secondary competitors with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and understanding of Floristry and Floral Art in the form of arrangements relevant to:

  • Floral design.
  • Floral and foliage names.
  • Fresh floral and foliage preparations and care while placement in arrangements.
  • Safety with tools needed for fresh floral and foliage arrangements.

Skills and Knowledge to be tested:

Practical: 90% / Theory (Communication): 10%


  • Composition reflecting elements and principles of design.
  • Skill in design and construction.
  • Colour application.

Thinking and Inquiry:

  • Selection of suitable design styles to reflect theme.
  • Selection of appropriate materials to execute design.
  • Selection of appropriate.


  • Descriptive language, use of proper botanical or common names.
  • Description of overall appearance of final arrangement.


  • Of design elements and principles
  • Of basic botanical names of flowers and foliage
  • Of floral forms
  • Of care and handling of fresh materials

Practical Portion accounts for 90% of the mark and will include the items below.

  1. Symmetrical Arrangement and clean up.
  2. Vase Arrangement and clean up.
  3. Mystery Box Design and clean up.

Theory/Communication for 10% of the mark and will include the item below.

  1. Written description of the Mystery Box Design.


Test #1: One Symmetrical Arrangement – Easter Theme

Test Objective:

Once symmetrical design will be performed using the materials provided. This is an arrangement designed to be displayed at the entrance of a front office.

  • Mechanics must be secure and covered.
  • Students may solve this challenge in a variety of ways, however, basic principles and elements of design must be evident.

Test #2: Vase Arrangement – Easter Theme

Test Objective:

A vase arrangement suitable for the dinner table. The table is rectangle in shape and is 6 feet long 4 feet wide and will be the only arrangement on the table.

  • Mechanics must be secured and covered.
  • Students may solve this challenge in a variety of ways, however, basic principles and elements of design must be evident.

Test #3 Mystery Box Design

Test Objective:

A floral design using the materials from the mystery box that will be gifted to judges and sponsors involved in the competition.


No interview required at this competition!


The following criteria is used in each of the floral displays created


  • Impact /5
  •           Initial impression
  • Originality /5
  •           Level of innovation and creativity
  • Colour /5
  •           Use of colour harmonies
  •           Movement of colour within the design
  • Depth /5
  •           Creation of dimension within the design
  •           Balance
  •           Physical and visual balance
  • Harmony /5
  •           Relationship between different components of the design
  • Mechanics /5
  •           Technical and Skill

Practical Total (Weight: 90%)


The Following criteria is used for the written description of the Mystery box

  • Knowledge /5
  •           Identification of flower and foliage names
  • Communication /5
  •           Descriptive language used to describe the design

Theory/Communication Total (Weight:10%)


Overall Total


There can be no ties – if the score is even after the contest, the symmetrical arrangement section will be used as the tie-breaker. Any rule infractions will result in appropriate mark deductions at the discretion of the judges.

Equipment and Materials

Supplied by Chair:

  • Apron
  • Wire Cutters
  • Closed-Toe Shoes
  • Flower shears/snips
  • Garding gloves (optional)
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil(s)
  • Paper for design concepts
  • 2 Small Containers for Storage
  • Dustpan and Brush, Absorbent Cloth, Roll of Paper Towels
  • Pruning Shears
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Wooden Picks (variety of sizes)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Snacks
  • All general health and safety guidelines and protective equipment as noted in the safety section.

** Notes, additional materials or assisting devices are not permitted unless listed above. One exception will be the use of asstive technology for the written component of the competition. **

Prior to this Competition, students should be familiar with and competent in the use of the tools and equipment listed above as well as safety precautions that should be observed.

Supplied by Skills Ontario:

  • Containers
  • Flowers and Foliage
  • Chenille Wire, #22, #24, #30
  • Tulle
  • 2 Stock Pails
  • Tubs to Soak Oasis
  • Garbage Pails
  • Decorative Wire and Accessories


Safety is a priority in our competitions. At the discretion of the Technical Committee, any competitor can be removed from the competition site for not having the proper safety equipment and/or not acting in a safe manner.

Competitors must wear closed-toe shoes, no high heels (1 inch heel will be allowed) and no slip-on shoes or sandals.

Competitors must show competence in the use of tools and/or equipment outlined in this scope and can be removed at the discretion of the judges and technical chairs they do not display tool and/or equipment competency.

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