The Tournament of Roses announced the three judges for the 2016 Rose Parade floats on Thursday in a press release. They are Tom Bowling, Timothy Lindsay and Jodie Petersen. All three have extensive in floral design or landscaping. They will judge the floats that appear in the 127th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2016 on a range of criteria, including creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation and dramatic impact.
The theme of the Rose Parade, presented in collaboration with the National Parks Service as it celebrates its centennial, is “Find Your Adventure.” The final judging occurs on Dec. 31 and the 24 trophies are announced by Pres. Mike Matthiessen on parade day. “Our esteemed panel of judges will use their diverse backgrounds and talents to analyze each float and identify those elements that help us best celebrate the many ways in which we may find our adventure in the coming year,” Matthiessen said.
Tom Bowling, AIFD, PFCI, has worked for more than 35 years in the florist industry, from owning his own retail shop to working on the national design team for Pres. Bill Clinton’s inauguration. He has been invited back to the White House twice to design for Pres. Barack Obama. He has also worked with the California Cut Flower Commission and currently is Director of Education for Syndicate Sales, traveling the world researching floral trends in colors, textures, patterns and forms, and teaching design programs within the United States and Canada.
Bowling’s experience as a judge includes service as a certified judge and evaluator for the American Institute of Floral Designers, of which he has been a member since 1989. He also served as its president. Bowling has been involved with the Rose Parade as a floral designer since 1995 and has also designed for the Academy Awards for 15 years.
Timothy Lindsay has spent his career working at botanical gardens and in the nursery industry. He currently oversees restoration, preservation and programming for the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills, Calif. and serves as a board advisor to the Friends of Robinson Gardens. Among his professional affiliations is the U.S. Department of the Interior—National Park Service-Cultural Resources. He has traveled extensively to significant gardens in North America and Europe.
In line with preservation and restoration work, Lindsay’s work has been featured on Home and Garden Television. He consults for architects on historic landscapes and has taught landscape design at UCLA. His gardens and writings have appeared in various publications including Sunset Magazine and other scientific and garden journals.
Jodie Petersen works for the National Park Service (NPS) as a landscape architect at the Denver Service Center, the central planning, design and construction project office for the NPS. She has managed NPS projects for 24 years, among them the Flight 93 National Memorial, Mesa Verde National Park and Hamilton Grange National Memorial. She was a key team member for an international park project in Qatar, which included assisting the Qatari government with planning for its first national park.
Petersen was elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows in 2013. She is a Professional Registered Landscape Architect, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional and a certified Project Management Professional. She has received many private and public sector awards for the landscape projects she has managed throughout her career.