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GREAT BRITAIN, JAPAN AND UNITED STATES TAKE TOP HONORS AT INTERNATIONAL WORLD CUP OF FLORAL DESIGN

 STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's leading florists gathered once again to compete in the "Olympics" of floral design on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2, in Stockholm, Sweden. The Interflora World Cup Competition is sponsored each year by Interflora Inc., the international flowers-by-wire organization which was founded by Florists' Transworld Delivery Association (FTD) in 1946. The grand prize winner was Sue Arust, 45, representing Great Britain. Ms. Arust from Gloucester, England won "Florist of the Year" twice during the 1980s and has participated in the Europa Cup. The second place winner was Japan's Mieko Yohino. She is 52 years old from Kyoto and is the winner of several Japan Cup flower design competitions. Japan was the winner four years ago at the last world Cup competition.
 For the first time ever, an American competitor placed in the top three of this international competition. The U.S. competitor who placed third is J.R. Nocon, an FTD professional florist and owner of flowers by J.R. in his hometown of Escondido, Calif. Nocon is a nationally renowned, award-winning floral artist who holds various design awards including the 1992 FTD America's Cup and several state and regional awards.
 "The World Cup competitors set the pace for upcoming trends in floral design," said Mark Knox, FTD's new president. "All the design and artistry which went into the arrangements created in Stockholm will influence and impact the flower arrangements our FTD professional florists will create for us here in the U.S.," he added.
 The competition, comprised of four trial designs and two final designs, was judged by the designer's peers who are also world-class level florists. In the finals late yesterday, 10 of the original 21 competitors were given surprise arrangements with a specific time period in which to complete the work. This year's surprise assignments included decorating live models with flowers and a "Flowers Around the World" display. In the preliminary competition held Friday, competitors were asked to create an elegant table decoration, a bridal bouquet, a "Floral Fireworks" display and a "Self-Portrait in Flowers."
 FTD was founded in 1910 by 15 retail florists who agreed to exchange orders for out-of-town deliveries, and today is owned and directed by more than 24,000 independent retail Member Florists in the United States and Canada.
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