Rules & Judging Criteria

Governing rules and judging criteria of the Gateway to the Americas Cup Floral Design Competition.


  • Each competitor is allowed one designated assistant for duration of the competition.
  • Competitors are required to create five designs (tasks) within the given time frame:

FTD Tablescape “Embrace”…Intimate Celebration for Two”
Friday July 22 2022
8:30am – 11:30am

“Fern Trust Cup” Fabulous Foliage design – Surprise Package
Friday July 22 2022
2:00pm – 4:30pm

Bridal Bouquet  Details Flowers Software 
Saturday July 23 2022
8:30am – 11:00am

Teleflora Sunshine Cup “Nature” Theme
Saturday July 23 2022
2:00pm – 5:00pm

Floriology Floral Fashion          
Sunday July 24 2022
9:00am – 12:00pm

  • Competitors are required to be at their competition booth 30 minutes before the start of competition.
  • No fresh product can be used during prep time
  • Staples, nails, screws and permanent glue are NOT permitted on the backdrop, floor, tables, or linens provided.
  • All props brought in by the competitor will be subject to inspection prior to competition.
  • Competitors must provide their own tools. No electricity will be available during competition.
  • Business casual attire is required.

Please note it will be very hot outdoors but the competition will be in air conditioned space which may be chilly, a sweater or light jacket is recommended.


Judging Criteria

Design Elements

Line |  1-10 points
definable path for the eye to follow

Form |  1-10 points
overall 3-d shape

Color |  1-10 points
definable color harmony present

Space |  1-5 points
area utilized in and around ingredients  


Design Principles

Dominance-Emphasis |  1-10 points
focal area or areas

Visual Balance |  1-10 points
imparts a sense of optical equilibrium

Contrast/Texture |  1-10 points
contradictions in size, type and material

Proportion |  1-10pts
internal size relationships of design ingredients to each other

Unity/Harmony |  1-5 points
effortless congruence between materials



Physical Balance/Stability  |  1-10 points
does not fall over under its own weight

Finish/Neatness/Condition of Materials  |  1-5 points
neat mechanics  


Creative Application

Originality/Creativity |  1-10 points

Category Interpretation/Suitability |  1-5 points


Highest Possible Score   |    110 pts