Friday, May 18, 2012


Join us for lots of fun at the Kitayama Brothers Open House and Design Contest on Saturday, June 16th.  I’m thrilled to be a judge for the Competition and can’t wait to see all the new talent.  I’m especially excited to judge the new division with the student competitors.  I competed in many floral design competitions in the beginning of my floral career and learned so much from each one.  Being a competitor teaches you how to make the quick decisions which are necessary in any successful floral business.

The CCSF students are ready for the Kitayama Cup!   I’m holding an Inverted Hand Tied Bouquet designed by Gwen Cabangis last night who is one of my students in the wedding class this semester at City College of San Francisco.

Wine & Vine Design is the competition title this year and the competitors will design two pieces, a centerpiece and a bottle adornment.  The Open Division is for all floral designers with more than five years of professional design experience.  The new Level I Division is for all floral designers with less than 5 years professional design experience and students of floral design.

Cash prizes are awarded to First, Second, and Third place competitors in both Divisions. There is also a People's Choice Award.  This is where all attendees have a chance to pick their favorite floral design.  We hope to see you all there to share this wonderful educational experience!  Please email: for contest details.  Deadline for registration is June 1st