LAHORE - The World Association of Floral Arrangers (WAFA), an international community of expert floral designers showcased a four-day talents show in Boston, titled, '2011 World Flower Show, This Glorious Earth. A delegation of 40 floral artists from Pakistan, led by Shahimah Sayed, also participated in the event and won various awards. The WAFA competitions this year included themes like Magic, Surprise, Fire, Chameleon, Writing, Sunset, Glass, Seasons, X-Ray, Stones, Storm, Dance, Music, Insects and others. Pakistani competitors felt proud when the award in class 'Magic went to Masami Hussain of Pakistan for her design. Malika Hussain of Pakistan won third place in the same category. Nishat Khan of Pakistan won first place in 'Surprise for his design. Second position in class 'Fire went to Saida Shahabuddin of Pakistan, while the same position in class 'Writing went to Farha Aquil Ahmed. Naushaba Khalil of Pakistan won first place in class 'Sunset for her design whereas third place in class 'Sunset went to Sofia Aijaz. Sameena Ahmed of Pakistan took first place in class 'X-Ray for her design. Yasmin Raziud Din of Pakistan won second place in 'X-Ray with her design whereas Ambreen Irfan won third prize in 'Dance competition. This was the first time in 30 years that WAFA organised its show in US. The previous nine shows were held in the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Canada, Belgium, France, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. Delegates from 30 countries participated in the show that was a floral expo featuring 600 flower arrangements, 12 lectures by acclaimed speakers, dozens of national and international exhibitions and design demonstrations. Wafa is a non-profit making, non-partisan organisation of floral art societies from 30 member countries. It was founded in 1981 and moves from country to country every three years. During its tenure, the host country organises an international seminar, stages a World Flower Show, convenes a General Assembly, produces a book portraying national floral designs and plans various other educational events. Previous WAFA host countries include Belgium, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In early 2008, the United States was elected to serve as the host country for WAFA 2008-2011. The mission of WAFA USA, which has a combined membership of more than 225,000, is three-fold: education, the promotion of floral art, and conservation. It promotes the exchange of information concerning floral art and allied interests, reinforces the bonds between the various member countries, and promotes the care and conservation of natural resources and the environment.