Student Stories

Florist – Rose and Ammi

Lydia Cwinski

Which course did you study at Tallulah Rose and when?
I did the career change course in September 2012, and the advanced skills course in October 2015.

What did you most enjoy about the course?
Can I say everything? Both courses were so inspiring and I felt encouraged that I could make a successful business as a florist.

What was your first big break?
At each stage of my business there have been opportunities that have felt like big breaks – such as my first wedding booking, and a few months after opening my shop I was asked to provide full event flowers for a prestigious Tennis event, and mostly recently I won Florist of the Year 2016 at the Scottish Wedding Awards.

Describe a typical floristry day?
There are so many aspects to running a floristry business that it’s difficult to pin down a typical day, it’s so varied which is what I love about it, from creating arrangements, buying, meeting with couples, paperwork, and lots of cleaning!

What’s been your highlight to date?
The highlights of my journey so far have been the opening day of my shop, and winning the wedding award, but also each time a customer walks away happy with their flowers.

What advice would you give to a new student starting out?
I think you really have to love this job as it is hard work, and I believe you need a true passion to make it work. So I would recommend that anyone considering a career in floristry to try a short course or do some work experience first just to be sure, although I didn’t do this!!!

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