The Big Flower Fight

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Colorful flower sculpting competition is mellow, creative.

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It highlights the skills necessary to create live sculptures out of plants and flowers. Sustainability is sometimes discussed. 

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The cast members are polite and positive, and the judges constructive.

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References to "nether regions" and "busty parts" of models. A quick joke is made about a real man wearing nothing under a kilt. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Big Flower Fight is a family-friendly reality gardening competition from Britain. The contestants are positive and nice to one another, and outside of some occasional mild innuendo that will fly over the heads of young viewers, there’s nothing to worry about here. 

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What's the story?

Hosted by Natasia Demetriou (What We Do in the Shadows) and Vic Reeves, THE BIG FLOWER FIGHT is a British reality competition featuring ten pairs of amateur florists, garden designers, and sculptors from all over the world building big and bold works of art. Working from a giant greenhouse dome, each episode features the contestants competing in challenges the require them to build impressive sculptures, like giant insects and couture dresses, using thousands of flowers and plants. Judging their work is celebrity florist Kristen Griffith-Vanderyacht, along with a rotating panel of world renowned horticultural experts, including Sarah Eberle and James Alexander-Sinclair. The winner of each challenge earns the title "Best in Bloom," and.the losing team is eliminated. The team that wins the overall competition gets the chance to create a unique exhibition at London’s Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. 

Is it any good?

This colorful competition series reveals the artistry and skills required to create living, environmentally sustainable sculptures. It shows the process by which they are constructed from beginning to end, and highlights the characteristics each must have to win, like strong color patterns, interesting textures, and plants that attract lots of insects. 

However, despite each team’s effort to outdo the other, the energy throughout the show is pretty low. Even the reveal lacks excitement, despite the use of spotlighting and other effects to make it more dramatic. Avid gardeners (and possibly viewers who like Rose Parade floats) may find The Big Flower Fight interesting. But most who tune in will find themselves wilting after an episode or two. 

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  • Families can talk about the different knowledge and skills one needs to create plant and flower sculptures. What different kinds of expertise do the contestants of The Big Flower Fight bring to the competition? Which ones seem more beneficial than others?

  • Constructing live sculptures require thousands of plants and flowers. How is this environmentally sustainable? What things are done so that these structures benefit the ecosystem in some way?

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