Designing to Win Gallery 2023

Glass & Grass

As part of Flower Thinking's Designing to Win program, a group of floral designers, artists and arrangers responded to a competition-style schedule with the theme Glass & Grass.

Join us for a tour of the submissions from some of the designers who participated.

We hope you'll enjoy the work and be inspired to advance your floral competion skills too.

  • David Berger

    My inspiration was a fluted glass vase and the grasses along a path where I walk my dogs ... A new found respect developed for the vast botanical family that grass is a part of.

  • Hannah Bleckley

    The first inspiration was the hoop, this then led the design shape followed by the blue bottle linking to the blue Eryngium sp.

  • Wendy Drury

    Following the design brief and theme, I chose materials that best met the Glass and Grass theme. I tried a variety of colors to complement the design.

  • Gwen Hartley

    Wanting to recycle left over cut off glass sheet in my workroom, I had to incorporate grass component. I used two pieces glass with grass in between sealed with silicon double sided tape.

  • Jill Hoskin

    I decided to use a narrow glass container for the brief. Long strands of grass were bound together with wire and manipulated into curved lines that I was able to place inside the container as well as on the outside. I enjoyed the challenge!

  • Irene S McIndoe

    Choice of a locally made leadlight emerald green glass box proved challenging with strong glass colour to unify scale and proportion of plant materials and keep within allotted space.

  • Priya Shah

    I had an insight after my first submission to do something different as had never used the container and with Mark’s advice developed this design.

  • Linda Taneja

    Sustainability and a love for weaving was the inspiration for this design. All elements were grown in our home garden or from friends gardens. There is no wire used in the design - all bindings with New Zealand Flax.

  • Celéste de Villiers

    I took as my inspiration Grass, glass and water - Nature's richness


Reviews of Designing to Win from Designers and Audience Members

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Moira M
Floral Competition Essentials

Very informative,


I am thrilled to have found Designing to Win classes. Mark is an excellent teacher, looking at the work from both a competitor's and evaluator's point of view. I learned so much watching his thorough critiquing of each design and suggestions on improvements. I would love to try this as a competitor next time. A great educational experience!

Michael C.

Mark has a unique way of looking at design and he has brought that again with this Festive Thinking 2023 short course and tutorial. What I like about his courses are he gives you suggestions of useful techniques, detailed instructions and many examples of unique completed designs for inspiration. After you’ve submitted your design Mark reviews it and gives a detailed constructive analysis about the work. He indicates what works and what improvements or other possibilities to enhance the design. Always insightful and thought provoking. In addition to this, it is so good to see how other participants interpret the brief and the amazing designs they create. It’s a great opportunity to delve into the world of floral design. Highly recommended.


This course has boosted my confidence and understanding of what is expected in good floral design. The practical, eloquent and positive feedback has been really valuable. Not only does Mark possess true natural flair and talent, but also comes with vast experience and above all, is an excellent teacher who is able to clearly share his understanding with his students.


Love the ebooks and videos. Clear instructions and illustrations. Have received today the next brooks . Looking forward to being part of this community .