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Florists prepare floral arrangements such as bouquets, sprays, wreaths and vases of flowers. They also organise the storage, sale and delivery of floral arrangements.

Duties & Tasks
Florists may perform the following tasks:
  • design appropriate floral arrangements based on discussions with clients about their requirements, taking into consideration the type of occasion and budget
  • select flowers and greenery, taking into account their expected lifespans, and trim flowers to a suitable length, strengthening them with wire if necessary
  • arrange flowers and greenery in vases, or secure them to a wire or plastic base, and finish the arrangement with ribbons or other trimmings
  • ensure flowers remain in good condition by taking into account the temperature, watering requirements and storage needs
  • arrange local delivery of flowers, and relay interstate and overseas orders
  • arrange dried, paper, silk or latex flowers and fruits, and other materials
  • decorate churches and other venues for weddings and other special occasions
  • rotate inventory and manage stock for in-store displays, pre-orders and daily sales
  • take part in management and administration, such as working out costs and pricing of floral arrangements, maintaining financial records and supervising staff.
  • Working conditions
    Florists may need to attend flower markets early in the morning. They have a high level of contact with the public.
    Personal requirements
  • enjoy artistic and creative activities
  • a good sense of colour, texture and design
  • an appreciation of different varieties of flowers
  • good communication skills
  • sound business skills (if interested in operating a business)
  • an appreciation of the importance of discretion and confidentiality.
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