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FTD World Cup 2019

At the beginning of this month, Philadelphia was host to one of the biggest floral events of the year – the Interflora World Cup. We sent our very own Mayesh Miami Sales Rep Steven Watkins to get in on the action and report back on his experience. Read on to get a peek into the incredible event that is the Interflora World Cup!


FTD World Cup, WOW! What an experience, thousands of  floral enthusiasts from around the globe descended on the Philadelphia Flower Show for three days of  floral competition at its highest level.  Overall, 23 global competitors competed for the coveted title of World Champion, throughout this three-day event.

DAY ONE

Part 1 – The first theme being Harmony in Architecture, the challenge was to have a 70/30 mix of botanicals to structure in a minimal two hour time limit, and to make sure that the smallest details had meaning and purpose in their architectural arrangement. Each designer created their structure prior to arrival at the competition, some as large as 7 ft by 7 ft. This left two hours to complete all florals, and what a whirlwind! Twenty-three competitors to view as they worked with the most luxurious flowers globally available, building their works of art, adding layer after layer until time ran out! Twenty-three works of art, as different as the creators who made them.

Part 2 – The second theme was Hand Tied Bouquet, Strength of Color.  The competitors were challenged with creating a bouquet that speaks to an observer and demonstrates how color and light are inseparable. Additionally, the bouquet must be able to be held in one hand. All of this in just ninety minutes – flowers and hands flying, exquisite bouquets created, some with armatures, some without, tight and clustered or loose and airy -the styles as different as the countries the designers came from. Dreamy pastel colors to hot and bright, every flower had its day, from carnations to luxe vanda orchids in gorgeous color stories. The competition was strong, with everyone putting their skills to the test!  At the end of day one, the crowd was as exhausted as the competitors, complete sensory overload, so much to take in, so many design styles to evaluate and consider, what a tough choice this was going to be.

DAY TWO

Part 1 – To kick off day two, the theme was Table for Two – The Power of Flowers. The challenge was to create a complete table setting for two that interpreted life changing transformation through love and hope. The power of love to be featured through flowers and the design should stimulate at least four of the five senses. With only two hours to complete this monumental task, everyone had laser focus and steadily worked their way through the designs. From strongly architectural to completely whimsical, each table for two expressed the theme, love and emotion through flowers. Expectations were high and everyone was thrilled by the outcomes of the designs, amazingly strong competition, although leaders were certainly starting to emerge from the previous days competition as well as the morning session of day two.

Part 2 – A “surprise” basket containing American Grown Flowers, which seemed to throw a few designers for a loop, moments of hesitation and then they were off. With just ninety minutes to go, some narrowed the flower choices to a minimum, others using every item.  Containers and stands provided by a sponsor were used in a variety of ways, with many people turning the stands on their sides and using them as a base to build arrangements with stems in plates of water, others taking the more traditional floral foam route, building creations in concrete containers.  This challenge really separated the field and everyone was excited to attend the Semifinal Reception dinner to discover who would be moving on, from a field of twenty-three it would soon be narrowed to 10.

DAY THREE

By the third day, the competitors had been narrowed to 10, with the cream of the crop rising to the top. This morning’s challenge was another surprise basket with a two-hour time limit, designers choice. For those in the crowd who had not attended the Semifinal Reception, it was a mad dash around the hall, checking to see if their favorite designers had made it through to battle on today. Although everyone was a star, unfortunately some had been knocked out due to flowers dying, and structures falling, making it impossible to stay in the competition with such a strong field.

At this point, at least in my mind, there were two people who clearly stood out from the others – these two would go on to win the night along with Second Runner Up, Tamas Mezoffy of Hungary.  Congratulations to Bart Hassam of Australia, whose bold, clean, architectural, east meets west designs won him the title of World Champion, and to First Runner Up  Natalia Zhizhko of Russia, whose elegant, feminine, whimsical designs were as delicately beautiful as Mr. Hassam’s bold architecture.

