The Burton Cup

The Burton Cup is an interpretive design competition that is held each year at the Annual Convention.


  • All designers must be a paid member for at least 12 months prior to the deadline date and employed in the floral industry and must have a full convention registration.
  • Each designer will be provided with a 4' x 4' area of floor space; the height of the display may not exceed 8 feet. (Yes, props are expected)
  • Entries must be self-contained and well supported.
  • All competitors must work on their designs alone. Help may only be employed in bringing in supplies to the work site initially.
  • A free standing framed explanation must accompany the design and may be placed outside the 4' x 4' area.
  • Only fresh and dried materials are allowed, no silk or artificial product.
  • Competitors are responsible for all materials needed to complete their design, including all props.
  • Competition is scheduled for Friday afternoon of Convention; competitors will be notified by email of exact. Should this time change, all competitors will be notified by phone ASAP.
  • Judging will take place the same day. All designs are to be left intact until Sunday.  Official time for take down will be announced on site.
  • All fresh design work must be done on site during the allotted time limit, even on props. Your props may be done ahead of the allotted time, minus any fresh items.
  • There will be cash prizes awarded.  First Place- $250, Second Place- $150, and Third Place- $50.
  • The First Place Winner received The Burton Cup to keep for one year and then will be replaced with a plaque. 
  • There will also be a "People's Choice" Award for which a plaque will be given.

Judging will be on the following criteria:

  • Aesthetic Use of Material/ 20 Points
  • Color/ 15 Points
  • Harmony/ 15 Points
  • Interpretation/ 30 Points
  • Mechanics/ 20 Points

Learn More

To learn more about competitions, please contact:

Maxine Gibson