How did I get involved in the flower industry?
Well, quite a few years ago (28 years ago), I signed up for a program in high school where I could earn credits by working for a local business (this program allowed students to "test the employment waters" and investigate possible careers.
I chose to sign up to work in the local flower shop. I couldn't wait to learn how to make beautiful flower arrangements! And just my luck... It just so happened I was to start 3 days before Valentine's day. On my first day, I walked into a back room packed to the ceiling with hundreds and hundreds of roses. From that moment on, I was hooked on flowers and the flower business!
Since I loved flowers so much, I was encouraged by the owner to further my floral design career by getting my certificate of design. There was a much better chance of obtaining employment in the floral industry if I had a diploma proving my qualifications.
The fact that I was 18 and heading off to the big city of Toronto, Canada did not excite my parents, but I couldn't wait to get off the farm. Yup -- I'm a farm girl!
"Seneca college was my home for
a year. It offered a great floral
design course,and I would
recommend it to anybody
who wants a career
in the floral industry."
Seneca college was my home for a year. It offered a great floral design course, and I would recommend it to anybody who wants a career in the floral industry. There I learned everything I could imagine about flowers, and I honed my flower arrangement skills.
After graduation I joined the work force! I worked at various flower shops, and had some "interesting" bosses. I worked at the "mom and pop" flower store, the "absent owner" flower and gift store, and the "control freak" flower store. I learned how to make flower arrangements for every occasion as well as learning the everyday "ins and outs" of the flower business.
After many years of working for someone else, I thought it was time to put my knowledge work for myself... online.
Where else could I indulge my passion for flowers on a daily basis?