Having worked in the florist industry both as a florist and a teacher for over 20 years, I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people. They come from a range of backgrounds and have a range of skills that have made them invaluable team members.
Some are floral designers with a real passion and creative flare, knowledgeable about both flowers and design. Others are amazing merchandisers that can create stunning in-store floral displays and make the setting up of a flower shop look effortless. Then there are those that really understand how to build relationships with our clients and take customer service to the next level. There is the organiser: the person that keeps calm and manages the Workflow on the those crazy, busy florist days and big wedding installations.
A successful florist business needs a team of people with this range of skills to work in their high energy environments. Yes, its hard work, can be long hours and physical yet working in the florist industry can really get into your blood. Being a florist is more than a job, it is a lifestyle and a privilege.
SO, YOU ARE INSPIRED TO MAKE FLOWERS YOUR WORLD …. WHAT SKILLS DO YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
I have broken it down into these five areas:
- Become the FLOWER EXPERT
- Develop your Floral Design Eye
- Know how to create beautiful floral designs
- Be work-ready (this can be more than a hobby)
- Understand your client’s needs
BECOME THE FLOWER EXPERT
A florist needs to know more about flowers than just their names. You will need to know their natural season, what colours they come in, how to care for them, where to store them, how long they last as cut flowers and what designs they are suitable for.
As an example, a bride sends you through an image of a bridal bouquet she would like you to use for inspiration for her wedding. An experienced florist would be able to identify the key flowers and foliage and know whether they are in season, what colours they come in, if they are suitable to use in that particular design and where to source them. If those flowers are not available, a florist could come up with a list of other blooms to use in the bouquet to create that same look and feel.
DEVELOP YOUR FLORAL DESIGN EYE
A floral designer is in touch with trends in floristry, with an eye on the future and a respect for the past. You will have a strong feel for colour and the impact of different colours combinations.
Through a florist’s understanding of the Elements and Principles of Design and how they relate in floristry, you can create different looks in your arrangements from classical to contemporary, depending on the client’s brief.
Instinctively you will understand the role that each flower plays in a design, be it a focal or transitional flower, so you know what to substitute if that flower is not in season.
To build your floristry portfolio you will need to need to style and take beautiful images that best represent your own floral brand.
KNOW HOW TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL FLORAL DESIGNS
On any day in the Pearsons workshop you could be asked to create a wide range of designs from beautiful bouquets, large exotic floral displays for an office reception, table centres for a corporate event, wedding bouquets right through to a spray for a funeral.
A florist needs to understand how to create a wide range of displays and how to adjust to the changes in fashion and season.
The three key techniques to start your learning are called Hand Tied, Base Medium and Wiring. Using these three key techniques you can create floral arrangements from gift bouquets, table decorations, sympathy flowers and wedding party flowers.
BE WORK-READY (THIS CAN BE MORE THAN A HOBBY)
What happens in a florist business or studio? When do the flowers arrive and how do you need to process them? How do know how to quote for a bouquet or wedding? How much should you charge for your time and the flowers?
At Pearsons we encourage students to gain practical experience in the industry as part of our program to ensure they are Work Ready.
A florist needs to be an active member of a team… a great communicator. Enthusiastic and happy to share the load.
UNDERSTAND YOUR CLIENT’S NEEDS
I often think of a florist as a poet …. using flowers rather than words. Flowers make a statement. Flowers say something to people whether they are being delivered to commemorate a life lost or to celebrate a new beginning.
When starting out in floristry it is important to build your repertoire of questions to ask your clients, so you know why they are buying flowers. Then you can design the perfect gift or wedding installation for them.
Once you understand your client needs, they will trust and allow you to be creative and run with your design ideas.
HOW CAN YOU GET THE SKILLS TO BE A FLORIST?
Floristry is a commitment to life-long learning but SFL30115 Certificate III in Floristry is a great place to start. At Pearsons we match our industry knowledge of the skills required to be a successful florist with the requirements of the curriculum. Through our innovative program we build your underpinning flower and design knowledge, and strong practical floristry skills.
Our focus is to help you get started on your floral career.
Learn more about SFL30115 Certificate III in Floristry
Lynne is proud of her many achievements with flowers and plants especially her Gold Medal from the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, which has a very special place in her heart.
Lynne’s knowledge and experience with flowers, plants and design stretch beyond the conventional term ‘Florist.’ Although starting in a conventional way, in a flower shop, Lynne's career since has been vast and varied. Originally from the beautiful south of England Lynne now lives on the stunning Central Coast of NSW just an hour and a half from Sydney and Close to the Hunter Valley
Lynne spends her time curating floral projects, teaching, and design consulting. Her design skills have been sought after in many areas from developing product ranges for large retailers to start up companies where she has helped shape brand image , set colour and trend direction and styled product photography.
Lynne is a highly qualified florist and has taught at premier flower schools in London and in Sydney and has traveled widely to demonstrate and give workshops.
Lynne is the CREATIVE DIRECTOR of Pearsons School of Floristry.