Florists design and create beautiful flower arrangements for a whole host of occasions such as weddings, birthdays and baby showers. The size and scale of the arrangement will vary – someone may want to purchase a single bunch of flowers to present to their partner on their birthday, or they might want to order enough flowers to fill a whole room for an upcoming baby shower. Either way, most people order flowers to spark joy in others, or to offer comfort – which makes the sentiment behind them pretty important.
Some florists work from standard pre-formatted arrangement layouts whilst others become true artists – exploring their own floral designs and producing original creations. Those who get really into floral design, may also create elaborate displays or floral art pieces for competitions or exhibitions.
Whilst florists spend a long time designing and creating, they are also responsible for looking after the plants and flowers within their care. This means that they must know about different species of foliage, flowers, grass and herbs and how to care for them – once they are cut in preparation for arrangement, their care becomes even more important as they now have a shelf life.
Typical daily tasks for a florist include:
- Choosing and ordering flowers for arrangements
- Designing and creating wreaths, bouquets and flower arrangements
- Taking customers’ flower orders and making sure that each arrangement is completed by the specified time
- Helping customers choose different flower based products and teaching them how to care for their flowers
- Putting together floral displays at events
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