For a World Cup newbie like myself, I am now truly enamored by competition floral, and certainly intend to make a spot on my calendar (as should everyone interested in the Art of Flowers) every four to six years to attend what can only be considered the pinnacle of floral design.

Mayesh Design Star Seattle Workshop Recap

 

We just wrapped up our 2018 Mayesh Design Star Tour last month, so we wanted to take a look back at the year and all the great workshops we were able to host! This year’s tour and workshop centered around the theme of “Curate & Create,” and Kaylee of Flourish by Kay and her assistant Jamie Heusser led students in identifying their brand and creating beautiful floral designs.

 

Our Seattle workshop in July was held at Metropolist, a modern and industrial space in Seattle’s SODO district. The venue was spacious and open and provided the perfect amount of natural light for our summer workshop.

 


 

DAY ONE

 

To kick off the workshop, Monday began with a networking event. Students enjoyed wine and appetizers while getting to know each other and listening to presentations from our very own Dave Tagge about all the great products the students would be working with. Kaylee then led the students in a mood boarding activity in which she discussed the importance of identifying one’s individual brand and using that to guide their floral designs.

 

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

To kick off day two, the students revisited their mood boards in order to have a clear vision as they dove into a day of designing, followed by a centerpiece demonstration and then finally getting their hands on all of the beautiful product to make their own, using compotes provided by Accent Decor.

 

After lunch catered by The London Plane, Kaylee and her assistant Jamie worked with the students on two different installations: a ceremony setup with petite aisle pieces and a floral trellis, and a wildflower field. Assistant extraordinaire Jamie then doubled as our model for the day, posing among the wildflower “field” the students created… we’re obsessed with how those photos turned out! The student’s work was also photographed by Nicole Clarey on a minimal yet beautifully styled table by Kaylee using pieces from Classic Vintage Rentals in Portland, OR.

 

To wrap up the workshop, Kaylee answered floral business questions and as a special treat, her husband Landon shared his passion for brand storytelling and how he has challenged Kaylee to hone in on her brand using this storytelling strategy.

 

 


 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Venue: Metropolist
Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals
Model: Jamie Heusser

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

You’re Invited: 40th Anniversary Celebration

Mayesh 40th Anniversary Celebration

 

As many of you know, this month we are celebrating our 40th Anniversary! We’ve talked about it here and there throughout the year, but October 1st, 1978 was the official first day we owned the company, so the real celebrations begin now!

While we’ll have some fun things going on throughout the month, it’ll all lead up to our 40th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday October 31st! We know, we know… it’s the same day as Halloween. But hear us out! In honor of 1978, we’ll be throwing a 1970’s Throwback Themed Costume Party… so, it basically works out perfectly since you’ll already be dressing up, right?

The party will take place at your local branch during their regular hours, and refreshments will be served. So get ready to boogie back to 1978 with us as we celebrate forty amazing years as a company!

 


 

 

WHEN: Wednesday, October 31st

 

WHERE: Your local branch

 

WHAT: Mayesh’s 40th Anniversary 70’s Throwback Celebration

 

 

Mayesh 40th Anniversary Celebration

 

Mayesh Design Star Charleston Workshop Recap

 

The year is flying by, and although we have only one workshop left in our 2018 Mayesh Design Star workshop series, we still have our past three workshops to recap!

 

First up: CHARLESTON

 

Our May Charleston workshop was just featured on Botanical Brouhaha, but there are so many more beautiful photos we just had to share.

The workshop was held at The Cedar Room, a dreamy venue located in Charleston’s historic Cigar Factory. With white washed brick walls, tall windows and as much natural light as you could possibly hope for, this venue was more than perfect for our spring inspired workshop.

 


 

DAY ONE

 

As with our Miami workshop, we started the workshop Monday evening with a networking event. The students enjoyed appetizers and wine while meeting one another and watching presentations from Ryan O’Neil of Curate & Jodi Duncan for Design Master. Following their educational presentations, Kaylee discussed the important role mood boards play in her design process, and had each student create their own as a way to help define their style. Everyone – the Mayesh team included! – then went around and wrote a descriptive word next to each mood board, leaving each student with a long list of words to help articulate their style in five words. This exercise was a great way to get the students thinking about their unique styles and coming into day two with more intention.

