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The 2015 Mayesh Design Star Is…

2015 Mayesh Design Star

First I want to thank Patience, Beth and Tony for all of their hard work this past year! Starting off with a whirlwind shooting schedule and then working to promote your videos, we are so thankful for having the opportunity to work with such great professionals! I know you all have been anxiously awaiting the results.

With that said, our 2015 Mayesh Design Star is Beth O’Reilly AIFD!! Congratulations Beth!

For being selected, Beth’s grand prize consists of:

  • Floral industry related trip that includes: air, transportation, and hotel accommodations for two (2) for multiple days & nights depending on show/workshop. Prize value will be up to $4000.
  • 2015 video series host
  • Videos created and hosted by winning host designer will be posted on dedicated page on
  • Winning designer host will have a bio page on
  • Monthly promotion of video via e-blast, blog, and social media
  • Link to winners website

Patience and Tony – it was a pleasure working with you both and thank you a million times over for all that you gave!

I know Beth has a bunch of ideas for next year, but we want to hear from you … is there anything you would love to see in Beth’s videos next year? Share with us in your comments below!  And don’t forget, if you want to watch all of the videos from this past year, you can find them here

Floral Perspective: Modern Thanksgiving Design with Jodi Duncan AIFD

You have had 9 months to figure out if you are #TeamPatience, #TeamBeth, or #TeamTony.  With so many fabulous floral design videos, who do you think will be our next Mayesh Design Star?  We are crunching the numbers now and will reveal the winner very soon.  Stay tuned!!

To hold you over and since we missed Jodi Duncan, we invited her back for our November edition of the Floral Perspective series. Last year Jodi showed us an abundance of Thanksgiving goodness. This year she has taken a more sleek and modern approach. This design is simple yet sophisticated and packs a lot of punch and is perfect for dressing any holiday table.

Featured product: Flame calla lilies, wheat and pincushion protea.

Hard goods: Modern container from UCI, Oasis UGlu strips, Oasis silver metallic wire, Lehner Wolle³ flower wool and UCI gems.


Floral Perspective: Vertical Floral Armature with Tony Medlock AIFD

In his last installment as a Mayesh Design Star Finalist, Tony Medlock AIFD shows us how to build an armature out of contorted hazelnut branches. Without using a water source he builds impact by plugging in long lasting flowers and other product that will dry nicely over time. This armature is built to last… at least for a little while.

If you are #TeamTony, this is your last chance to support him by watching his video during the month of October!  And stay tuned, as next month our 2015 Mayesh Design Star winner will be announced!


Floral Perspective: Autumn Floral Feast with Beth O’Reilly AIFD

In her last installment of the 2014 Mayesh Design Star Contest series, Beth O’Reilly AIFD TMF shows us how to make a structural arrangement using stacked Oasis foam disks inside a beautiful container from UCI’s Current collection. This arrangement is perfect for an entry way of a fall wedding, food tables, or even corporate events. The added element of fruit really gives it an organic and fresh vibe; not only does it look delicious, but it can be a useful vessel for flowers!

If you are #TeamBeth, this is your last chance to support her by watching her video during the month of September!

Featured product: Green Goddess calla lilies, calla lily foliage, coral dahlias, green hydrangea, maple leaves, coral coxcomb, rose hips, kiwi vine, grapes, apples and papaya.

Floral Perspective: Mill Stone & Pallets with Patience Pickner AIFD, PFCI

In her last installment for the 2014 Mayesh Design Star Contest, Patience will show us how to create a rustic design using pallets, Mill Stone containers from UCI and elements taken from nature. This design would work great at any event!

Featured product: liatris, ruscus, Miricle roses, pincushion protea and green thistle.

Hard goods: Mill Stone containers from UCI, Oasis blocks, moss, pheasant feathers, deer antlers, pallets and angle iron.

If you are #TeamPatience, this is your last chance to support her by watching her video during the month of August!


Floral Perspective: Hot Tropics with Tony Medlock

In his second installment as a Mayesh Design Star Finalist, Tony Medlock AIFD shows us a cool way to use tropical flowers during our hot summer months. He will also show us a neat technique in weaving lily grass that will make this design pop! Repetition is the key in making a large impact with this sizzling design!

Featured product: Lily grass, ginger, king protea, hanging amaranthus, Rosa viburnum berry and bamboo.

