Flowers App available for industry

FAQI Jun 15, 2017 Industry 0 Comments
Flowers, a new electronic publication app for the cut flower and foliage industry, is now available for download from the Apple and Google Play stores. Flowers can be downloaded from the Apple and Google Play Store and gives users access to Australian Flower Industry magazine in an electronic format. In addition to the bi-monthly publication, the app will be expanded over time with a series of Special Editions focusing on specific issues to help the industry. Careers in Flowers and Foliage, a guide to the study and employment opportunities available in the various sectors of the flower industry, made its debut as a print and web-based publication and is now available for free in the Flowers app as the first of many special edition publications being developed for release through the app. Flowers expands on the Australian Flower Industry magazine’s reputation as an important source of industry news and views and also contains a wealth of information on production, world research, business management, marketing advice and upcoming events and practical information, on everything from flower farming through to floral design. Flowers can be downloaded for free by searching for ‘Flower magazine’ in the Apple or Google Play store.  A previous […]

Find Australian Flowers with Australian Flower Finder

Australian Cut flower and foliage farmers are taking the initiative and educating consumers about the benefits and beauty of locally grown product and ways they can ensure they can identify and buy it. The Australian Flower Finder website is a searchable database of Australian flower growers with each entry providing details of products and their availability. The site can be searched based on region, product type and flower type. The cut flower and foliage industry recently made a request for it’s products to be included in the recent mandatory Country of Origin Labeling system being implemented for the food industry. The industry had argued that consumers of flowers deserved the same right to know the origin of their products as they were the same consumers of other fresh produce like fruit and vegetables. The industry’s request was denied by the Federal Government so they have taken the initiative to begin informing consumers themselves. Australian flower farmer and member of the Flower Association Mr Jason Nealon of Tropical Blooms says that the site allows consumers to find Australian grown products and also find out a little bit about the process that goes into producing it. “Australian grown flowers are a top quality […]

WildFlowers Australia Student Floristry Competition

FAQI Jun 13, 2017 Industry 0 Comments
We’re looking forward to another great competition this year! Students from TAFE and private floristry colleges nationally which are Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) can participate through their teachers. This year we’ve opened the design inspiration and theme so each student can choose their own. It is to be a table centrepiece, arranged in base medium, appropriate for a special occasion or event. This arrangement will sit on a round or rectangular table that seats 10 to 12 people. The table cloth may be white or black. The arrangement must be low enough that guests could view over or tall enough to see through or under.  The container is of the student’s choice. Students may also include accessories or embellishments to depict their theme. None of these should over dominate the design, as the emphasis must be on the flowers and foliages, not the container, accessories and/or the embellishments. Through this annual competition, WildFlowers Australia seeks to inform present and future florists about the versatility, availability and beauty of Australian grown wildflower products. The range and quality of these unique flowers and foliages is constantly expanding as new cut flowers species and hybrids are developed and released to the cut flower […]

Australian Flower Festival 2017

The inaugural Australian Flower Festival is being held in Brisbane on Monday 18th September to coincide with Australian Flowers Week (16-24 September). The event is expected to attract 250+ professional florist attendees and we are also opening some areas (the floristry competition and demonstration areas) to the public as a promotional exercise for the industry. The event will not be a traditional conference but will have a fresh, new, young and fun ‘music festival’ format designed to attract and delight florists from around Australia. The event will run from 8:00am to 5:00pm with a schedule of speakers, demonstrations, trade displays and competitions during the day and finishing with a cocktail event at the After Party that evening (6:00-10:00pm). Southbank TAFE campus is providing the venue with indoor and outdoor spaces which can host different activities during the event making it ideal for this format. These areas will be referred to as ‘Stages’ and will include the Inspiration Stage; the Business Stage; the Tech Stage and the Competition Stage. The competitions will be running all day in a separate area of the festival and there will be trade display stands dotted indoors and outdoors throughout the event. There will be street […]