 

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

Day two was all about design. Kaylee and her assistant Jamie led the students in a group installation activity. When the students arrived, the ceremony was set up with a simple, bare arch and two large urn arrangements to show one option for a ceremony set up. Then, as a class they created the second ceremony option: a lush floral arch and aisleway installation using spirea, garden roses and peonies.

Following the installation, Kaylee demonstrated how she creates her signature bridal bouquets. The students then designed their own bouquets, finished off with gorgeous silk ribbon from Adorn Company and photographed with local model Hilary Rose.

 

 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Venue: The Cedar Room
Rentals: Ooh! Events
Ribbon: Adorn
Model: Hilary Rose
Dress: Fabulous Frocks Bridal
HMUA: Pampered & Pretty

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 


 

To learn more and reserve your spot in our LAST workshop of the year in Salt Lake City, click here!

 

The Floral Gathering

Floral Gathering Portland

 

We’re smack dab in the middle of wedding season, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the majority of you are a little bit tired and a lotta bit in need of a mental reset! Well, the ladies of Good Seed Floral  and Brier + Ivy in Portland, OR are fully aware of the struggle, and they decided to do something about it! In our ever evolving industry, where collaboration and community between floral designers is flourishing, they decided to start The Floral Gathering, an opportunity for designers to come together to play with flowers and connect with one another over a meal. Our very own Jocelyn Kehrle attended the first Floral Gathering last night… here’s what she had to say!

 


 

I had the opportunity to attend the first Floral Gathering in Portland tonight! It’s all about bringing our floral community together and making beautiful floral arrangements. Amy from Brier + Ivy and Joanna and Taylor from Good Seed Floral hosted the event. It was beautiful and intimate and we created a whole lot of beautiful things! Foraged Blooms attended as well as BLUE Floral Company, For the Love of Floral, Hart Floral, Vanessa Schmidt Co. and Lou + You Florals. It was an evening filled with gorgeous blooms, beautiful people and friends!

 

 

Floral Gathering Portland

Floral Gathering Portland

Floral Gathering Portland

Floral Gathering Portland

Floral Gathering Portland

Floral Gathering Portland

Floral Gathering Portland

Floral Gathering Portland

Floral Gathering Portland

Floral Gathering Portland

 

We absolutely love this idea, and are so inspired by the collaborative nature of the floral industry right now. If your floral community does something similar, let us know! We’d love to share the different ways our customers are connecting, working together, or just dealing with the craziness that comes with being a florist. Cheers to you!

 

Mayesh Design Star Miami Workshop Recap

 

As we gear up for our third workshop of the year in Seattle, we’re taking a look back on our first workshop this past January in Miami! Now that it has officially been published on Botanical Brouhaha, we’re excited to share some more of the beautiful photos and video to give you a look into what our Curate & Create Workshop Tour with Kaylee Young really looks like.

Our Miami workshop was held at 255 Studio, a photography studio in the vibrant Wynwood Arts District that provided the perfect blank canvas for Kaylee to work with.

 


 

VIDEO

 

DAY ONE

 

The workshop kicked off with an evening networking event. Two of our product sponsors (Hosa & Alexandra Farms) stopped by to talk about their products while the students ate delicious appetizers from Food Guy Catering. Then Kaylee led the class in a mood boarding activity in an effort to help the students define their own, unique design styles and come into the next day with intention.

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

The second day of the workshop focused on design. Kaylee walked the students through her entire process from order curation to design. The students were then given the opportunity to create their own centerpieces using the most amazing product from our sponsors.

The last piece of the workshop was a group installation, led by Kaylee and her design assistant, Jamie Heusser. Together they created a chuppah and aisleway installation with a variety of foliages and garden roses.

