Sammy Bate, Mittagong local won the 2016 NSW Floristry Student of The Year, awarded by the Flower Growers Group of NSW Inc. The competition was proudly sponsored by the Department of Education and Training. Sammy studied at Pearsons School of Floristry and we are so thrilled with her success!

We had the pleasure to ask her some questions about her experience while studying at PSF and what she is getting up to now in the industry.

What initially attracted you to floristry?

A very wonderful friend of mine Justine Warby, owned a super delightful florist in the Southern highlands. (Blooms of Bowral) She asked if I wanted to work for her a few hours a week and being a massive lover of all things nature related, I couldn't help myself. She undoubtedly opened my eyes to what is now, a ridiculous love affair with flowers.

What made you take the leap to study at Pearsons?

I was avidly interested in studying and taking my endearment for flowers further. I turned to my current boss Kathleen Drennan for guidance as she had previously studied at Pearsons. Kathleen and her partner Sloan were doubtlessly one of the main reasons why I decided to study there myself.

What did you enjoy most about the certificate 3 in floristry course?

I loved most aspects of the course but wiring took my fancy. It's such an intricate and time consuming facet of floristry which I think is why I enjoyed it so much- Every class pushed me and tested my concentration.

What's your flower crush?

I'm an ardent lover of hydrangea, I could find an excuse to include it in just about everything! I also have a rather large soft spot for locally grown dahlias with peachy faces.

Who or what inspires you?

I think nature is a constant and tremendous inspiration. I find it so fascinating to stop and examine how a plant or flower is growing in its natural home. Of course I also find myself rambling over florists' work from all over the world through social media- which is another huge inspiration.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to do the course?

If floristry is something you're considering don't hold back. I think the course is such a wonderful experience that you will very much appreciate and grow from.

What's next for Sammy?

I currently still work at Blooms of Bowral, so I'm very content spending most of my days there. However, I'll have to wait and see where my floristry career takes me and I suspect it'll be nothing short of lovely.


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