A company that sends flowers, cards, freshly baked cookies, and fine chocolates to end-of-life patients is hosting a competition to design the perfect floral arrangement.
The competition is a means to raise funds for the “Flower Empower” program from the Dream Foundation, which delivered an unprecedented 25,000 bouquets and orchids to patients and front-line workers in 2020 alone.
The art of flower arranging, while often confined to niche magazines or Zen koans, is on full display at “Flower Empower Blooms,” the program’s first floral arts competition, in which contestants will compete in a people’s vote for seven categories: tablespace, headpiece, hand-tied bouquet, orchid display, contemporary, garden photography, and master garden still-life painting.
Including categories for youth, amateur, and professional submissions, no-one is excluded from sending in their entries online until May 3rd. From the 4th to the 8th, any contestant or member of Flower Empower can cast their vote.
The contest “is an opportunity to introduce Flower Empower’s seemingly simple yet profound work to the entire nation,” says Kisa Heyer, CEO of the Dream Foundation. “Anyone can submit floral art and with that submission, know that they are making an impact on someone’s life.”
Dream Foundation is inviting all contestants to submit a donation alongside their entry, as they are an all-volunteer organization—as well as the only dream-granting non-profit that delivers for terminally ill adults.
The contest will be judged by niche legends in flower arranging from various publications and businesses, and the grand prize winner receives an all-expenses paid vacation to the iconic, 5-star El Encanto Hotel in California—including some lush spa treatments. So what are you waiting for?