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Florida State's Newest Master Designer is Tony from Bay Bouquet!
You ever sit down with someone and realize that you are speaking to someone with a heart of gold? That's how it was when Tony picked up the phone. Bay Bouquet Floral Studio, a flower shop in Tampa Florida, is already well renowned for their stylish designs and attention to customer service. I can see why! One 30 minute conversation with Tony showed why so many people choose Bay Bouquet Floral Studio for their flowers, though I knew in the first 3 minutes.
The reason for the call was to congratulate Tony for earning the Florida State Master Designer accreditation at the FSFA Convention in early June. It's a big accomplishment so we wanted to let him know how proud we are of him for a job well done. Not being from Florida, I wasn't sure what earning the FSMD entailed so I asked.
According to Tony, the rules and judging standards are based on the AIFD test. It is a two part test which contestants are given three hours to complete. First, they must finish a 125 question written test. (The AIFD has only 25.) Second, they are given tickets to create three floral designs. Tony's assignments were hospital flowers, a corsage and a boutonniere, and a designer's choice arrangement. It's not a competition. The flowers are judged by design and knowledge of certain key floral design concepts. Only already accredited designers are allowed to judge. What makes it tough is that if you fail either part, you fail it all. You must then repeat the part you failed at the next session. Fortunately for Tony, he did it on his first try!
I could go on and on about Tony and Bay Bouquet Floral Studio. Tampa is lucky to have a flower shop like Bay Bouquet Floral Studio. I'm sure (because I've spoken with them) that there are many other talented florists in Tampa, but you'd be well off to stop in and have a conversation with Tony.