Kathy Bates, a floral designer at Rebel Hill Florist, has been named the 2013 Designer of the Year First Runner-up by the Central Tennessee Professional Florist Association (CTPFA). The award puts Bates among the top designers in the state of Tennessee. Rebel Hill Florist designers have won numerous awards with several Designer of the Year designations to their credit.
“I am so proud of Kathy and this accomplishment,” said Anna Page, owner of Rebel Hill Florist. “Kathy is an extraordinary and talented designer and we are fortunate to have her and all of our award-winning designers on the Rebel Hill team.”
Bates, who has 30 years of experience in the floral industry, joined Rebel Hill in 2008. Since that time, she has received considerable recognition and awards for her work. Back in March, she was part of the team from Schaffer Designs that won Best in Show at the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show for their exhibit “Jack”. The Philadelphia Flower Show is the premier flower show in the United States.
Recently, Bates was awarded a scholarship from the Southern Chapter of American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) to attend the National AIFD Symposium in Las Vegas. She is also a past winner of the Charles Owen Memorial Scholarship from CTPFA and the Owen-Shackleford Grant for professional education awarded by the Tennessee State Florists’ Association (TSFA).