What’s It Take to be a Florist?
Qualities which make a Successful Floral Designer
By Kit Wertz
There are many qualities which make up a successful floral designer. For example, we know that it takes strong arms and legs to withstand all the lugging around of flowers and bins full of water, Chuppah poles, and hours of standing while making floral designs.
It also takes someone who can handle the cold and early mornings at the wholesale flower market and someone who likes to be up to his or her knees in discarded floral stems on a daily basis.
In addition to being strong, rising early, embracing cold temps, wearing nice clothes and arriving early on site, wear a smile because you could meet your next client who is doing a walk-through at the venue where you are setting up. Always be ready to make a good first impression.
We created a fun info graphic to highlight some of the many requirements for making floral design a career.
Have No Fear – Of Heights, New Challenges or Flowers
As our business has expanded over the past 17 years, we’ve been faced with many new and exciting challenges. We were taught to face them without fear by our parents and continue to do so.
2015 Flower & Garden Shows
By Flower Duet
Highlights of Upcoming 2015 Flower Shows
In late February of each year, flower and garden shows start to sprout up all over the country. One of the most famous is the annual Philadelphia Flower Show held this year from February 28 to March 8, 2015.
Celebrate the Movies – The silver screen will burst into living color at the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show from February 28 to March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Every guest will feel like a star and every garden a magical setting as the world’s great floral and landscape designers capture the beauty and spirit of the world’s great cinema.
This year, the Philadelphia Flower Show will be rolling out the red carpet as floral and garden designers use Disney and Disney•Pixar films as inspiration for their exhibits. Guests will experience the magic as they walk through floral displays highlighting their favorite movies, from “Cars” to “Frozen” and “Maleficent” to the new live-action film “Cinderella.”
Everything for Your Home & Garden – All in One Place! West Michigan’s largest Home & Garden show is back for its 35th season! With 12 feature gardens, 4 free seminar stages and over 350 exhibitors featuring every product and service you’ll ever need, all under one roof, this is the show to attend!
Join uBloom‘s J Schwanke & WZZM‘s Catherine Behrendt and Local Celebrities as they whip up amazing floral arrangements right on stage on Friday at 6pm on the Home Stage to raise money for local charities! First place will get $500 for their selected charity, second place gets $200, and all others get $100 just for participating.
The roots of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced as far back as 1847! The Show, held each March at Chicago’s Navy Pier (March 14-22, 2015), is an experience for the senses, invoking memories of spring after a typically long and cold Chicago winter.
Presented by Mariano’s, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show creates an experience that the attendee will never forget by presenting realistic, as well as DIY solutions to inspire, educate and motivate the next generation of gardener.
The North Central Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers has teamed up with the art world to present an interpretive exhibit of art and floral. Come enrich your senses and see how others are using green as inspiration.
The 2015 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, “Going Wild.” is already under development.
- Stroll through gorgeous designer gardens, with artfully arranged plants, trees and flowers in full bloom.
- See the designs and watch the demonstrations by world-class floral designers.
- Discover how to create your own remarkable garden with hands-on demonstrations and inspiring seminars.
- Meet professional gardeners and nursery owners who can answer all your questions…and help solve those nagging problems.
- Browse a wide selection of specialty shops featuring unique flowers, plants, gifts, tools and more.
- Learn how to grow and prepare fresh home-grown food.
On Friday March 19, join the elite designers of the American Institute of Floral Design for an exciting evening of floral design and flower fashions.
An Interactive Flower & Garden Show Map
We decided it would be fun to create a Google mash up interactive map of garden shows around the country and a few more overseas so you can see at a glance if there is one near you or in a place you’d like to visit!
Click on a green point to view more information about the show. Zoom in by clicking on the + sign.
Flower Duet’s March Floral Design Classes
Flower Arranging Classes at Flower Duet’s Studio in the South Bay
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Three times next year, we’ll offer a monthly series of three classes. You can sign up for one class or a whole series. These will concentrate on three areas of wedding flowers: bouquets, centerpieces and personal flowers — which will include corsages, hair wreaths/floral crowns and boutonnieres.
Class size is limited and geared toward those who want to increase their awareness of wedding flowers and how to work with tricky wedding techniques, but it can be useful for the casual flower arranger as well who wants to round out their floral skills.
Flower Duet Design Studio
2675 Skypark Drive, Suite 205
Torrance, CA 90505
At the Gardens of The Huntington Library and The South Coast Botanic Garden
Time: Adult Design Class: 1-3 p.m.
Spring Ranunculus Floral Design: Learn how to design flowers using lovely springtime Ranunculus blooms in floral foam. Students will learn how to choose the best flowers for arranging, how to condition them so the arrangement lasts a long time and combine them with complementary green foliage. Flower Duet will show students how to properly use floral foam so the arrangement stays looking natural and organic. All supplies included. Students take home their designs. Registration for this class is required 48 hours in advance of class start date. More Info….
Adult Class (Ages 13+): Celebrate The Blue Boy and Pinkie paintings from The Huntington Library’s permanent collection by creating a floral design featuring pink or blue hydrangea. You choose your color theme and Flower Duet will lead you in a full floral design along with tips and tricks for keeping hydrangea fresh!
Date: MARCH 21, 2014
Time: Adult Design Class: 10 a.m. to Noon | Kids Design Class: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Flower Book – Taking the Flower Show Home
In this extensively and beautifully photographed compendium, these veteran flower show exhibitors reveal the excitement and challenge of realizing large scale artistic visions. The book includes all you need to bring the show home to you, with construction tips, ideas, material lists and flower selection, and insightful techniques to help you create floral designs of your own.
Purchase on Amazon.com.
Learn more about this team of floral designers from an interview they gave to the Mayesh team in 2013.
Flower Tool – Ladders
Tall ladders, step ladders and stepping stools are all necessary and handy tools for every florist. Most venues do not provide a ladder and it’s not good form to stand on the rental chair to attach a garland or floral spray to an arch.
One ladder is crucial for most jobs, and a light weight step ladder may be all you need. They fold flat and can fit in the van without taking up too much storage space. Using two of these is actually ideal in the event you have two of you to set up floral sprays on an arch. One to hold it at the right height and another to attach it.
If you know that a pergola is tall, better bring that 6-8 foot ladder. It’s best to make it an aluminum one so that it is lightweight to carry and lift to lash to the roof of your van or truck.
Most venues will not allow you to use their ladders for insurance reasons, some may not have one to even offer, and if they do, you have to wait for them to get it for you. It is always professional to provide your own tools, so that you can get the job done within the tight time frame allowed. Add that ladder to your tool kit, you’ll be glad you did.