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Flower Standards in the Australian Floral Industry

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The Australian flower industry is unusual in that there are no defined, accepted standards for flowers such as exists in Europe, due to the dominance of the Dutch flower markets, and the USA, which is dominated by imports from South America.

History of the Australian Flower Industry

The Australian industry has developed largely independently from these influences due to decades of extreme restrictions on importing flowers and the distance and cost of importing from these markets. The huge distances between Australia’s small population centres have meant that flower production in Australia has developed around each main city rather than a national basis.

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2014 Top Gun Competition Winners

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This year we received more than 1300 stunning entries in our annual Tesselaars “Top Gun” Wedding Flowers Competition, which one entrant described as “the Australian Idol of the flower world”!

Each entrant gets their work displayed in our main competition gallery, and throughout the competition and into the future we feature work from this gallery in online collections, which we advertise to brides-to-be around Australia. This provides great, free advertising for all the florists who enter!

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The judges did the very difficult work of narrowing down their top 10 picks in the 3 categories of the competition – a ridiculously difficult task given the huge number of amazing floral creations! Each category finalist should feel rightly proud of this achievement and will accordingly be rewarded with a printed finalists certificate and also a badge to display online.

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From there we turned each top 10 group of category finalists over to popular vote on our Facebook page – and then we threw a lot of money into advertising these works to brides across Australia. The competition was intense – but the votes are in and we have our winners, who will each receive an iPhone 6 Plus!

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The 2014 “Top Gun” Top Thirty!

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Out of many hundreds of entries from around Australia into the 2014 “Top Gun” Wedding Flowers Competition, we have selected the top 30 finalists! 3 talented florists (one from each category) will win these awesome prizes.

Getting to this stage of the competition is in itself an amazing achievement given the scale and quality of the total entries. Each entry will win the florist a finalist certificate for their shop or studio and a badge for their website or social media pages.

Tesselaars Top Gun 2014 - Top 30

Tesselaars Top Gun 2014 – Choosing the Top 30 was HARD!

Choosing the Winners

Each category will have an overall winner. So that’s 3 category winners, no single competition winner.

A voting period from Monday 17th November until 10am Monday 24th November now begins. Voting is open to the public and we will be actively advertising this aspect of the competition to a targeted selection of Australian brides-to-be around the country.

How To Vote

Voting is simple:

1) To be sure your votes count, please read the rules regarding Facebook voting and comments, then
2) click the big green buttons below to go view the category albums in Facebook – and
3) vote with a like!


Your vote will be visible of course, as Facebook requires you to log in to ‘like’ anything, so it’s a great way to let those florists whose work you truly admire know that you’re a fan!

You can vote for as many entries as you like (once each) and also you should feel free to promote the Australian real floristry cause by sharing the competition albums with your own Facebook friends and/or page fans.

Good luck to the finalists!

Check Out These Amazing Wedding Flowers

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The 2014 Top Gun Wedding Flowers Competition is well and truly underway by now and the entries are pouring in! But what about YOU? Have you entered yet? If you’d like to you can enter here.


Entry by Sassafras Flowers

You Could Win These Great Prizes!

3 iPhone 6 Plus “phablets” To Be Won! As well as Official Winner’s Trophy and official winner’s badge to place on website, Facebook, etc.

In case you’re wondering what the difference between the iPhone 6 PLUS and an ordinary iPhone, the difference comes down to size. Basically the PLUS comes in-between the iPhone and the iPad (hence the nickname “phablet” which is a combination of “phone” and “tablet”).

This photo explains the size difference – to be clear, winners get the bigger one, not two phones :-)

iPhone 6 PLUS

Here’s Some Highlights So Far


Flower Delivery – and how we charge freight

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Here at Tesselaar Flowers, we price flowers delivered. Except for very small orders where an extra delivery fee may be incurred, prices quoted are either for ‘pick up’ at our warehouse or delivered to your account address.

Many suppliers ‘add freight’ as a line on the invoice because they do not know what the cost of the freight will be until the order is packed and they know the volume of the order.

We, through our sophisticated IT system, know very accurately at the time of order the exact cost of shipping a bunch of each type of flower to every destination. These costs vary very significantly for different flower types due to differences in weight/volume. For example units in a container: a bunch of iris – 20, gladioli – 6, sweet pea – 15, oriental – 7, poppies – 20, roses – 6-20, foliages – 3-15.

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flower delivery & freight charges explained

As can be seen from these examples just averaging out the cost of freight over the number of bunches can give very misleading costs when costing flowers into an arrangement.

We take the guesswork out of this process by calculating freight on the fly, adding this actual cost to the ‘pick up’ price and quoting the price as a delivered in store price. We do not add any margin to the cost of freight so the price you pay for the flowers is exactly the same as if you collected it from our warehouse.

Because we are able to calculate both the freight cost and the volume on the fly, we are also able to tell you, as you order, when a bucket is full and how many buckets your order is. This helps ensure efficient freight costs for everybody.

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