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Ponchatoula florist selected for FTD America’s Cup contest

Posted: Saturday, November 25, 2017 | Views: 1326

Ponchatoula florist selected for FTD America’s Cup contest
Samantha Bates AIFD of Especially For You Floral, located in downtown Ponchatoula, has been selected as one of the 10 competitors for the 2018 FTD America's Cup design competition held in Washington, DC this coming July.

Bates will compete against nine other floral designers selected from around the country for the chance to represent the United States of America in the 2019 FTD-Interfluer-Fleurop World Cup.

The international floral design competition, the most prestigious floral design competition in the world, is held once every 4 years, similar to the Olympics and perviously held in Berlin Germany.

Bates is a fully accredited member of the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers. In 2017, Bates was featured in Florists Review magazine, a 120 yr old publication, as "Top 35 Under 35" in the floral industry in the US. She has competed in numerous floral design competitions throughout the country, and was named the 2014 Louisiana State Designer of the Year.

Bates has represented Louisiana in the nationally accredited Mid America Cup in Arkansas 2015 and has won several design competitions. Recently, Bates was selected to compete in the Iron Designer competition coming mid November 2017 in Houston TX, modeled after the popular television series Iron Chef.