Hard goods:  Oasis bullion wire, UCI flame container.


Floral Perspective: Outside the Vase with Beth O’Reilly AIFD

In her second installment as a Mayesh Design Star Finalist, Beth  O’Reilly shows us a new way of thinking outside the box by designing outside the vase! This is a great design technique for hotel lobbies and corporate accounts. This design is all about the structure with pops of beautiful foliage and of course, the star of the show, the Gloriosa Lily!


Product featured: Hala leaves, gloriosa lily, hydrangea, hanging amaranthus, anthurium and pleated aspidistra aka accordion leaves.

Hard goods: White cylinder containers from UCI, wire collar from Oasis, aluminum wire from oasis, midelino sticks from Oasis, wool wire from Accent Decor and mitsumata branches from Accent Decor.


Interview: Patience Pickner AIFD PFCI SDCF

I interviewed all of our Mayesh Design Star Finalists so that you may get to know them a bit better.  Patience is first up, and I have to say that I really enjoyed her interview.  I mean, how many times do you get to read about panties relating to wedding flowers?!  Patience is a breath of fresh air, and like our other 2 finalists, she is truly inspirational.  If you are #TeamPatience, please be sure to watch this month’s video and stay tuned for her final installment in August!


When did you realize this was the career for you?

Well, I’ve always been artistic….painting, drawing, etc… But my sweet daddy told me “you cant make a living being an artist”, so I went to school for nursing for 3 seconds, where I was shocked to discover that I had EVERY disease we learned about, even testicular cancer!!!!  Soooo, when a struggling shop came up for sale in my town I purchased it, fell in love with designing and the rest is history… dad, you were wrong, but I love you anyway!!! EmojiEmojiEmojiEmojiEmoji


Why do you want to be the next Mayesh Design Star?

I love doing design programs, it’s half “paying it forward” for all those that helped me get to where I am, and half loving being on stage and presenting.  While I’ve been blessed to be asked to do lots of programs throughout the Midwest, I would love to get my name out to the rest of the country as well and Mayesh Design Star is definitely a great way to do that.  Plus, I get to work with all those AWESOME BLOSSOMS!!!


Tell us a little about your floral extracurricular activities?

hmmmmm… lets see…. I’m currently the President for the South Dakota Floral Association.  I’m past president for Teleflora Minndakota board.  I was excited and honored when I was given a position on the North Central AIFD board and asked to be on Tim Farrells AIFD national board. I was super excited to be asked to be on the Fitz Design Team recently – all that gorgeous bling is SO MUCH FUN!!!! I will travel great distances to get to see an educational event or take part in any learning experience to better my designing skills. I work with local FFA students to prepare them for state. I love to mentor up and coming designers and I am EXTREMELY excited to say I recently launched my new website,– a fun place to share my love of flowers, and my passion for the floral industry.  I have started a blog on there as well as a gallery, which is tons of fun!! Team Florgasm includes myself and Ace Berry TMF, and we are currently searching for a third equally passionate, equally insane member for out design team.  Lots of fun, check it out and of course, if you are in need of an incredibly fun design team, well give us a call!!! Emoji


How would you describe your design style?

Probably organic with a bit of ADD.  I often say its pretty hard for me to design without a branch or moss covered rock or something from the outdoors… But having said that, my fave design style is formal linear.  I love simple monobotanical/monochromatic designs, yet I adore yummy, lush over-the-top Victorian inspired bouquets.  So IDK, is ECLECTIC a design style?!?!?!


What or who inspires you?

Pat Gustaf, he was/is my mentor – sweet, talented, kind.  Pat took me under his wing 17 years ago, welcomed me into SDFA, and we’ve been the best of friends ever since!  Jim Johnson, I find his passion and enthusiasm for flowers absolutely endearing!! Tim Farrell – simply stated, the NICEST man in the industry! I look up to him in so many ways, but especially how he is as an educator – kind, encouraging, and an amazing man! Gerry Toh – he mentored my when I was studying for AIFD.  I love his style of presenting and love his humor.  Kevin, Marie, Hitomi, Jodi – so many super amazing people in our industry!!!


What floral tool can you not live without?

Ummmm…. hellloooooo… Pink Teleflora knife!!!


If you had to pick just one (I know it is nearly impossible) what would be your favorite flower and why?

