If you love flowers and plants and have artistic and creative flair, floristry is the career for you!
Our award winning floristry department is recognised as one of the UK’s most successful and progressive providers of floristry education.
Our staff are highly qualified and have commercial backgrounds, are passionate about floristry and floral design and are committed to teaching their craft to the highest level. Although the department has been established for 50 years and we have an outstanding reputation for our training, we certainly don’t rest on our laurels! Our staff continue to train with reputable international designers such as Wally Klett and Gregor Lersch and we enjoy workshops with professionals such as customer service and sales guru Tim Huckabee from New York, founder and president of FloralStrategies.
Classes take place in our dedicated studios and are practical and creative in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. You’ll be encouraged to achieve and have fun at the same time! As part of your formal qualification you’ll also complete work experience so you’re fully prepared to join the industry.
Current job: Florist with Ian Lloyd Events
Previous courses: Level 1, 2 and 3 Diplomas in Floristry at Reaseheath
“I studied floristry at Reaseheath for three years and I now work for Ian Lloyd, who’s a former Reaseheath student too. Ian is an award winning florist and judge and we work at some amazing weddings and events.
“Since working for Ian I’ve won two gold medals and one silver at RHS Chelsea’s ‘Young Florist of the Year’ and when I was a student I represented Reaseheath at the WorldSkills UK national finals.
“I love the variation of floristry. No day is the same and there are endless techniques to use and refine. I’m constantly learning and I find that so exciting.”
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Why study Floristry at Reaseheath?
Our courses range from introductory level to in-depth, industry recognised courses up to City & Guilds Level 5 Master Diploma in Professional Floristry, so there’s no limit to your ambition.
You could compete in national competitions such as WorldSkills UK or be on a medal winning team at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park or RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
You’ll complete relevant work experience and, at college, produce designs for clients under supervision. You may also work in our local community, preparing displays for hospices, stately homes and flower festivals.
You’ll be introduced to the Strelitzia software management system, a widely used web-based programme which incorporates all aspects of running a floristry shop into one system.
You may have the privilege of working alongside inspirational top level florists. Some staff and students helped royal florist Shane Connelly to prepare a floral arch to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
You’ll enjoy behind the scenes visits to floristry shows and businesses, allowing you to fully understand what goes on in your industry.
Where could your career take you?
Almost all our full time students progress into employment, self-employment or further training. Some take the chance to travel and experience different countries and cultures, finding dream jobs in exotic and sun drenched locations such as the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and France.
There’s a wide variety of jobs on offer including:
- Floristry shop owner
- Wedding and party specialist
- Member of floral decorating team
- Regional manager
- Self employed freelance
- Workshop presenter / organiser
- Cruise ship florist
- Staff florist at prestigious hotel
- Studio assistant
- Sales and marketing representative
- Specialist grower
Your Reaseheath Experience
You’ll have plenty of opportunity to complete work placements, competitions and workshops alongside your studies, all while being supported by our dedicated staff.
Our students have competed in national competitions such as WorldSkills UK, the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is a great way to complement your studies at Reaseheath.
You will also be able to complete a work placement for additional experience – some of our students have even enjoyed work placements abroad!
We go on study trips to Holland, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, David Austin Roses, Country Baskets Wholesalers, Carol’s Garden and local growers.
Where you’ll be studying
You’ll learn your floral design skills in dedicated studios in our newly built Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology. You’ll be with like-minded students in a friendly, supportive atmosphere, and you’ll have access to all the materials and accessories you’d find in a professional florist’s shop.
You’ll also be encouraged to develop your creativity by foraging in the grounds of our beautiful campus, home to a spectacular range of flowers, foliage and natural art forms.
The nearby Feast café has a wide range of snacks and light meals, or you could choose to eat in our modern restaurant or picnic by our lake. Elsewhere on campus there’s a library, plenty of computer rooms, quiet study areas and our new indoor and outdoor sports facilities.
“I love collaborating with the floristry department at Reaseheath and I enjoy sharing my thoughts with students on sustainability and eco-friendly floristry. There’s a growing interest in more natural and sustainable floral design and British flowers are undergoing a renaissance, which is so exciting for the industry.”
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