I hear that all the time! "Someday, when I retire, I want to work in a flower shop and be a floral designer". Well, you won't hear anything bad come from me because I love my career and my heart goes out to anyone who does not truly love what they do for a living.
That being said, right now we are have two floral design interns at the shop. Both are learning the art of floral design for different, personal reasons but both appear to be learning because of their love of the flowers. I hope they continue to feel that way as their journey of the industry progresses.
Our internship is a 4 week program that runs one day per week for 4 weeks. Each week covers the basics: how to prep flowers, correct greening, creative floral insertion and touches on aspects of being a designer, from a business point of view. I'm very excited to be hosting these interns because I feel that it's a vital part of keeping interest in our industry. Going to college for Floral Design is time consuming and expensive. Nothing replaces hands on experience and with the economy right now, very few shops are hiring. This is our chance to train people really dedicated to learning!
We'll report back to fill you in on their progress but so far our experience has been a favorable one. I'm sure more interns to follow! Who knows, we just might find some talented new floral designers to work in the shop!