Student Stories

Florist – Queen of the Meadow

Kirsten Tanner

Which course did you study at Tallulah Rose Flower School?

Four week Career Change Course in February 2019.

What did you enjoy most about the course?

Meeting likeminded people and making new friends. I speak daily with my class mates and have done so since the course end. The teaching was of course brilliant too!

What was the most important thing that you learnt?

To be yourself and create flowers that you enjoy. Everyone has their own unique style which will develop the more you work with flowers.

What was your first big break or most memorable moments so far?

My most memorable moment so far has been my first wedding. The run up to the wedding was very nerve racking but delivering the bouquet to the bride was an amazing feeling.

What are you doing now?

Currently I am in lockdown but I am still working when I can. I have had a steady order of flowers so I still get to play with them and make things. I have also been adding to my library of photographs and trying to master Pinterest for business, which is an ongoing battle….

Describe a typical floristry day…

I collect flowers from my local grower as much as possible so I would probably visit her, have a catch up and then be on my way. I am very lucky as she does a great job conditioning the flowers for me which saves loads of time. If I had an order to create then I would make this, and then try and take as many photographs of my work as possible. I grow a small amount of flowers at home so I spend a lot of time pottering around the garden and looking after my plants.

What’s been your highlight to date?

Last year I helped out at the Strawberry Hill Flower festival which was a dream come true. The festival was held near to where I am from so it was lovely to go “home” and see the building transformed. I met some really amazing florists and was able to see how they created foam free installations using only British flowers. I was in awe of everyone!

What advice would you give to a new student starting out?

Make friends with other people in the flower community. It really helps to talk to fellow florists as it can get a little lonely working on your own! I have also learnt to only work with flowers that I like. Don’t use flowers that you don’t like in your work as you will never like the end product!

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