Cal Poly Floral Design Team Continues Winning Tradition

 Emma Blair, Megan Borzone, Jennifer Apland and Amber Buzzard.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — All four members of the Cal Poly Floral Team placed in the Top 10 at a recent annual state design competition, with one student taking second place.

Agricultural science junior Amber Buzzard, from Orange, California, won second place overall and the People’s Choice category at the California State Floral Association’s (CSFA) annual event held Nov. 3-4 in Carlsbad, California.

Other winners included agricultural and environmental plant sciences junior Megan Borzone from Copperopolis, California, who won fifth place, agricultural and environmental plant sciences senior Jennifer Apland from Etna, California, who took sixth place, and agricultural communication sophomore Emma Blair of Wilton, California, who came in ninth place.

Cal Poly students competed against students from Long Beach Community College and City College of San Francisco.

The CSFA’s annual gathering is a two-day event featuring hands-on design classes by some of the top floral designers and a competition. This year’s theme was “CalifFlora: Bloomin’ Trends — Growers, Designers and Emerging Professionals.”

“Our team worked hard preparing for the competition and their dedication showed,” said team advisor Melinda Lynch, a horticulture and crop science lecturer. “Our students did extremely well, especially knowing that this was the first floral competition for three of them.”

The Cal Poly students came up with their own designs but were required to follow specifications built into the competition. In addition, the students had to use flowers grown in California. Students had 45 minutes to complete their designs.

Photos of arrangements by the second-place winner, agricultural science junior Amber Buzzard.Photos of arrangements by the second-place winner, agricultural science junior Amber Buzzard.
About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (www.cafes.calpoly.edu) is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.

Photo information:

Team.jpg — The Cal Poly Floral Team at the California State Floral Association’s annual event, from left to right: Emma Blair, Megan Borzone, Jennifer Apland and Amber Buzzard.
Floral_1.jpg and Floral_2.jpg — Photos of arrangements by the second-place winner, agricultural science junior Amber Buzzard.

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo​​​​​​​
805-756-2427; ancornej@calpoly.edu

November 19, 2018

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