A florist for almost 20 years, Christina has done a lot in that time to be proud of. Among being a well loved 'Short Course' trainer with the PSF team, Christina has also owned and managed a thriving floristry business for 14 years in her past, creating flowers for numerous high profile clients including the 2000 Olympics. With this it is our pleasure to share her story with you all...
Trainer: Christina Hay
Where did your passion for floristry begin?
I can remember staring at the local florist as an 11yr old and thinking how nice it would be to work there! Years later I did a night course for a few weeks when I was planning to travel overseas after Uni. The teacher offered me work experience and the rest is history.
And how did it lead you in to teaching?
I always took pride and pleasure from teaching my staff & colleagues about floral presentation. One day I was scrolling through SEEK and found an interesting advertisement from Pearsons so I thought I might like to follow that up!
What is it that you love about being a 'Short Course' trainer with PSF?
The interesting people I meet! ..And the range of topics and subjects I have always loved.
What were you doing before you started with Pearsons?
I worked within the flower industry for a few years after graduating. One long weekend I did a wedding for a friend in the Southern Highlands and from that was asked to do another. My business evolved somewhat organically this way. I would use the profits to buy more sundries and pay for the flowers etc. In 2006 I bought a run-down old house in Mascot that had once been a hairdresser. It had a large open space at the front and it had a sink! Perfect for my little business. I lived out the back and in this way Hayfever Flowers was born. Mascot is a great little area, in that there was a nice mix of residential and commercial (large and some small) businesses. I found this quite stimulating as it meant we had crazy big days such as Valentine's as well as a nice amount of corporate flowers, weddings, and all the things that a florist offers, including gifts, parties, formals and funerals. It certainly makes market buying more interesting and keeps you on your toes in terms of stock and designs.
In 2015 my personal life lead me in a different direction & my wonderful staff took over my business and it still exists today, still in the same suburb, although in a different location. I know they are still having lots of creative fun.
What’s something our students wouldn’t know about you?
I adore hard rubbish days and will usually come home with some kind of junk I find!.. My house is full of upcycled furniture.
What is your proudest moment as a trainer?
I love the moment a student finds their creative outlet in floristry….It’s amazing how artistic most people are.
Why would you suggest floristry as a career for budding floral enthusiasts?
It’s a fulfilling career that enables people to pursue their artistic talents. It is always rewarding to see a happy customer with a beautiful bouquet or arrangement.
To our budding florists and floral enthusiasts, do you have any care tips you’ve picked up along the way to share?
Recut, recut , recut!!! Clean water keeps flowers lasting longer and always get rid of the plastic sleeves!!
Who do you look to for inspiration in the industry?
Lynne Dallas, Seed Flora, Grandiflora, Mary Fairlie- Cunningham, Mathew Landers, Vasette & I follow them all on Instagram!