The Tournament of Roses has selected Tom Bowling, AIFD, PFCI, Timothy Lindsay and Jodie Petersen to judge floats entered into the 2016 Rose Parade, which is now in its 127th year. The judges will grant awards based on criteria, such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation and dramatic impact.
Tom Bowling, AIFD, PFCI, is currently the director of education for Syndicate Sales, Inc. He researches floral trends in colors, textures, patterns and forms, and teaches design programs within the United States and Canada. He has worked for more than 35 years in the floral industry, including for the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC), owning his own retail shop and as a floral designer for the Rose Parade.
Timothy Lindsay oversees restoration, preservation and programming for the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills, Calif. His experience includes serving as a consultant on how to properly restore historic landscapes, teaching landscape design at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and writing for publications such as Sunset magazine.
Jodie Petersen has worked for the National Park Service (NPS) for more than 24 years. Currently, she is the landscape artist for the NPS’ Denver Service Center, but she has also worked for the NPS managing projects nationwide. She is a professional registered landscape architect, a LEED-accredited professional and a certified project management professional.
The Tournament of Roses’ president, Mike Matthiessen, will announce the award-winning floats on Jan. 1, 2016. The Rose Parade will take place in Pasadena, Calif., and will air live on multiple television channels beginning at 8 a.m. PST.