When can you call yourself a florist?

One question I hear a lot is, “Is it ok for me to be a florist? When can I call myself a florist?”

Before you can call yourself a florist, you need at least these 3 things:

1. Give yourself permission to explore this career! I notice a lot of people just want permission. It’s ok to call yourself a floral designer if you have the interest and the passion for it!

2. You need to know Flower ID. A working knowledge of at least 75 flower varieties is imperative. That said, we are always learning as florists. You’ll never know every flower species, but you should have a good handle on the most common cut flowers.

3. Be comfortable with floral mechanics. You should be able to make a flower arrangement with ease.

For more about this topic, join us for Kickstart your Floristry Career. The conference begins tomorrow! We delve into these issues, and more to help you identify the next steps you need to take to get your floristry career launched.

UPDATE: Thank you for another successful session, everyone! It was amazing to hear about the next steps you’ll be taking in your floral career! We will be closing the classroom doors tomorrow, October 4th. This workshop will be exclusively available to our career students until our fresh session, next spring! Thank you for joining us!

Arranging with Plant Cuttings Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our Arranging with Plant Cuttings workshop last Saturday! We arranged with plant cuttings, talked about how to plant them after the flower arrangement has faded, and compared notes on our climates and different cuttings that work for us. Students received a list of the most successful plant cuttings to work with as well as instructions on planting and designing with the cuttings. 

I am inspired to continue working with plant cuttings in flower arrangements! 

September Flower School wraps up this week! We will be holding our 3 day, Kickstart your Floristry Career conference! Book your spot in class here if you haven’t already! 

See you in class!

Arranging with Plant Cuttings Workshop Online This Saturday

This Saturday, September Flower School continues. I am excited to share how I use plant cuttings in floral designs live, online on Zoom at 11 AM PST.

If you haven’t signed up for the Arranging with Plant Cuttings workshop yet, you can book here. A replay of the class will be available to those who sign up but cannot make the time. 

I’ll do a demo for arranging cuttings and also planting them. If you are booked in for this class and you would like to make along, see the supply list below. The link for class will go out on Friday.

If you would like to make along, please bring the following:

-flower clippers

-2-3 small vases or drinking glasses in different heights

-a selection of cut flowers or plant cuttings with or without roots. I recommend: cinnamon basil, marigold, tomato, or pothos. But if you have a plant cutting you like to root, please bring it along. 

-For your stem and cutting selection 5-20 stems will work. It depends on your vase. If your vases are smaller at the tope (i.e. bud vases), you will need fewer stems.

See you on Saturday! You can still join right here if you haven’t booked your spot yet.

See you in class!


P.S. If you prefer in-person learning, consider joining us next May 2023 for our Flower and Garden Retreat in Portugal! We only have a few spots left! Check out the details here.

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