I CANT!! I’ve been asked this question many times.  I love too many – peony, tulips, stock, garden roses, fun seasonal flowers.  Right now I’m addicted to eryngium thistle…yum!!


Tell us a short floral story. Have you ever had a strange floral request? Created something wonderful out of a sticky situation? Have you ever felt like MacGyver and used your mad floral skills in a non-floral situation?

hmmmm. Probably the funniest thing that’s happened to me was the bride who brought me in a pair of lace panties in a zip loc baggie.  She handed them to me and said, this is the EXACT color of my wedding, she wanted all roses, and they had to be that EXACT color of coral. This was many years ago and to this day I still shudder when I see Peekaboo roses!! My poor salesman didn’t know what to do when he received that color swatch!! Anyhow it ended up being a gorgeous wedding, to this day, the biggest I’ve ever done – nothing but thousands of coral roses.  I think brides are the ones with the most unusual requests and who wants to tell those sweet ladies no – not this girl!!

Then there was the time a family came in with their loved ones ashes and wanted them inside latex balloons so they could release them up to heaven after the services.  I quickly learned as I was breathing in Mr. X and soon sweeping him off the floor that ashes aren’t really ashes at all, but shards of bone that are sharp and pop helium balloons.

I’m not very Mac Gyver-ey…I really don’t even like to pump my own gas…(don’t judge….I do…but I don’t like it! )  but living in the middle of no where.. I feel I can make  some pretty cool designs with very little.  I definitely can throw down with what’s in my cooler!


What trends do you see emerging within our industry?

Funny you should ask!! I just wrote about this on my Florgasm blog.  I find it interesting that with every trend out there, there seems to be an opposing trend.  Anyhow, there’s lots going on in our wonderful industry but one of the most interesting to me is the whole field to table/bohemian/pinterest-ey trend.  Very organic, just picked looks – “un-arranged”, uncommon flowers, lots of unique “fillers”.  Anemone, and ranunculus, fragrance is important, garden roses, stock, sweet pea and herbs…. vintage inspired, loose,  low centerpieces in old  china, mercury glass compotes… unusual earthy containers. Just as the floral community at first loved to hate and then accepted and then embraced Martha….. the same is developing with Pinterest…….but please….enough with the burlap and baby’s breath!!! EmojiEmojiEmoji


What is your best piece of advice for new comers into the floral industry?

That’s such an easy question for me to answer!! Never stop learning!!! Don’t be afraid to charge for your artistry!! Take every single opportunity you can to learn about this wonderful industry we are in!!!


How can our viewers connect with you?

Please friend me on Facebook!!!  Like myFlorgasm page on facebook.  Follow my blog  I love all  my floral friends, they are my second family!! I may slightly biased, but  I think florists are soooooo cool!!!!


Floral Perspective: Victorian Weddings with Patience Pickner AIFD PFCI

We are already on our 4th video for our Mayesh Design Star contest – can you believe it?  Patience is back to show us her floral perspective on Victorian weddings. She will show us how to make the perfect bridal bouquet using Victorian era flowers in a timeless color palette. Also, Patience will give us tips on how to make little accents to add into your bouquet and arrangements to give them that Victorian flair, ending with a great idea on how to incorporate the bridal bouquet into the head table.

Featured product: David Austin Juliet garden rose, Vendela rose, spray rose, tuberose and peiris.   Hard goods: Oasis bouquet holder, Oasis mega beads, Oasis beaded wire, midelino sticks.

P.S. We created hashtags for you to use to talk about your favorite designer.  Pick your team – #TeamPatience, #TeamBeth, or #TeamTony.  And be sure to stay tuned because in a couple of weeks, we have a special interview with Patience to share so that we can all get to know her better!



Floral Perspective: Pavé Tricks with Tony Medlock AIFD

Last but not least, Tony Medlock AIFD is our third Mayesh Design Star Finalist.

Tony will show us a few pavé tricks that will turn your trash into cash as well as letting us in on a few tips on ordering seasonal flowers. Featured product: carnations, trachelium, lily buds, roses, yarrow, eryngium, tulips on the bulb, forsythia, astilbe and scabiosa pods.

Enjoy the video!  And remember, if you love it be sure to share Tony’s video with all of your floral friends because the views & viewer retention will count towards the contest!  Stay tuned throughout the rest of the year as our three amazing finalists battle it out to be our 2015 Mayesh Design Star!


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