Competitions

 

 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Competition Heats 2014/2015

Design and make a floral cake for an Asian themed wedding.

The cake does not have to be edible.

The whole design must not exceed 50cm square. No height restrictions.

At least two thirds of the finished design must be fresh flower and/or plant material.

The fresh flower and/or plant material must be visually dominant

The judges are looking for a high standard in Design and Technique

See the BFA website for venues, dates, terms and conditions of entry.

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Congratulations to all of the competitors at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

The Judges Guild are delighted to announce the winners

The RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year 2014

Daisy Ellen Burgoyne, Flowers at Frost

The RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2014

Lisa Fowler, Eden Taunton Floral Design

 

To see a full list of medals for the RHS Young Florist of the Year Click Here

To see a full list of medals for the RHS Florist of the Year Click Here

A huge thank you must go to all those involved in the competition, competitors, judges, stewards and the team at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for a fabulous event and a superb opportunity to showcase excellence in floristry.

 

Judging and Allocation of Marks

The judge allocates marks in the four categories on the marking sheet by weighing the merits of each competition entry. Each category deals with a particular element of design or technique. In each of these groups is a list of facets and to achieve good marks it is important to study these and understand the principles and elements required.

The judge deducts marks for any faults or mistakes found. The marking scheme can on occasions be weighted differently depending on the competition schedule/task.  It is extremely important to read the competition schedule thoroughly and adhere to it. Failure to read and comply with the competition schedule will a) risk disqualification or b) result in low marks.

 

Judges marking facets 2014

 

DESCRIPTION

MAX   MARK

IDEA

 

Originality, Uniqueness, Creativity.
Interpretation.
Choice of and design with materials.
Scale of Endeavour/Degree of difficulty

 

5
5
5
5

 

TOTAL FOR IDEA

20

COLOUR

Proportion/dominance of colours used, expression of idea in colours, colour-composition (contrasts, harmony, value of colours etc), placement of colours

20

 

TOTAL FOR COLOUR

20

COMPOSITION
(Harmony/Unity)

Shape /Form/Proportion

10

 

Movement/Rhythm/Line/Space

10

 

Visual Balance/Texture/Harmony/ Volume/ Dominance/Contrast

10

 

TOTAL FOR COMPOSITION

30

TECHNIQUE

(Workmanship)

Condition of materials.
Guarantee of durability.

10

 

Finish and workmanship.

10

 

Stability of work/actual (physical) balance, suitability of technique

Method of construction

10

 

TOTAL FOR TECHNIQUE

30

 

TOTAL MARKS

100

 

To further understand how to obtain good marks read the table below which offers general guidance.

Idea

Predominance of plant material over other components. Originality and creativity of work. Interpretation and portrayal of the schedule. Choice and use of the materials to convey the idea.

Excellent

  • The exhibit has an excellent and knowledgeable interpretation of the schedule.
  • There is an outstanding choice of plant material and the chosen plant material expresses the schedule theme perfectly.
  • the schedule theme perfectly. There is originality, creativity and inspirational concept in conveying the idea.

Very Good

  • There is a very good interpretation and understanding of the schedule.
  • There is generally a first-rate choice of plant material. There is accomplished choice and use of plant material to expresses the schedule theme although not perfect.
  • Originality and creativity is very good, although not exceptional.

Good

  • There is a good selection of plant material although this could be improved. The  plant material is generally chosen well and gives a reasonable portrayal of the schedules theme. There is a competent interpretation of the schedule.
  • may dominate.
  • There is some originality and creativity but lacks special inspiration.

Satisfactory

  • The exhibit has a moderate interpretation of the schedule, but is not convincing.
  • There could be a better choice of plant material to portray the theme.
  • The chosen plant material has not been well used.
  • The exhibit lacks originality. Plant material may not dominate.
  • Accessories if used are too dominant.

Poor

  • The exhibit does not interpret the schedule.
  • The selection of plant material is not suitable for the schedule theme.
  • The chosen plant material has been used poorly and ineffectually.
  • There is no effort to create originality in the exhibit.
  • Accessories if used are too dominant or unsuitable and plant material may not dominate.

Composition

Elements and principles of design used creatively and imaginatively Shape / Style / Form / Texture / Contrasts / Movement / Rhythm / Volume / Dominance / Scale / Proportion / Visual Balance / Line / Space all well used. Overall Harmony.

Excellent

  • The exhibit has excellent artistic and creative use of the elements and principles of design.
  • It has perfect visual balance with rhythmic movement, areas of dominance and there is creative use of space.
  • The shape and style is excellent.
  • The exhibit has clarity of design and superb overall harmony and unity of design.

