The Interflora World Cup in Shanghai has reached an exciting conclusion, with Great Britain representative Neil Whittaker eventually finishing in the top 10.
On Saturday the judges’ scores from the day before were available to competitors. These showed Neil 17th out of 20 and 258 points behind the leader and eventual winner Stein Are Hansen from Norway. But there were still two pieces to go and Neil was feeling confident he could get into the final 10 to compete on the Sunday.
The video below shows Neil competing on the Saturday and finding out if he made it into the final 10.
Neil then completed his next two designs – a table setting entitled ‘Green Tea for two’ and a bridal bouquet entitled ‘Oriental Pearl.’
In the evening a buffet was held and the finalists were announced. Neil found out he had qualified for the final, much to the relief of everyone around him.
The final was held on the Sunday and the video below features a montage of the day’s events, including the announcement of the winner.
The 10 finalists were tasked with completing two surprise items in front of an audience of around 1,500.
The first surprise item was a hand-tied arrangement suitable for celebrating the centenary of the Mercury figure, Interflora’s logo. The second was an arrangement involving a vase, the florists were given props including bicycle wheels, large black pieces of bamboo and oriental style paper spheres.
All competitors were allowed to use as many or as few of the props as they liked, but they had to create the arrangement in the vase. The brief for this was to produce something that celebrated the past, present and future of Shanghai.
For each piece they had 10 minutes to look at the materials and decide what they were going to do with them. Once this time was up they then had a further 40 minutes to complete the designs. The six judges had the finished designs presented to them in a separate room so they had not seen who’d produced each arrangement.
At the end of the final the top three were announced:
First place: Norway
Second place: Switzerland
Third place: Korea
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