Want To Learn Floral Design?
If you want to learn floral design, you are part of a growing number of people out there who do as well.
Whether you’re contemplating a career change or maybe just looking to earn a little extra money on the side, getting an accredited floral design certification may be the perfect option.
Despite many changes happening in the floral industry today, there are still plenty of new and creative opportunities for skilled floral designers in today’s marketplace.
Why Learning Floral Design Might Be Right For You
With the retail floral industry in the United States now selling over 15 billion dollars worth of flowers each year, the demand for creative, well-trained floral designers has never been greater. And the floral industry is stepping up to meet the challenge.
Many people recognize that floral design is another valuable skill that will add value to their life and career and provides an opportunity because
- There will always be a demand for highly-skilled floral designers for life cycle events such as funerals, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.
- Acquiring advanced floral design skills will make them a valuable asset to any progressive flower shop, and provide them with an additional skill set in a shifting economy.
- They recognize that they can own their own floral design business with floral designing skills. These businesses are ideally suited to be regular retail businesses or home-based “lifestyle” businesses.
The latter appeals to those who may wish to hold their current job, deal with family responsibilities, yet still allow them to exercise their floral design talents and supplement their income.
You can see what kind of job opportunities are available for floral designers by visiting any of the major online job sites.
How Do I Find A Floral Design Curriculum That Fits My Needs?
The answer will vary depending on your level of commitment. Some people want to take a few classes to learn how to make a floral arrangement for personal enrichment, while someone else’s goal may be to open their own floral business.
With the wide variety of options out there, there’s not a “one size fits all” approach.
While most people start with watching a few how-to video tutorials on creating flower arrangements, I strongly suggest enrolling in classes that provide you with some actual hands-on experience learning the basic principles and floral design techniques.
In my experience, there is no substitute for supervised, hands-on training. It’s the way I learned, and I still believe it’s the right way to begin.
Over the years, I’ve bailed out more than a few people who watched a how-to video on Youtube and quickly discovered that floral design is sometimes easier seen than done.
Where Do I To Find A Reputable Floral Design School?
It’s unnecessary to have a degree or complete a certificate program to be hired as an entry-level floral designer. But, if you are seriously interested in pursuing a career in floral design, it would be worth your while to complete a certification program or obtain a degree in an undergraduate program.
There are many private floral design schools and local community or technical colleges that offer certification and associate degrees in floral design. Most provide online and distance learning options.
If you want to be recognized as one of the best, becoming an accredited member of AIFD® is considered the floral industry’s pinnacle of success for a floral designer.
For the most part, you can easily find the resources and information I mentioned with a quick online search. From private floral design schools, both online and offline, to community and technical colleges, you’ll discover many different options available from which you can choose.
It’s not uncommon for a local floral shop to host floral design classes. where you can learn the basics of flower arranging as well.
Continuing Education – Developing Your Skills And Style
Like other working professionals looking to advance their careers, floral designers need to enhance their skill level continually.
Most of this has traditionally been taught in-person via industry seminars, workshops, training sessions, and floral design programs, from basic floral design techniques to advanced wedding bouquet design techniques.
Today, video and live-stream training have become an alternative way to continually stay up-to-date with the latest design techniques, products, and flower varieties. Classes are presented in much the same way as online fitness classes.
While I would agree that video works well for teaching advanced design techniques, I think it needs the support of a solid online community to be effective as the primary method of teaching basic floral design.
In my experience, getting started is when newbie floral designers need help the most. That brings me to the purpose of this site.
This Site And Its Purpose
Education is part of the reason this site exists – to share the knowledge, skills, and talent of some of the floral industry’s best floral designers and teachers with my visitors.
With that said, allow me to introduce myself. I happen to be the owner of this website, Greg Johnson. I am a local florist and have been in the floral industry for more than 40 years.
Sharing the floral design tutorials found here with others who share my passion for flowers is the main reason I created this website.
But it didn’t start that way. The creation of this site began as a “lazy man’s way” to keep my staff up to date.
You see, I’m always running across excellent floral design tutorials, and creating a private website where I could share them with my staff was what my original plan was.
Like other working professionals, floral designers must continually enhance their skill level through industry seminars, workshops, and training sessions, either in-person or online. And I felt the content I curated here would be helpful for my staff.
But I’m also a shameless opportunist.
As much as I love curating helpful content like this, I also saw an opportunity to earn sponsorship revenues and commissions, so I decided to open this site to the public.
Hopefully, you see the reasoning behind my decision.
As you’ve probably gathered, I’m not one to pull punches. Still, it’s not my intention to sell you anything. If my sponsors happen to entice you with their offers, that’d be great!
But if you’re not interested, that’s fine. It won’t hurt my feelings. I appreciate you stopping by and checking the site out.
So that’s why FlowersFloralFlorist exists. It’s a site for those who care about the art, the beauty, and the business of flowers.
Sound good? Great! It’d be awesome to see you back here again soon.
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I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee, with more than 40 years of experience in the floral, wedding, and event business.