In keeping with the spirit of the Festival of the Trees, the point of departure for the design must be representative of the holiday spirit, but does not have to be a tree. This year, we ask that designers address the theme of “Timeless Design.” For the past thirty years South Florida has been home to many creative and exceptional designers, many have contributed their many talents to the continued success of this event. This year we continue to celebrate excellence in design and the creative spirits behind it!

The categories for judging are: Most Elegant, Most Colorful, Most Sustainable, Most Creative, Most Illuminating, Most Progressive, Most Whimsical, Most Thematic, Most Animated, and People’s Choice.

The Festival of the Trees Committee will provide a sign with the Designer/Sponsor credits. We do not permit advertising as part of the display. The Festival Committee will place all the submittals on pedestals strategically placed in the gallery setting. Note: The location of your tree is at the discretion of the committee. If you need electricity for your tree, please indicate such to the committee AT LEAST TWO (2) WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT.

The design should not exceed 24” x 24” . The height should be determined by stability and practicality. Your design must be able to stand atop an 18” x 42” pedestal. The weight should not exceed 80 lbs and should be able to be moved easily by two people. All trees must be displayed on the pedestal provided. If you choose to have your own, your design will be ineligible for judging and prizes. The pedestal provided is NOT to be altered or covered.

We will be auctioning your piece. Please provide a small label, or signature on or under the object. ADEQUATE PACKAGING MATERIAL SHOULD BE INCLUDED so that your tree can be handed over to the buyer safely. Proper packaging should include bubble wrap and a box.

Purchased trees will be available for pick up at the end of the main event on Thursday 16th November at 9:30 pm. Subsequent to the event, trees will be available for pick up from FIU Interior Architecture Department until Tuesday 28th November 2017. Please call 305-348-6914 to re-confirm payment and collection time.




JUN 22 Online pre-sale tickets available
OCT 1 Deadline for purchasing tickets at early bird price
OCT 27 Design Credits due: designer or firm name, sponsor name and concept statement
NOV 2 Deadline to have your name included in the program
NOV 15 Trees brought to space between 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Moore Building, 191 NE 40th Street, Miami FL 33137
NOV 16 Gala Opening Event: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, party and silent auction


Janine King, FIU Interior Architecture Department
t. 305-348-6914 | e.
Lisette Boosooboy, Committee Chair

Net proceeds to benefit the FIU Interior Architecture Department

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