 

 

 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Videography: Talewind Visuals
Venue: 255 Miami Studio
Rentals: Elements & AccentsLavish Event Rentals
Catering: Food Guy Catering

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 


 

To learn more about our workshops and reserve your spot in one of the remaining three (Seattle, Santa Barbara or Salt Lake City), click here!

 

MDS Seattle Workshop Vendor Feature: Metropolist

 

Guys! We’re so excited that we were able to add an extra Design Star workshop in Seattle with Kaylee Young, and we wanted to share the exciting news that we officially have a venue! The workshop will be held at Metropolist in SODO on July 16th & 17th. Here’s a little information about the space:

 

Metropolist is housed in the historic Ederer Building on 1st Avenue South. Built in 1919, the Ederer Crane building was used to manufacture large-scale cranes for construction projects around the area. You will discover one of the cranes remains in our space and adds an industrial and urban vibe to events and parties.

Metropolist is fully customizable, making it an ideal location for a Seattle wedding, celebration or company event. Metropolist evokes the dramatic effect of an urban industrial warehouse with 14 foot walls and vaulted 25 foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, exposed piping overhead, warm and bright wood floors.

 

Metropolist has held many beautiful weddings and styled shoots, one of which was recently featured on Magnolia Rouge! Check out some images of the space and some gorgeous events they have hosted…

 

 


 

 

Design Star Seattle Workshop Venue Metropolist

 

Design Star Seattle Workshop Venue Metropolist

Photo: @whiskersandwillow 

 

Design Star Seattle Workshop Venue Metropolist

 

Design Star Seattle Workshop Venue Metropolist

Above two photos: @omalleyphotographers

 

Design Star Seattle Workshop Venue Metropolist Photo: @bluerosepictures

 


 

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Mayesh’s 40th Anniversary Open House Celebration

Mayesh 40th Anniversary Open House

 

As 2017 comes to a close (can you believe it?) we’re gearing up for another busy and exciting year at Mayesh. But one of the things we’re MOST excited about is the fact that we’ll be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2018!

We’ve come a long way since then, but like we said last year (and many times besides that) we wouldn’t be where we are today without YOU, our awesome customers. Whether you’ve been with us from the start or joined our tribe more recently, we appreciate your business and more importantly, value your role in the community we’ve built.

So, let’s all get together and celebrate Mayesh’s 40th anniversary and the customers who have been along for the ride!

 


 

Kick off the New Year with your Local Branch at our

 

Annual Open House

on January 17th, 2018

during business hours

 

for a day of Customer Appreciation, product specials, and fun!

 

For more specific details, reach out to your rep or local branch to find out how they’ll be celebrating!

 

Art in Full Bloom 2017

Art in Full Bloom - Crazy Daisy

YOU ARE INVITED!!

WHAT:
ART, FLORAL, FASHION, AND EDM TO BENEFIT AID FOR AIDS OF NEVADA (AFAN)

WHEN:
NOVEMBER 10, 2017
4PM – 9PM

WHERE:
MAYESH LAS VEGAS
3950 WEST DIABLO #B11, LAS VEGAS, NV 89118

ART * FLORAL * FASHION * MUSIC * PARTY

This year’s theme – CRAZY DAISY “A Neon Celebration of Colors” will be dedicated to AFAN – the HIV / AIDS community and their talents within the art and floral industries. Artists and designers will be asked to focus on the uses of electric colors in their art and floral designs. Attendees are encouraged to participate with flamboyant costumes and revelry.

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) provides support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. AFAN works to reduce HIV infection through prevention education to eliminate fear, prejudice and the stigma associated with the disease. AFAN is committed to a system that nurtures personal growth and dignity of persons served, which is emphasized during orientation, ongoing staff training and the culture of our organization.

Attendees are asked to make a donation to selected charity upon entrance, buy art, raffles, and bid at the silent auction.

