Sophia Rieter started the Certificate III course with us last year after coming from a background in Visual Merchandising. With a natural knack for creativity Sophia flew through the course and landed a job with our very own Pearsons Floristry team in Bondi. Since finishing her studies and receiving her qualification earlier this year she has become a full time staff member within our Darlinghurst store. We are very happy to have her as part of the Pearsons team and cannot wait to see where her floristry takes her. Here is her story:
Company: Pearsons Florist
Florist: Sophia Rieter
What initially attracted you to floristry?
I have always loved nature and wanted to make my passion a career.
What was your favourite thing about studying the ‘SFL30115 Certificate III in Floristry’ with Pearsons School?
That is a hard question - there were so many things I loved about the course!
The trainers were amazing! They were always very helpful and inspiring. I got to know them while studying and enjoyed how creative they were and what they did in their spare time.
My classmates made the course a once in a lifetime experience. I have made lifelong friends and love that we all share the same passion of flowers and creativity.
My favourite part of the course was the wrap it up cluster, being able to problem solve and install a large installation.
What has been a career highlight for you so far?
A career highlight for me is definitely doing wedding flowers and being able to step back and see it all come together.
How would your Pearsons co-workers describe you in three words?
Fun, Creative and Organised!
What is your flower crush?
I have so many favourite flowers but I think my all-time favourite is the Burgundy Peony. I am a big fan of dark moody colours. I also love any Native flowers and King Proteas.
To our budding florists and floral enthusiasts, do you have any great care tips you’ve picked up?
A great tip I have learnt is to keep hydrangea moist, and spray the heads daily to make them last longer. Peonies should have leaves stripped off as they drink lots of water. I have learnt if you also want the Peonies to open quickly the best thing is to do is put them somewhere warm, scalding the stems also helps! We also refrigerate them to keep them from blooming too quickly in the shop.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Instagram, Pinterest, Installations, creative people, nature itself!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get in to floristry?
Life is too short, do what makes you happy! It is truly the most amazing job!
What’s next for Sophia?
Eventually I would like to start my own business down the track.
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