North Raleigh Florist Designers Honored by Wake County Florist Association

Local Flower Shop Recognized Twice for Competition Designs

Raleigh, NC, October 20, 2011 --( Janice Cutler, President and owner of North Raleigh Florist (, has announced that two of the shop’s floral designers were recognized at the 2011 Wake County Florist Association Designer of the Year competition. Samantha Bunn, shop manager, garnered top honors and was named the Wake County Designer of the Year 2011 and received a $1,000 scholarship to further her education. Floral designer Venetia Gentzler was second runner-up in the competition. Lead designer Brandi Dennison previously won Wake County Designer of the Year in 2009.

Competitors were tasked with completing floral designs in the categories of bridal, sympathy, buffet centerpiece and surprise design in 90 minutes. Each contestant received the same flowers to complete their arrangements, which were judged on mechanics, color, texture, design, aesthetics and originality. For more information about the annual competition, visit

“Samantha and Venetia wowed the judges with their designs and are very deserving of recognition,” said Cutler. “The talents that they bring to each competition are essential in making North Raleigh Florist a success.”

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About North Raleigh Florist:
North Raleigh Florist, owned by Janice Cutler, former owner of Montgomery’s Florist from 1996-2001, is committed to providing only the finest floral arrangements and gifts. Located at 7457 Six Forks Road in Raleigh, the firm is convenient to North Hills and Crabtree Valley Mall, local businesses and a host of special-event locations. Honored by Metro Magazine with a MetroBravo! Award in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and named Best Florist by Independent Weekly’s 2010 Best of the Triangle awards, North Raleigh Florist is a full-service florist specializing in fabulous containers with elaborate designs for any occasion, and always offers the latest trends in floral design. The firm offers a variety of services including fresh flowers, silk flowers and plants for any occasion for local delivery and out of town ordering, in addition to a Sunday on-call option for sympathy work. For more information on North Raleigh Florist, please visit or call (919) 847-3381 or (800) 447-5435.

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