The competition is hosted by the Tennessee State Florists’ Association, or TSFA.
Hall has been working at Bradley Florist for more than a year. For 19 years he has been creating sweet-smelling visions as a floral arranger.
Once Hall applied for the prestigious competition, Bradley Florist’s owner Scott Turner completed the requirements of verifying Hall’s employment at the flower shop — then it was off to Nashville where he had to create four winning designs.
“Each of the designs were tabulated. The overall score decides who the designer of the year will be,” Turner said.
In addition to the design element part of the competition, there was a personal interview.
Following the spirited competition, winners in each category were announced and Hall was declared the overall winner at the presidential ball.
Hall said his feet didn’t touch the ground for a couple of days after he received the distinguished title. Now a week later, the realization is beginning to set in. His feet have made contact with the ground now but the joy remains.
“I really worked hard for this. It’s been something I have always wanted but was still shocked when they announced it was me,” said Hall.
Turner is proud of his employee/friend for doing so well in the Nashville competition.
“He did a wonderful job. I have known how good he is, now everyone else does,” Turner said.
Bradley Florist has been a local community staple for 50 years. When Turner purchased the established business in 2009, he committed to continue the legacy. Since Jan 2010 it has been at its new location at Star Plaza.
“It’s been a great adventure and a good move for us,” said Turner. “It’s also made us so happy to have one of our very own named ‘Designer of the Year.’”
Benita Walsh, a coworker who spends most of her days designing floral arrangements alongside Hall said she was tickled to hear of his success in the tough competition.
Between the three veteran floral designers, there is 60 years of botanical experience, each with a unique flare and style of their own.
“We work well together and enjoy spending time in the shop with each other,” said Walsh.
Hall believes it is because the atmosphere is so comfortable he is able to present his floral artistry and originality.
“I truly love working here. I get to do mostly what I want. Our customers are another thing I love about working here. They are great,” Hall said.
The Tennessee State Designer of the Year trophy will remain on display at Bradley Florist until Hall presents it to the 2011 recipient next year. At that time, Hall will receive a personal, one-of-a-kind custom trophy.
Representing the state of Tennessee, Hall looks forward to the Southern Regional competition on Aug. 27 through 28.