Very Good

  • The exhibit has very good use of most elements and principles of design.
  • It is generally visually well balanced with some creative use of rhythm.
  • There is very good use of dominance and space within the design. 
  • The shape and style of the design is pleasing.
  • The exhibit shows very good overall harmony and unity but not perfection.

Good

  • The exhibit has competent use of most of the elements and principles of design.
  • Some of the fundamentals i.e. visual balance, proportion and scale, dominance, rhythm and movement, use of space may be missing.
  • The shape and style of design is good but could be improved. The overall design harmony has not been fully realised.

Satisfactory

  • The exhibit has some of the principles and elements of design.
  • There is limited understanding of the artistic use of visual balance, proportion and scale, rhythmic movement, areas of dominance or space within the design.
  • The shape and style of the design is mediocre.
  • There is little creativity or overall harmony of design.

Poor

  • The exhibit is poorly designed.
  • There is no understanding of the principles and elements of design.
  • The use of visual balance, proportion and scale, rhythm and movement, dominance and use of space is lacking within the design. 
  • It has a poor shape and no recognized style.
  • There is no overall harmony of design.

Colour

The relationship and artistry of the used colours. Colour placement and distribution to achieve harmony. Proportion and dominance of the colours used. The colour composition expresses the idea and portrays the theme of the schedule. The value of colours used tints, tones, contrasts etc.

Excellent

  • The exhibit has excellent artistic and creative use of the elements and principles of design.
  • It has perfect visual balance with rhythmic movement, areas of dominance and there is creative use of space.
  • The shape and style is excellent. The exhibit has clarity of design and superb overall harmony and unity of design.

Very Good

  • The exhibit has very good use of most elements and principles of design.
  • It is generally visually well balanced with some creative use of rhythm.
  • There is very good use of dominance and space within the design. 
  • The shape and style of the design is pleasing.
  • The exhibit shows very good overall harmony and unity but not perfection.

Good

  • The exhibit has competent use of most of the elements and principles of design.
  • Some of the fundamentals i.e. visual balance, proportion and scale, dominance, rhythm and movement, use of space may be missing.
  • The shape and style of design is good but could be improved. The overall design harmony has not been fully realised.

Satisfactory

  • The exhibit has some of the principles and elements of design.
  • There is limited understanding of the artistic use of visual balance, proportion and scale, rhythmic movement, areas of dominance or space within the design.
  • The shape and style of the design is mediocre. There is little creativity or overall harmony of design.

Poor

  • The exhibit is poorly designed.
  • There is no understanding of the principles and elements of design.
  • The use of visual balance, proportion and scale, rhythm and movement, dominance and use of space is lacking within the design. 
  • It has a poor shape and no recognized style. There is no overall harmony of design.

Technique

Quality and condition of materials used. Guarantee of durability for the occasion. Well-finished, Meticulous workmanship, Stability of work, actual (physical) balance. Suitability of technique and construction. Scale of endeavour/level of difficulty

Excellent

  • The quality and condition of plant material and other elements used are perfect.
  • The plant material will stay turgid for the duration of the occasion.
  • There is meticulous workmanship and an impeccably neat finish.
  • The exhibit has perfect actual balance.
  • The technique, construction and assembly of the design are completely suitable.
  • There has been an high degree of difficulty and an accomplished scale of endeavour.

Very Good

  • The quality and condition of plant material and other elements are almost perfect.
  • The plant material should remain perfect for the duration of the occasion.
  • There is a neat finish and very good workmanship.
  • The exhibit has actual balance.
  • The technique and construction has been thoughtfully carried out well.
  • There is a quite a high level of difficulty/scale of endeavour. 

Good

  • The quality/condition of the plant material lacks some freshness or there is evidence of some damage. Other materials i.e. accessories may be slightly ripped/untidy etc.
  • Plant material should last for the duration of the occasion. More careful workmanship and finish may be needed. There may not be actual balance. The technique and construction is competent but could be improved.
  • It lacks special effort in the degree of difficulty.

Satisfactory

  • The quality and condition of the plant material is mediocre. There is damage to some plant material.
  • The plant material may not last the duration of the occasion.
  • Workmanship may be careless and finish untidy lacking in attention to detail.
  • The exhibit may lack actual balance.
  • The technique and construction of the design is basic and could be improved.
  • There is limited effort or scale of endeavour/ difficulty.

Poor

  • The quality and condition of the plant material is very poor, with evidence of damage and neglect.
  • The plant material is wilting or will not last the duration of the occasion.
  • Workmanship and finish is careless and very untidy. There is no attention to detail.
  • The exhibit has no actual balance.
  • The technique and/or construction are inappropriate.
  • There has been insufficient effort or degree of difficulty.