Floral Wars

New for 2018: “Floral Wars” features top professional florists competing head-to-head to create floral designs daily at 3 p.m. at the North Hall Stage

“Floral Wars,” a new “friendly” competition featuring the Northwest’s most talented professional florists, joins the big line-up of attractions at America’s second largest flower and garden event.

Presented by American Grown Flowers, “Floral Wars” will be held each day from 3-4 p.m. on the North Hall Stage. It pits two top floral artists against each other as they create three arrangements—a bridal bouquet, a centerpiece and a “surprise” floral creation—all in an hour or less. It’s a test of the contestants’ grace under pressure as they showcase American-grown flowers, USA-made floral accessories and eco-design techniques.

“Garden enthusiasts yearn for more flowers in their lives and ‘Floral Wars’ delivers on a promise—to inspire and educate our audiences with great ideas for floral design. It’s a fun way for show-goers to learn how to choose, combine and arrange flowers from their own backyard,” said event host Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet.

During the hour-long event, floral pros will be given several surprise buckets of stems, and with clippers, vases and ribbons in hand, they’ll demonstrate their unique aesthetic styles and share tips and techniques with audience members. Heightening the drama, watch how they react to our “secret” ingredients and unexpected challenges.

Adding to the fast-paced fun, Corona Tools and Johnny’s Selected Seeds will provide door prizes and giveaways for the audience during the hour-long event. Audiences are encouraged to take advantage of café seating and enjoy a meal, snack, and a beverage while learning from the region’s top floral artists.

Floral Wars is presented by

We would also like to thank the following sponsors:

(c) Missy Palacol Photography

Floral Wars is produced and hosted by Debra Prinzing of Slowflowers.com.


Melissa Feveyear

Terra Bella Flowers (Seattle)


Gina Thresher, AIFD

From the Ground Up Floral (Kent)

Jon Robert Throne, AIFD

Countryside Floral & Garden (Issaquah)


Mick Payment

Flowers for the People (Bellevue)

Rizaniño “Riz” Reyes

RHR Horticulture (Seattle)


Anne Bradfield

Floressence (Seattle)

Kelly Sullivan

Botanique (Seattle)


Tammy Myers

First & Bloom (Issaquah)

Tobey Nelson

Tobey Nelson Events & Design (Langley)

(c) Missy Palacol Photography

Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American grown flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases.

Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the online directory to American grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers. Each Wednesday, approximately 2,500 listeners tune into Debra’s “Slow Flowers Podcast,” available for free downloads at her web site, debraprinzing.com, or on iTunes and via other podcast services.

She is the creator of American Flowers Week, launched during the July 4th week in 2015 with more than 5.0 million social media impressions in 2017. Debra is a Florists’ Review Contributing Editor and she produces the magazine’s “Slow Flowers Journal” section. In 2016, the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a farm-to-florist cooperative, honored Debra with the first Growers Choice Award for her “outstanding contributions to revitalizing the local floral community.” She is a 2016 inductee to the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame and the author of 10 books, including Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet.