Suitable for all levels including beginners
The Career Course 10am-4pm
This course (run over ten sessions) will allow frustrated florists to fulfil their floral dreams! You will be completely ready to go out into the world of flowers after you finish…my approach is hugely inclusive and supportive- I will be with you all the way-and beyond.
14th, 15th, 22nd, 29th September, 6th, 13th, 20th October, 3rd, 10th, 17th November 2023 (already started)
7th, 8th, 9th, 15th, 22nd, 28th March, 19th, 26th April, 3rd, 10th May 2024 ( 1 SPACE)
27th, 28th, 29th September, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st October, 8th, 9th November 2024 (SPACES)
- Each session we will cover a different aspect of floral design, looking at the theory behind the designs and then creating them to take home.
- The emphasis will be on covering a wide variety of designs that any working florist would be expected to know.
- There is a whole session dedicated to the business of floristry too….you will have all the know how to start your own business after the course.
- There is ongoing mentoring and support once you finish too.
- The course is structured to allow the greatest opportunity for practice and study in between sessions
- We generally start with three intensive days together and then change to once every week or two for seven further sessions
- A ‘Secret’ What’s App group is set up for each course so there is ample opportunity for contact with each other and the tutor between sessions. This remains open after the course finishes.
- The Sussex Flower School Forum (Facebook group -feel free to join now!) is available for work experience and job opportunities
- We are working towards being as Eco as possible but still use Bio foam to teach key design 1- the wreath. Eco mechanics will be discussed in detail for every design you learn so you will have a good working knowledge that can be topped up with many of the other foam free courses.
The course includes an accompanied trip to Covent Garden Flower Market (travel costs etc at own expense) The remaining 2023 date for this is 18th November.
On completion of the course you will receive a Certificate (valid for CPD), a downloadable badge for your website/social media, a new floristry career and friends for life!
The course includes all materials and refreshments, you just need to bring your lunch.
You also receive a toolbox with scissors, knife, rose stripper etc to get you started….
Suitable for all levels -don’t worry if you are a beginner. All the designs you create-you take home.
The total cost of the course is £2000. This includes everything..all your flowers, mechanics etc. We are happy to accept deposits of £500 to secure your place. If you need to change dates you can transfer the payment to the next floristry Career Course or an alternative course. We can create a payment plan to suit you.
If you would like to chat to any of the past students do just let us know and we will put you in touch…feel free to join The Sussex Flower School Forum (Facebook group) too to see what everyone is up to and see how many job opportunities we can offer…
We are happy to teach the course One to One on dates to suit you (1-1 rates apply)
- Flower Therapy is available monthly for £12 a session for regular support and help with techniques etc
- You will also EACH receive an hours’ mentoring with Georgia after the course finishes (to be taken with 12 months of your finish date) to help you plan your next steps or go over anything you need to.
- I do not disappear into a cloud of smoke I will be by your side FOREVER….as much or as little as you need me.
Practical designs covered include: wreaths, high table risers, hand tied bouquets, ‘long and low’ arrangements, coffin sprays, wedding bouquets, buttonholes and corsages, flower crowns, large urns and pedestals, bowl arrangements and meadow boxes..all the designs to get you going and able to create and many more as well. You will use almost every floristry medium that exists..from chicken wire and pin holders to Floral Fibre, Oshun pouches and moss. Our techniques are as Eco friendly as possible- always with a keen eye on flower longevity and practicality. Every session you will create at least one practical design and others will be demonstrated.
Theory topics covered include: wholesalers and the supply chain, conditioning and flower care, the business of floristry, social media, branding, how to set up a business, how to run a wedding, how to run a funeral, health and safety, contract flowers and so much more…you will be ready to launch your business by the end…
I teach using the Key Shapes system. You learn a ‘key shape’ each session eg sphere, Roman cross, triangle, the 3D triangle, the circle, the Greek cross and more. This system allows you to have the base line techniques for many other designs -even if you haven’t created them- as you also learn all the mechanics for ‘transference’ too. In other words, you create a key shape and this ,in reality, allows you to create at least three or four other designs too. This is a good thing! There are comprehensive handouts for every design.
I promise you will have a fabulous time and I will look after you! If you have any questions do please just E mail me Enquiries@thesussexflowerschool.co.uk
Below is the (very) brief outline of what is covered each session. There is in reality a LOT more!
Session 1- Supply chain, wholesalers, the ‘larder’, seasonal wreath (bio foam)
Session 2- Conditioning and flower care, basic botany, table risers (moss)
Session 3 – The business of floristry, sectional long and low (Floral Fibre)
Session 4- Retail floristry, Health and Safety, hand tied bouquets (tied)
Session 5- Funerals, coffin spray (moss) and demo of sheaf (tied)
Session 6- Weddings, hand tied wedding bouquets (tied)
Session 7- Elements and Principles of Design, the compote Spry inspired design ( chicken wire, demo of Oshun pouch and pin holders)
Session 8- Wiring -buttonholes, corsages and flower crowns (wired and tied)
Session 9- Event floristry, Contract floristry Freelancing, the pedestal arrangement
Session 10 -Consolidation ‘test’ (not pass or fail!) and meadow box (moss)
Please feel free to download a PDF of the Career Course Curriculum for your reference below:
“How do we adequately thank you for everything you have taught us: flowers and more. The best course I have ever done!” Lisa
“The course was filled with love, laughter, support and genuine encouragement. Each week we would learn different sections of floristry as well as be able to practice and each week one or a few of the girls would have woes and worries about their new business ventures and we’d all listen and support each other, giving advice and brain storming to try and sort any problem out” Jenna
“Just a wee note to say a HUGE thank you for such a wonderful couple of months on the Career Change Course. I have loved every minute of it and will miss my weekly dose of the TSFS medicine! You are a fantastic teacher and mentor and you offer such a unique and nourishing learning environment.” Emma
“Such a wonderful course, I’ve absolutely loved it! Each of the sessions were so well planned; the perfect mix of information, practical work and cake! Would 100% recommend”
“It really is a career changer, I feel like I have everything I need to get started as a florist now and very supported, I know there is a whole network of support from the others on the course as well as Georgia and the forum which is very reassuring”
“Completing the Career Course at The Sussex Flower School is the best training you can have to become a florist. Georgia is so knowledgeable and supportive and gives confidence that is life changing. Georgia’s commitment to anyone who attends her courses means you will have lifelong support. ” Julia
“I have just completed the course for a career change with the most wonderful Georgia. This has been the best experience of my life and not only inspirational but truly motivating, encouraging and enlightening. Anyone that is looking for a new direction and a future full of promise need look no further” Maranda
“Georgia’s commitment to enabling others to flourish and grow in the world of floristry provides a thoughtful and comprehensive curriculum that is interactive, immersive and rich. I felt I truly came alive as my creative talents blossomed in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment, creating the most wonderful arrangements, with the most exquisite, quality flowers. It changed my life!” Penny
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Suitable for all Levels
Suitable for everyone
Suitable for all levels including beginners