Never. Stop. Learning. A great piece of advice from my Mother after I finished my final year of schooling. It has resonated with me ever since. After I became involved in the Flower industry, it got me thinking about how we learn and share knowledge. How does the next generation learn the ropes?
Let’s be honest, it is a classic example of a highly fragmented industry. Lots of small businesses doing things independently from each other in the best way they know. Some are professionally trained, others have learn’t on the job. I initially thought this is a hard environment to share knowledge efficiently. However, once you start digging deeper, we have a plethora of learning opportunities available to us all.
We have identified some of the key resources available to learn more about our industry and up-skill yourself or your staff.
- Workshops and more!
Floristry and Horticulture Schools
Floristry schools provide the critical hands on and theoretical learning for florists. From the basics to the advanced stages , the course duration and accreditation can vary. Do your homework on what works for you.
Academy of Floral Art – Wisemans Ferry
02 9653 9651 || email@example.com
Adelaide Floristry School
0424 027 442 || firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Academy of Wedding & Event Planning
1300 854 200 || email@example.com
Bloom College – Melbourne and regional
firstname.lastname@example.org || email@example.com
Floral Art School of Australia and International Floral Design School
03 8555 9774 || firstname.lastname@example.org
Flower Design School
Iris Pich 0422 581 540 || email@example.com
Flowers to Impress
Toowoomba (Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns and Canberra)
07 4638 2727 || firstname.lastname@example.org
Gold Coast Floristry & Retail Management
Helensvale, Gold Coast
0419022619 || email@example.com
www.holmesglen.edu.au || 1300 639 888 || firstname.lastname@example.org
International Career Institute
1300 131 582
Marjorie Milner College
03 9880 7257 || email@example.com
Matthew Landers Academy
Perth & Adelaide
(08) 9355 5369 || firstname.lastname@example.org
Pearsons School of Floristry
02 9550 7755 || school@pearsonsfl orist.com.au
Sydney Flower School
Sydney Markets, NSW
0403 565 361 || email@example.com
The Flower School
07 3868 2939 || firstname.lastname@example.org
03 9269 8400 || email@example.com
This is a great place to start when considering both floristry AND horticultural training. If you are an aspiring grower, a TAFE course is certainly worth considering.
TAFE NSW – Floristry and Horticulture
www.tafensw.edu.au || 131 601
TAFE NSW offers a Diploma of Floristry Design course and a Certificate IV, III and II.
Locations: Padstow, Ryde, Ultimo, Granville, Richmond, Kurri Kurri, Campbelltown & Hornsby
Great horticulture courses are also offered;
Locations: Online, Goulburn, Kingscliff, Leeton, Moss Vale, Mudgee, Nowra, Taree, Padstow, Trenayr, Wauchope, Wollongbar, Yallah, Yass, Kempsey, Kurri Kurri, Moruya, Ourimbah, Richmond & Ryde
TAFE QLD – Floristry and Horticulture
www.tafeqld.edu.au || 1300 308 233
TAFE QLD offers Certificate III and introductory and intermediate floristry
Locations: Southport, South Bank
Horticulture courses are also offered;
Locations: Ashmore, Bohle, Bowen, Cairns, Charleville, Dalby, Grovely, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Loganlea, Mooloolaba, Mt Gravatt, Nambour, Roma, Toowoomba, Warwick & Whitsundays
TAFE SA – Floristry and Horticulture
www.tafesa.edu.au || tel:1800 882 661
Study from a wide range of Floristry courses and earn a Certificate, diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification in Arts & Design at TAFE SA.
Locations: Adelaide City Campus study a wide range of Horticulture courses and earn a Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification in Primary
Industry & Science at TAFE SA.
Location: Urrbrae Campus
TAFE ACT – Canberra Institute of Technology
Floristry and Horticulture
www.cit.edu.au || 02 6207 3188
Certificate III in Floristry, Offered at CIT, Bruce, ACT
CIT’s horticultural courses are ideal for anyone with a passion for plants or flowers. firstname.lastname@example.org
TAFE VIC – Floristry and Horticulture
131 823 – email@example.com
Floristry and Horticulture
www.southmetrotafe.wa.edu.au || 1800 001 001
TAFE WA offers offers a Diploma of Floristry Design course and a Certificate IV, III and II
Locations: Murdoch campus
Various horticulture courses are offered
Locations: Murdoch & Mandurah campus
TasTAFE Tasmania – Horticulture
www.tastafe.tas.edu.au 1300 655 307
Study a range of Horticulture courses at TasTAFE
Locations: Clarence, Alanvale & Burnie Campus
Stop and smell the…. (while you’re there, learn from the experts). Some of our faves
Consortium Botanicus – mixed flowers
FARM & CO – Sunflowers
Lavandula – Lavender
The Big Bouquet – Gerberas
Tropical Blooms – Tropical flowers & foliage
Podcasts, webinars and Youtube!
A plethora of info about growing and selling flowers is freely available on the web. If you are out in the field or heading to an early morning market trip… podcasts are a great way to pass the time.
Check out some of these podcasts as a sample.
The Flower Podcast – www.theflowerpodcast.com
The Flowerlounge – www.lotuswei.com/pages/podcast
The Flower Pros Podcast – www.flowerpros.libsyn.com
Botanical Brouhaha – www.botanicalbrouhaha.com/botanical-podcast
Sustainable flowers podcast: www.sustainableflowerspodcast.libsyn.com/
With such a variety of online courses, webinars and workshops… and more popping up all the time, do a search on your favourite topic. Here are a few examples we found:
Floral Workshops – HD video www.tulipina.com/workshops
Floriology – www.floriologyinstitute.com/freewebinars/
Floral Strategies – www.floralstrategies.com/webinars.html
Zimmerman Events – www.zimmermanevents.com/the-resource-hub
Soils for Life – www.soilsforlife.org.au/media/blog/webinars
Horticulture – www.horticulture.ucdavis.edu/event/horticulturedevelopment-webinars
Ever considered a business coach?
Having an advisor who understands the flower industry and good business practice can mean the difference between just surviving and potentially thriving. Using a business coach is a very personal choice, but often one that garners positive results. Initial consults and discussions to work out a good match for you is an important first step. Here is a start:
Little Bird Bloom – florist coaching www.littlebirdbloom.com.au
Farm Business Coaching – www.farmbusinesscoaching.com.au
Ag Advisory and Coaching – www.abdi.com.au/agricultural-advisory-and-coaching
If you have any more resources to add – send them through to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will update this post.