Since we did not conduct a training this year, I hope the information below will help you assist your student for the floral design cde.  Best resource you have is your local florist and most are excited that students are interested and competing in floral design. Become familiar with the rules and what is required then set up an appointment with your local florist to give tips, how tos, and even samples of flowers for practice on the identification (senior division)
Attached are example of scenarios for junior and senior division.



1.  Go to website at

2. Select Career Development Event

3.  Select CDE Awards Bulletin

4.  Select Junior or Senior Floral Design CDE


Using the materials provided, contestants will be asked to make two floral design arrangements announced at the beginning of the event.  Twenty minute will be allowed for each Junior’s design and thirty minutes will be allowed for each Senior’s design.  Possible arrangements could include the following:

Juniors                                               Senior

Corsage                                               Bridal Bouquet

Boutonniere                                         Table Center Piece

Bud Vase                                           


 9 Flower Round Arrangement



Student should practice to become proficient in designing arrangements using the following principles:


   Design is the overall shape or form of composition, a planned relationship of the parts.  The elements of design include: line (linear patterns attracting the eye to the focal point); form (three dimensional shape); texture (surface appearance of materials); color (use of tints, tones, shades of hues); the pleasing way in which lines, texture, sizes and colors are blended or contrasted; and the tying together of parts by the combination of good design, balance and harmony.

Technique & Workmanship

   The method used to put the arrangement together and how well the arrangement withstands use and movement, soundness of construction.


Balance & Color Interest

  Visual stability:  Determined by the relative size of material and relative darkness or lightness, and the placement of them.

 Functionality & Suitability

   Appropriateness of arrangement for use intended.


How to  Powerpoints: on got to : Floral Design Powerpoints

or paste in :


Student should practice to become proficient in designing arrangements using a specific scenario.


·         Centerpiece

This is for an intimate wedding reception in a home and is for a table that seats 6 or is 60” round.  The bride likes simple designs, yet a little flair sometimes makes her smile.

·         Bridal Bouquet

This is for a bride that will be getting married in a home ceremony.  Her gown is empire wasted and the bodice is completely beaded.  She is a medium size young lady about 5’8” tall.  She is partial to simple elegance.  She really does like cascade style bouquets, but it really doesn’t matter to her.  She has left the intricate details to the designer.


·         Corsage

Bill and Susan are going to the Senior Prom together.  Bill is to buy Susan a corsage for the event.  Susan’s dress is a lavender Tasseta styled Victorian, tea length dress adorned with tiny white sequins.  She is 5’ 1” tall and weighs about 120 lbs.



·         Boutonniere

Joseph needs a boutonniere for a piano recital.  He is 6’4” tall and weighs 265 lbs.  He will wear a black tuxedo with matching tie and cummerbund and a peach colored shirt.


·         Bud Vase

Mr. Penn’s 8th grade horticulture class design bud vases for a fundraiser at Valentine’s Day.  He wants to keep the cost as low as possible while delivering a beautiful product to his customers.

Student should practice to become proficient in designing various arrangements.  Arrangements should be critiqued and suggestions for improvements should be made.


Senior Floral Design Only


     Identification of Plant Materials, Equipment and Supplies

Twenty-five items from the Georgia Floral Design Plant and Tool List will be displayed for contestants to identify.  One point will be awarded for each correct answer and participants have 25 minutes to complete this phase of the CDE.


Live samples will be used on regional and state CDE’s.

o   Visit local florist for floral materials and equipment to identify.

o   Collect materials and store in cooler as long as possible.

o   View Floral I.D. powerpoints


Study Guide Senior Floral Design Written Exam
locate past exam on Ag Ed Web site: Floral Design Exams
Topics to study for written exam
Careers in Floral Industry
Professional Organizations in the Industry
Job Opportunities in the Floral Industry
Different types of Floral Shops
Required skills of a florist
Major occasions for a florist
Products that are sold or services that are rendered by a florist
Principal of Floral Design
Elements of line, form, texture, and color in creating a design.
Utilize the color wheel.
General guidelines in floral design.
Floral design equipment, containers, floral foam, holding devices, adhesives, cutting tools, picks, floral wire, ribbon.
Types of Bows and How to tie.
Methods of Wiring Flowers
Floral Taping
Flower Selection
Foliage Selection
Bud vase
Titles of most popular Floral trade magazines
History of Floral Design
Recognize the proper concentration of color in a design.
Flower Identification and Selection.
Flower Deterioration
Water Quality
Construction of different designs: Circular, Conical, Oval, Fan Equilateral Triangular, Isosceles Triangular, Center Piece, Asymmetric Triangle, Scalene Triangle, Right Triangle, Inverted T, Vertical, L Pattern, Vertical, Crescent, Hogarth curve, Contemporary Freestyle.
Special Occasion Arrangements: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas,  Holiday Balloons
Bridal Consultation, Bridal & Attendant Bouquet, Ceremonial Decorations, Reception and Rehearsal Designs, Wedding Flowers
Types of Sympathy Flowers, Standard Spray, Wreaths, Basket
Methods of Floral Presentation
Types of Artificial Flowers
Arranging Artificial Flowers
Floral Plant Names and Uses
Identify Potted Plants
Wrapping Potted Plants
Dish Garden
Record Keeping

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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