Local florist wins statewide floral competition in Indianapolis

By Jaime Hess

Competing against members of the American Institute of Floral Designers, Steve Biever, owner of the floral shop It Can Be Arranged on the Evansville's East Side, won first place at the 50th anniversary of the Indiana Floral and Patio Show in Indianapolis March 8-15. This is Biever's third win at this competition in the People's Choice category for floral design.

More than 100,000 people attended the show throughout the second week in March, viewing the designs of more than 400 exhibitors. Many voted on a range of categories including landscape gardening and floral design. In the floral design category, Biever competed against six other florists, each Indiana residents accredited by the American Institute of Floral designers.

The Hollywood-themed event required landscapers craft designs with movie motifs and floral designs with inspirations from musicals. It only took Biever, who has been a florist for 25 years, two days to make the 11-foot tall floral design that was called "My Secret Garden," inspired by the musical "The Secret Garden."

"It was a garden utopia of shades of purples and lime green silk flowers," Biever told Business Watch.

Using a wired-cage urn and tubing, Biever crafted a waterfall for his floral design, powered by electricity.

"It was a great honor to be chosen for a third time competing against the top American Institute of Floral Designers members throughout the state," said Biever.

A recreation of Biever's winning design now sits in the window of It Can Be Arranged (4313 E. Morgan Ave.)