J & his dad, Mel Schwanke…worked side-by-side again at the design table after 18 years…using ALL American Grown Flowers and Foliage…for a very special Fun with Flowers and J episode & contest! Going head-to-head in an exciting, Patriotic Flower Design Contest…Mel & J showed off some serious design skills and their personal arranging styles to draw attention to the Beauty and Value of the Flowers & Foliage grown RIGHT HERE in America…on family farms located in CA & FL!
To make this “American Grown Original” contest even MORE enticing…we invited YOU, our uBloom Friends…to VOTE for YOUR Favorite design on FB, Twitter or uBloom…using the hashtags #GoJ or #GoMel to indicate who YOU wanted to WIN this epic “design off!”
With ENORMOUS viewership from all over the world…the “American Grown Original” episode stats were quite impressive! Flower Folks wanted to see how J & Mel stacked up against one another…and we received an INCREDIBLE response from our viewers with Record Breaking View Time and over 1023 UNIQUE views…WOW! J received over 80 personal messages & emails about the show and the webisode was downloaded an amazing 300 times!
So now…I’m sure you are wondering…WHO Won the design contest? Was it J or Mel? Well…the answer is…it was A TIE! Yep, the votes were cast equally for both J & Mel…showing that flower folks really do appreciate different arranging styles & designs! How Fantastic is that? Congrats to both of these “American Grown Originals” in winning the contest! However, the STARS of the show…the Flowers & Foliage grown in America…were the REAL Winners in our opinion!
We want to thank everyone who took the time to cast their votes for J and Mel….uBloom chose, at random, 10 winning flower folks who participated in the voting process to receive a special prize from uBloom…here is the list of winners & their prizes!
Diana Roy – Fantastic Flowers to Wear DVD
Marie Pratt – Seasons II and III of JTV on DVD
Debra Prinzing – John Henry Basic Design Book
Avril’s Garden – The Secrets to Creating Beautiful Wedding Flowers DVD set
Jamie Hindley – John Henry Prom & Homecoming Flowers Design Book
Leslie Smith – The Secrets to Creating Beautiful Wedding Flowers DVD set
Toni Noble Buckley – Mastering the Art of Painting Techniques DVD
Mary Mannes – Seasons II and III of JTV on DVD
Jaclyn Gough – John Henry Prom & Homecoming Flowers Design Book
Shirley Jean Hufstetler Ricketts – John Henry Wedding Style Book
Congrats to all of our winners!
For their designs in the American Grown Original webisode, Mel and J exclusively used American Grown Flowers & Foliage from these fine farms & wholesalers…
a. Ocean View Flowers
b. Eufloria Flowers
c. Resendiz Brothers
d. Brannan Street
f. KB Farms
g. Akiyama Growers
Special Thanks go out to the Following Flower Growers, Wholesalers, and Associations who promoted the contest…
a. SAF in their Ebrief
b. Florist Buying Club In their Newsletter )
c. Jennifer Strickland at Alpha Fern Company
d. Resendiz Brothers