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Interview with Rebecca Ambrosio

We sat down to interview Rebecca Ambrosio and very talented floral designer. Rebecca has been in the floral industry for over ten years, working in retail, wholesale and corporate environments. She has been very lucky to travel worldwide for her job, including South Africa, England, Germany, France, and Italy. 

What is the key to becoming a successful florist?

Floral Design is a great career choice for anyone who loves nature, plants, and flowers. Florists are responsible for creating beautiful bouquets, centerpieces, corsages, boutonnieres, wedding decorations, funeral arrangements, and much more. They also arrange flowers for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and other celebrations.

There are several ways to get into the field of floral design. If you want to start fresh, consider taking a course or enrolling in a college program. Consider looking into a vocational school or apprenticeship program. You can also find work through word-of-mouth referrals from friends and family members.

You will need to be able to create attractive displays using a variety of materials and techniques. Your creations should be unique and creative. You’ll need to know how to use different tools and equipment, including scissors, wire cutters, glue guns, and sewing machines.

You may also need to learn about various types of flowers, their characteristics, and which ones best suit certain occasions. For example, roses are traditionally associated with weddings, but peonies are often used at funerals.

If you like working outdoors, you might enjoy being a seasonal gardener or landscaper instead. This type of job requires that you tend to gardens throughout the year. Some gardeners specialize in one particular area, such as tropical plants or herbs. Others focus on lawn care.

If interested in this field, look for local schools offering floral design courses. Many universities and colleges offer programs in this field. In addition to learning about business, students can earn certificates or degrees in horticulture. 

Interview with Rebecca Ambrosio

When did you decide to be a florist?

I have always loved flowers and was very interested in their technical side, but when I started working at my current place of employment (a florist shop), I had yet to learn what I was doing! The owner taught me about floral design and how to create beautiful arrangements for weddings, funerals, and special occasions. It is such an amazing job that I can’t imagine not having one now.

How long have you been designing bouquets?

I have been designing bouquets since I was 16 years old. My mother would give me small bouquets, and I would make them bigger ones. I would also go out on the weekends and pick wildflowers or weeds from the fields around our house. I used to spend hours making bouquets from these little bunches of flowers.

What inspires your designs?

My inspiration comes from nature; I love looking at pictures of flowers and trees and trying to recreate those images in my work. The colors, shapes, and textures of flowers inspire me.

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring designers?

My biggest tip would be never to stop learning. You will learn something new every day. If you love what you do, you won’t ever get bored. Also, if you want to succeed in this industry, you need to surround yourself with people who share the same love for flowers. This way, you can bounce ideas off each other and help each other improve.

Have you worked with any charities before? What charity has caught your eye?

Yes, I have worked with many charities over the last few years. I enjoy helping others and giving back to the community. One charity that stands out is “The Children’s Hospital Foundation” because they provide free medical equipment for children. They also raise money for other hospitals across the U.S.A. Another great charity is “The American Cancer Society” because they support cancer research and treatment.

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What is the best part of being a floral designer?

I love seeing the finished bouquet come together. You can choose very different flowers, like peonies and carnations, and combine in ways that are complementary.

Seeing the flowers look so pretty and knowing I made them possible is incredible.

What’s your dream destination to visit?

I want to go to Australia. I watched so many documentaries about their wildlife and beauty. I would love to see some koalas up close too.

If you weren’t a florist, what career would you choose?

I would probably become a teacher. I love teaching, and I can teach anyone anything.

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