Art in Full Bloom is a FREE event started as a simple open house for Mayesh Wholesale Florist and has grown into an eclectic mix of flora, art and fun! Local artists are asked to exhibit with opportunities to sell their art. In addition, local floral designers are asked to create a floral design to accent/complement the art piece. There will also be featured Floral Fantasy designs, a student competition, raffles, silent auction and fabulous noshes & libations.

Hope to see you there!!

 

 

CALL FOR ARTISTS

If you are a local artist or florist and are interested in participating in this year's event, get more information here:

MDS Portland Workshop Vendor Feature: Union/Pine

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

 

After a busy start to the year, we’ve taken a little break from our MDS workshop tour to enjoy the summer. But as this season comes to a close and we enter the fall season, we’re gearing up for our next workshop in Portland in October!

One of our favorite parts about this tour has been the diversity in venues, and how each space has really been a representation of its city. Our venue in Portland is no different, so we’re excited to share a little bit about Union/Pine, a true reflection of the Pacific Northwest.

The evolution of Union/Pine and how it came to be is a special story, and we can’t wait to be a part of its story in just two short months!

 

THE HISTORY OF UNION/PINE

 

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

 

The 10,000 square foot warehouse we now call Union/Pine was built in 1960, designed by the remarkable Margaret Fritsch, who was the first female architect in the State of Oregon. The building served as a storage facility for the Volunteers of America for its first 30 years, and shifted between a few other businesses throughout the 90’s before the main floor became a sign shop. The 2nd floor on the other hand came into the loving hands of Todd Fadel, who converted it into the legendary all-ages venue, Meow Meow. Hosting a slew of local and traveling talent from Death Cab and Modest Mouse to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Meow Meow was the go-to spot for countless teens and twenty-somethings for a handful of super fun years until they were forced to move locations and eventually close their doors.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

 

After another few years getting tossed around, 525 SE Pine was worse for the wear. A terribly leaky roof created massive puddles upstairs, rendering it completely uninhabitable. The sign shop crew had built rooms and cubicles throughout the main floor and covered them in sawdust and stuff for 20 years, and along the way, reinforced the rickety plexiglass windows with big wood doors, blocking out nearly all natural light. The exterior was a dingy white with rotting wood framing and stucco badly in need of repair when the building went up for sale in 2011. One Spring afternoon, Patrick Triato, a fresh transplant from Ohio, rode by on his way to work at his product design firm, and he fell in love.

Patrick inked a deal days later that countless architects and developers had passed on because it was “too much work”, and the building was officially his. Now all he had to do was to power through the remodel, and find a roommate to help pay the rent.

Meanwhile, Summer Killingsworth was hunting for a live/work loft, and answered a vague Craigslist ad for a place in Central SE. When she set eyes on it the next day, something bigger than a cool home started brewing as they began scheming an idea for an art gallery and event space that they hoped would serve as a hub for the Portland creative community. The list to get the place in shape was miles long, so Summer and Patrick got straight to work.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

 

After demolishing all the walls and taking down all the fluorescent lights, they tackled the bar, using pallets they foraged from the neighborhood. The list continued to grow as evenings and weekends were spent lowering the ‘sunken’ living room floor, building the stage, replacing the windows, fixing up the bathrooms, building the rolling doors, and painting every square inch while they fine-tuned their business plan. Work parties turned into rooftop parties, as their amazing friends rallied to support their crazy project.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

 

Brainstorming names for their venture on a rare weekend outside, they came up with “Union” as a word that symbolized joining people together, which was at the heart of the business. Looking for a word to compliment, “Pine” popped out, and it clicked. It wasn’t until months later that they discovered that the cross street (Grand/MLK) was once Union Street – adding a very cool element of destiny to the tale.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine



Once they had a name, the rest fell into line. The calendar was booking up, the parties were a blast, and the roommates were tired and happy. 

Many lists, and 4 years later, Summer and Patrick were married.

 


 

So there you have it! A beautiful space with a story to match. If you’re in the Portland area, don’t miss your chance at signing up for our workshop on October 17th. Hope to see you there!

 

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