Semi-Final Surprise Task at Interflora World Cup - Magnificent Meadows

10 semi-finalists battle on stage for the 5 Grand Final spots during the cocktail evening on Friday.

By: THURSD. | 10-09-2023 | 3 min read
Floral Designs Floral Events
Interflora World Cup

The ten best floral designers of the first four tasks made it to the semi-finals. And again, a surprise task awaited them. So, it was time again to hold their breath and listen carefully to the task that was instructed to them by the competition's organization. And from there, go back into this pressure cooker of a contest in the Manchester Central Convention Centre and create a stunning design to secure a place in the Grand Final on Saturday.

The semi-final task held the theme "Magnificent Meadows". The designers were asked to make a hand-tied bouquet with one binding point. Based on this poem or song: 

"Deep in the meadow, under the willow. 
A bed of grass, a soft green pillow."



And these are the designs in random order.

The Semi-Final Designs Made by the 5 Finalists


Interflora Worldcup Task 5 Nicolaus Peters
Nicolaus Peters, Germany


Elisabeth Pålsson World Cup
Elisabeth Pålsson, Norway


Interflora Worldcup Task 5 Elizabeth Newcombe
Elizabeth Newcombe, United Kingdom and Ireland


Interflora Worldcup Task 5 Patricia Aguín
Patricia Aguín, Spain


Interflora Worldcup Task 5 Hyunghak Kim
Hyunghak Kim, South Korea


The Semi-Final Designs Made by the Other 5 Semi-Finalists


Interflora Worldcup Task 5 Melissa Smedes
Melissa Smedes, Netherlands


Interflora Worldcup Task 5 Attila Nemeth
Attila Nemeth, Hungary


Interflora Worldcup Task 5 Jennifer Thomasson
Jennifer Thomasson, USA


Interflora Worldcup Task 5 Stéphane Chanteloube
Stéphane Chanteloube, France


Interflora Worldcup Task 5 Katharina Albrechtsen
Katharina Albrechtsen, Denmark


Friday 8th September

Task 5: Semi-Final – Surprise

Friday evening sets the stage for the top ten semi-finalists to battle it out in a live, high-stakes competition. While visitors enjoy cocktails and canapes, each of these florists will create a surprise design that showcases their exceptional skills, artistry, and ability to perform under pressure. Join the anticipation as the semi-finalists strive to secure their place in Saturday's Grand Final.

Overall Competition Theme: 'Our Natural World'

The overall theme of this year’s competition was ‘Our Natural World’. Each task has been created to show love and respect for the beautiful planet we live on as well as to capture the imagination of the competitors and show visitors how florists cherish nature and the environment.

All competitors were asked to concentrate on sustainability and natural materials in their designs.

They’re all the best in the business. There were a total of six heats altogether across the three days, including the Semi-Final evening on Friday 8th September, and the Grand Final evening on Saturday 9th September. Each task had a different theme and a quote to convey with the design, and three of them were kept completely under wraps until just before the timer started.

Witness the Evolution of Floral Artistry

If you visited the event on Saturday’s exhibition day, you’d have the chance to see over 100 mind-blowing floral designs created throughout the competition so far. You would have witnessed the evolution of floral artistry and gained a deeper understanding of the craftsmanship and passion behind each masterpiece. Perhaps you have even taken the exclusive opportunity to speak to all contestants in their booths and ask them any questions you may have had about their floral art.

If you did not get that chance, or if you just want to see those works of art again, continue below to check the other designs.

Watch the Other Tasks

So, after the brilliant start with Task 1 came some more challenges. Click on the link to continue watching great designs.

Thursday 7th September.

Task 1: Our Forest Canopies – Suspended Design

Task 2: Surprise Task - All About the Bees

Friday 8th September.

Task 3: Our Ocean Waves – Table for Two

Task 4: Our Clouds – Bridal Design

Saturday 9th September.

Grand Final – Surprise Task - 100 Years of Interflora



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