Once you’ve learned the basics, you’ll need to practice your new skills. To get started:
— Find out if there are local farmers in your area that you can buy flowers from. Search here:
Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers
Floret Farmer-Florist Collective
— Visit a wholesale flower market near you and/or your local farmers market. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, find out what flowers cost, and buy your favorites! (Note: some wholesale markets require purchasers to have a federal tax ID and/or resale certificate.)
— Buy the tools you’ll need. (See our resource guide for where to buy, etc.) A few items you might want:
A pair of clippers & a floral knife
— Schedule your practice sessions. Put them on the calendar, and plan out what flowers you’d like to buy. Use the flowers you purchase to make as many practice arrangements as you can.
— Set a goal for each time you practice. What skills are you trying to master? Here’s a short list to begin with:
— Hand-tied bouquets
— Garden-style bouquets
— Wearables (boutonnières, corsages, etc.)
— Vase arrangements
— To save money and get the most of your flower purchase, start with taller arrangements and bouquets. Then recut the stems and practice making smaller items.
— Experiment with different styles of floral design! There’s always something new you can learn.
— Don’t forget to photograph your beautiful work!