Many florists are self-taught. Get started with our guides to cut flower care, floral design FAQ, and wedding floral design. Then:
— Learn from a book! Here are a few great ones:
Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers Erin Benzakein & Lynn Byczynski
The Flower Workshop Ariella Chezar
The Flower Recipe Book Alethea Harampolis & Jill Rizzo
— Watch YouTube videos, like these:
Wrist Corsages Flower Moxie
Garden Style Bridal Bouquets Mayesh/Christy Husley Simple Hand-tied Bouquets Mark Welford/Stephen Wicks
— Learn the names of flowers. If you don’t have a flower market near you, searching Sierra Flower Finder is a great way to get started. (Our Pinterest boards can help too!)
— Research how cut flowers behave in different conditions. Which ones hold up out of water? What flowers continue to grow after they’ve been cut? Start by learning about these crowd pleasers: roses, tulips, daffodils, ranunculus, peonies, and dahlias.
— Read a floral design blog. We love:
— Learn about the cut flower industry. Become an informed consumer, and learn how flowers are grown and sourced around the world. Start by reading these:
The Secrets Behind Your Flowers
Flower Confidential Amy Stewart
— Practice, practice, practice! Make sure to check out our suggestions for practicing your new skills later in this guide.