Some florists engage in running a floral shop without having any official educational background relating to floral arrangements or flower designs. It is generally said that as far as they have a business license and resale license (seller’s permit), they can run a floral shop. Being such situation, some people who have a good business sense or business experience are doing a floral business without reasonable floral design skills, which is no problem.
However once they would like to offer value added services such as wedding or funeral floral decorating services or corporate flower arranging that require a higher level of knowledge, it is mandatory to earn a decent skills of floral decorations.
In order to earn good skills, the best and most practical way is joining a floral school where they take flower arrangement lessons. (As far as they sell fresh cut flowers at a shop without offering event floral decoration services, it is not very important to have a high level of flower arranging skills). Taking floral design lessons definitely helps earn and enhance their skill which will expand the portfolio of their floral decorations.
From person to person, the focusing point is different. If they would like to strengthen the skill of wedding decorations, they had better concentrate on wedding arrangements. If they think they are lacking fundamental skills that makes it difficult to further develop their techniques, they should start from scratch by joining entry level of program such as Introductory Program or Elementary Course/Beginner Course.
Once they join a floral design school, they MAY be able to exchange information, experiences or skills with students each other. Or they MAY be able to get valuable information from instructors who must have plenty of experiences in floral decorations. Instructors MAY help students not only as a teacher but also as a kind of consultant. Students can exchange various information with students and instructors as well, which definitely helps them get some hints, advices and suggestions about floral designing to improve their job.
If you are not engaged in floral business and you are interested only in floral arrangement as a hobby just for fun, you MAY have another kind of reason for joining a floral school. Every time holiday season comes, you would like to make flower arrangements for decorating your home. Quite unfortunately you cannot make it satisfactory to you due to lack of skills. And you MAY think you should have earned a decent floral design skill so you can design and make floral decoration satisfactory to you. If you are in this kind of situation, it is highly recommended to join a floral school where you can earn skills PLUS establish good relationship with other students or instructors who MAY help you improve your skills or teach you the way you can enhance your floral arranging ability. You can at least enjoy the relationship with people who have the same hobby of flower arrangements.
California Flower Art Academy has been teaching a variety of floral designs from European arrangement to Japanese Ikebana, wedding to funeral decorations AND beginner to professional levels. Among a WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMS, students can make a choice of their most favorite course well considering their private schedule, goal and budget for learning floral designs. California Flower Art Academy has been teaching local residents in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Mateo County) and Silicon Valley (San Jose) since 1990 as a floral school certified by Flower Decorators Association (Tokyo Japan). You can start from Introductory Program for less than $100. Fore more information, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org