I first started this crazy job the day before Valentine’s Day (February 13th, 2012) at a busy small town shop. I started as a co-op through my high school and continued to work for them after my hours were through. My two bosses were wonderful in answering every one of my confused questions and teaching me the basics of floral design! But most importantly they gave me the chance to get creative and to actually create arrangements, something that new floral designers don’t always get.
I then moved on after a year to a very new small town shop with a garden center as well as a floral design studio. I loved working in the floral design area learning a new European design style (something that I most likely wouldn’t have learned if it wasn’t for the wonderful designer I worked with there). I also was then able to expand my knowledge of different indoor and outdoor plants and their care and handling.
But I still needed more education if I really wanted to succeed, so I applied to Seneca college’s full time floral design program. There I met 22 other fabulous designers and 4 wonderful professors one of which I absolutely adore her British sassiness, and another her grace and ability to manage everything in our program. I’m looking forward to completing my program April 2014.
With finishing college I can only imagine how many grey hairs my dad is getting with all the different career options I have been offered and have in mind! But if you’re thinking about a possible career in floral design there are a couple of possibilities you can use to help make your decision. If you’re still in high school, take a co-op course and work in a flower shop, it’s a really easy way to get into a shop. If you’re like most people in my floral design course your well out of high school, volunteer some time, ask (not on a busy holiday) to come in and have them run you through a day in their shop! Most owners would be thrilled! Anyways that’s all for me this week, please check in next week when I talk about greens used in floral design. Remember support your local florist!