Date: March 17, 2018
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Cost: $250.00 CAD

March 17, 2018
1 Day


United Floral Inc - 4085 Marine Way, Burnaby, BC, Canada   View map


MARCH 17, 2018 (Saturday)
At United Floral Inc – 4085 Marine Way, Burnaby, BC

Regional Qualifier to select the Winners to represent CANADA & PACIFIC NORTHWEST(USA) at 2018 GATEWAY TO AMERICAS INTERNATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN CHAMPIONSHIP (JUNE 7 – 10, 2018) in Orlando, Florida! 

Want to come and watch these incredible designers or cheer on a friend or family member competing for one of the coveted qualifier spots?  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE SPECTATOR TICKETS (All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards sending our winners to Orlando in June!)

The Pacific Northwest Floral Design Competition is back in 2018 and again will be a qualifier for the 2018 Gateway to Americas International Floral Design Champions (June 7-10 in Orlando, Fl)!!  Both the top Canadian & top American will be selected to represent their countries.

We are hoping to make this a sizeable event filled with potential Northwest talents, vying for the top Canadian and American championship honor. We encourage as many designers as possible to participate to make this a solid media event for the flower professionals. If you believe in building strong professional image for the flower industry… join the competition for consumer awareness!!!

Hope you plan to join us for the one day event! Plan to come to compete or to come as local cheering section!!


Date: March 17, 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 10am to 3pm

10:00am – Competitor Registration open

10:30am – Meet & Greet – fellow competitors, judges, competition director & assistants, moderator, monitors, & tabulators.  Rules Meeting

11:00am – Start of 1st Category (1 hr) – Bridal Bouquet / Tropical Nouveau Bouquet

12:30pm – Start of 2nd Category (1 hr) – Grand Opening Design / for a new Apple Store

2:00pm – Start of 3rd Category (1hr) – Flowers to Wear / Floral Crown for a Boho bridal shower

3:00pm – 6 Finalists will be announced

Date: March 18, 2018 (Sunday)
‘In The Making’ Bridal Event at United Floral

6 Finalists’ Bridal Bouquet entries will be shown and will open the Bridal Runway Show at United Floral Inc’s Wedding Program, with the 2 winners announced that will advance to the Gateway to the Americas International Design Competition in Orlando, Florida (Entry Fee + Expense Budget provided).  6 Finalists’ tickets to the Bridal Show will be provided.


Overall Top Aggregate Winners

First Place

Western Canada Winner’s Trophy + Entry into Gateway to Americas International Championship, representing Canada (awarded the $1000 entry fee)

Pacific Northwest (USA) Winner’s Trophy + Entry into Gateway to Americas International Championship, representing USA (awarded the $1000 entry fee)

Second Place

$200 CAD + Plaque

Third Place

$100 CAD + Plaque


CATEGORY 1 – Bridal Bouquet / Tropical Nouveau Bouquet
CATEGORY 2 – Grand Opening Design / for a new Apple Store
CATEGORY 3 – Flowers to Wear / Floral Crown for a Boho bridal

Important Notes

– All flowers and hardwoods for the competition will be supplied all at once to each competitors table
– All competitors must bring their own set of tools. Permitted tools include florist knife, pruner, wire cutter, scissors, needle nose pliers
– Any other tools will not be permitted.
– Panel of 3 official judges will be present to judge this competition.
– Decisions of judges are final.
– Failure to comply with rules may lead to disqualification.

Are you travelling to Vancouver?

Travelling by Air:

Please plan to fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). If you are flying from another Canadian city, you will be arriving in the domestic terminal. If you are flying in from USA, you will fly into international terminal and will need to go through US customs.

Please remember to pack your florist tools in a checked baggage.

We do not have Uber or Lift so you will have to either travel to your hotel/Airbnb by Taxi or by rental car from the airport. It is approximately a 20-30 minute ride to the destination.


The closest hotels/housings to United Floral Inc. are as follows. (driving time)

Best Western Plus Kings Inn (5 minutes)
Holiday Inn Express Vancouver – Metrotown (5 minutes)
Executive Suites Hotel Metro Vancouver (15 minutes)
Element Vancouver Metrotown (5 minutes)
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown (5 minutes)
Delta Hotels by Marriott Burnaby (15 minutes)
Lily’s Guesthouse (5 minutes)
Imperial House B&B (5 minutes)
The Deluxe Hotel Vancouver (10 minutes)
Inn at the Quay (15 minutes)
Rates from $75.00 CAD/per night to $200.00 CAD/per night
Book direct with hotel, or via travel sites such as Expedia, Travelocity,, Trivago