We are proud to announce the winners of our fifth annual Garden Rose Design Contest. Entries were accepted in two categories: Wedding Work and Everyday Design, and hundreds of entries were submitted by designers from around the world.
We receive so many fantastic entries each year, and we want to thank everyone who participated. We look forward to seeing your designs in 2023!
The Winners - Wedding Work category
1st place: Katya Hutter, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Garden rose varieties: 12 varieties of David Austin Wedding Roses
Photographer: Sandra Von Riekhoff
2nd place: Samantha Fitzgerald, Smithfield, VA, USA
Garden rose varieties: Juliet (Ausjameson), Keira (Ausboxer) and Quicksand
Photographer: Cat Deline
3rd place: Galina Serebriakova, Bogotá, Colombia
Garden rose varieties: Princess Hitomi, Just Peachy Spr and Bridal Piano
Photographer: Katerina Ponik
Readers' Choice: Justine Chapura, Fort Worth, TX, USA
Garden rose varieties: Leonora (Auswagsy) and Patience (Auspastor)
Photographer: Ashlea Snell
The Winners - Everyday Design category
1st place: Elizabeth Miller, Houston, TX, USA
Garden rose varieties: Princess Miyuki and Juliet (Ausjameson)
Photographer: Elizabeth Miller
2nd place: Janelle Gerestein, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Garden rose varieties: Keira (Ausboxer) and Sola Spr
Photographer: Castaño Films
3rd place: Wendy Mercer, Spotsylvania, VA, USA
Garden rose varieties: Mariatheresia
Photographer: Lindsey Snavely
Readers' Choice: Dolores Vlad, Highland Park, IL, USA
Garden rose varieties: Precious Moments
Photographer: Dolores Vlad
Prizes and Judges
In each category, the first-place winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to Alexandra Farms. Second place and Readers’ Choice winners will receive 1,000 stems of garden roses; third place winners will receive 500 stems of garden roses.
Judges were Jose R. Azout, president of Alexandra Farms; David J.C. Austin, managing director of David Austin Roses; and Holly Heider Chapple, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers and Hope Flower Farm and the founder of Chapel Designers.
Designs were evaluated on three criteria: how garden roses were used, photo quality and the overall design aesthetic and composition. Judging was conducted anonymously, independently and confidentially. The Readers’ Choice Award winners were chosen by the public through an anonymous online vote.