Phil Rulloda, Ronnie Siegel and Carol Togneri announced as 2017 Rose Parade float judges

Singpoli won the 2016 Sweepstakes Trophy for "Maro Polo: East Meets West." Photo copyright 2016 Ramona Monteros.
Singpoli won the 2016 Sweepstakes Trophy. Photo copyright 2016 Ramona Monteros.

from The Tournament of Roses Association

The Tournament of Roses has selected PhilRulloda, Ronnie Siegel and Carol Togneri to be float judges for the 128th Rose Parade presentedby Honda. The judges will grant awards based on many criteria including creative design, floralcraftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and colorpresentation and dramatic impact. The Tournament of Roses will announce the award-winning floats the morning of January 2, 2017, at Tournament House.

“Our Rose Parade float judges bring uniquely diverse skills to the judging process that greatly will assist them in the challenging task of judging each of the Parade’s incredible botanic masterpieces,” said Brad Ratliff. “Each float is designed, built and decorated by individuals who leave a small but valuably personal piece of himself and herself woven into the tapestry of each floral presentation. Each member of our esteemed panel of judges understands the theme, Echoes of Success, and is distinctly qualified to understand the role that each person plays in creating these beautiful works of art.”

About the 2017 Rose Parade Float Judges

Phil Rulloda is one of America’s chief evangelists for floral design, celebrating his 54thyear as a florist – an Ambassador of Sentiment.Having amassed an incredible number of awards in national and international designcompetitions, Phil has presented more than 500 programs to tens of thousands of professionalflorists. He was the 2004 recipient of the Society of American Florists’ Tommy Bright Award inrecognition of his lifetime achievement in floral education and commentary, in 1991 he was the first recipient of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) Award of Design Influenceand in 2007 Phil and wife Cathy Hillen-Rulloda were honored and received AIFD’s Award of Distinguished Service to the floral industry.

Phil was invited to the White House to assist in Christmas decorating and has been a visitor in many foreign countries at the invitation of heads of State. He is director of the Southern California School of Floral Design in Anaheim, California. Phil cites his two primary mentors and sources of inspiration as Silverio Casabar and Buddy Benz but says, “I learn from everyone I come in contact with.” Additionally, he says he is not so proud of his own accomplishments. but more considers the measure of his worth by the many students who have gone on to excel in the industry. His goal has most-importantly been to educate, motivate and provide inspiration to his audiences and students. To his many students, he states, “You are my legacy.” His website is http://www.philrulloda.com.

Ronnie Siegel, principal of the firm Swire Siegel, is an award winning Landscape Architect who designs parks, playgrounds, school campuses, and residential gardens primarily inthe Los Angeles area.After receiving her Masters in Landscape Architecture from University of Pennsylvania,Ronnie began her career in New York City where she worked on a wide range of parks andpublic spaces, including a major program to renovate large areas of Central Park. She opened herown firm in 1982 and since then, Swire Siegel Landscape Architects has completed more than300 projects including schools, parks and playgrounds, major public spaces, and both large andsmall private estates and residential gardens.

Swire Siegel relocated to southern California in 1987, and has been a staunch championand leader in the movement for sustainable landscapes, especially water conserving designs.Ronnie is personally committed to developing and creating nature-based play and learningenvironments for children from preschool to high school. She has teamed with child care centers,school districts, and municipalities, to reinvent traditional play spaces with a more nature-basedfocus for urban children. Her designs promote learning through the exploration of nature and anappreciation of the local environment.

Ronnie is thrilled and honored to be a part of this year’s Rose Parade, which has been highlighting the Earth’s flora for more than 100 years. You can find out more about Ronnie and her firm at www.swiresiegel.com.

Carol Togneri is the Chief Curator at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, where she has worked for the past 15 years. Prior to her current role as Chief Curator, Carol served as Research Scholar and Senior Curator at the museum. Carol began her career of 24 years at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1978, first in the Department of Paintings and later as Manager of the Getty Provenance Index. Her main areas of interest are European Paintings before 1900, and the history of collecting. Carol shares her knowledge and passion of art through published works and lectures. Her lectures include; “Norton Simon, Henry Huntington, and J. Paul Getty: Three Southern California Collectors” and “Pendants and Partners: A Reunion of Paintings.” Her published works include; “The Travel Diaries of Otto Mündler 1855–1858,”and “Collections of Paintings in Haarlem, 1572–1745.”

Carol credits her big Italian family as her ‘Echoes of Success’ for inspiring her to love arthistory, culture, and museums.She received her B.A. and M.A. in Art History from CSULA, and wrote her thesis on“Giovanni Battista Crespi and the Patronage of Cardinal Federico Borromeo in Milan.” Carolwas born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley and lives in Pasadena.