Australian Flower Finder website launched

New website bringing consumers back home Australian Cut flower and foliage farmers are taking the initiative and educating consumers about the benefits and beauty of locally grown product and ways they can ensure they can identify and buy it. The Australian Flower Finder website (www.australianflowerfinder.com.au) is a searchable database of Australian flower growers with each entry providing details of products and their availability. The site can be searched based on region, product type and flower type. The cut flower and foliage industry recently made a request for it’s products to be included in the recent mandatory Country of Origin Labelling system being implemented for the food industry. The industry had argued that consumers of flowers deserved the same right to know the origin of their products as they were the same consumers of other fresh produce like fruit and vegetables. The industry’s request was denied by the Federal Government so they have taken the initiative to begin informing consumers themselves. Australian flower farmer and President of the Flower Association Mr Lodi Pameijer says that the site allows consumers to find Australian grown products and also find out a little bit about the process that goes into producing it. “Australian grown […]

Waratah Bloom Competition – Enter Now

FAQI Sep 09, 2016 Industry 0 Comments
“Wild about Waratahs” Festival  Bloom Competition 2016 The Festival, an annual event for the past 18 years, is held at Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah and is organised by the Gardens. The aim of the Festival is to present to the public the diversity of form and colour that is to be found in the waratah. It is hoped that an increased awareness of cultivated waratah selections will aid the protection of existing wild stands of waratah. This year, the Festival is for 10 days from Saturday 24th September to Monday 3rd October inclusive. The Festival has a number of parts. The Festival program outline can be found at http://www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/whats-on/ The Wildflower Industry Network (WIN) is undertaking to conduct the Festival’s Waratah Blooms competition. All commercial wildflower growers are encouraged to support this initiative and submit wildflower blooms for use in the floral displays, and waratahs for entries in the Blooms Competition. Blooms Competition – RULES AND CONDITIONS 1.       Enter a bloom into one of the classes listed on the next page. Please enter only quality blooms. 2.       There is no limit of entries per exhibitor. 3.       The blooms remain the property of the Festival unless prior arrangement is […]

Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show & Spring Festival (WA) Sept 10-23, 2017

 Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show, Western Australia  – 10th – 23rd September 2017 Open 7 days 9am – 4pm Come and share the Spring beauty of the Ravensthorpe Range, the magnificent Hopetoun Coast and the Fitzgerald River and Frank Hann National Parks. Over the last 30 years the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show has developed into one of the best shows in Western Australia. Possibly the largest number in the world of different species of named wildflowers are displayed, collected from one of the world’s richest biodiversity areas. The Ravensthorpe Herbarium, situated next door to the Wildflower Show, holds many hundred botanical specimens collected from within the Ravensthorpe Shire. Experts on the local flowers are on hand each day for identification queries. Devonshire Teas and warming soup are available each day, provided by local fund raising organisations. The comfortable surroundings of the 106 year old Ravensthorpe Community Centre will make a refreshing ‘tea break’ for the weary traveller. Admission $5.00 adults, Children free Venue: Ravensthorpe Town Hall, Ravensthorpe ~ Wheelchair access available Details of other events HERE

Australian Flowers Week – September 16-24, 2017

The organisers would like to invite you to become part of the 2017 Australian Flowers Week celebrations. This exciting initiative is held each spring with this year’s Australian Flowers Week will run from 16 September to 24 September 2017. Australian Flowers Week is designed to celebrate everything we love about flowers, from the beauty and diversity of Australian grown flowers, to the stunning designs by Australia’s floristry artisans. We are again collating a calendar of events promoting existing events from around the country or why not join the celebration and host your own local event or promotion. A highlight of this year’s week will be the inaugural Australian Flower Festival being hosted in Brisbane, QLD. Australian Flowers Weeks is being supported by a number of industry organisations including the Australian Flower Council, Australian Florist Network, NSW Flower Growers Group, Flower Association of Queensland, Flowers Victoria, WildFlowers Australia and the Wildflower Industry Network. Dozens of private companies are also on-board have committed to celebrating the week in their businesses. We hope that Australian Flowers Week will attract the attention of the public and media and work to raise the profile of all of our respective events, making them even more successful. […]