Jane Buet: Florist reveals the tricks of the trade

Started some demonstrations at a local garden centre and it turned out had a passion for public speaking.

Local college approached about taking some classes.

I’d initially started in the shop as the Saturday girl. Instead of selling bunched flowers I was really interested in the artistic side.

“It’s different every day. You’re meeting customers

“Because the flowers are fresh and individual, you might be making similar things but no two are ever the same.

“You need a certain personality, you need to be a good listener.

“It’s important to be honest with your customer and advise them appropriately. You can have to come to a compromise and having that depth of knowledge and experience helps with that.

“You have to present it in the right way.”

“You need to be sensitive at the right time and excited with the brides.”

“At one time the florist was more inclined to go to the wholesale market, although there is more online and delivery in the shops now.

“You can suffer from chilblains because the flowers have to be kept around two to five degrees so you’re working in a cold environment and your hands are going in and out of water handling stems.

“You are dealing with heavy water buckets that the flowers sit in so you’re lifting and carrying.

“You’re on your feet all day. A florist will rarely sit down.

“It generally used to be early mornings but online buying has changed that to some degree.”

“We do encourage the students to buy the flowers in person, to go out and build relationships with wholesalers.

Biggest provider of training in the west of Scotland and have been doing it for 25 years. One students travelled down from Aberdeen.

Floristry lecturer Jayne Buet has been crowned Floristry Tutor of the Year at this year’s British Florist Association Awards (BFA).

Jayne, a senior lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College, scooped the top accolade for her commitment to teaching practices.

With a career spanning 15 years, Jayne continues to share her passion and knowledge with students and is helping to shape and expand the floristry provision available at the College, which also received runner-up in the Training Provider of the Year category at the awards.

In 2018, Glasgow Clyde College introduced a City and Guilds Technical Qualification focusing on providing work experience for students and working with businesses involved in the industry.

The College has also implemented a full calendar of events for the new academic year, bringing the floristry community together through workshops and engaging with industry specialists to share their experiences and business acumen with students.

Jayne said: “Receiving this award in front of over 200 industry colleagues is definitely a highlight in my career.

“Competing is a great way to challenge yourself and learn new skills which is why myself and my colleagues encourage our students to compete at a national and local level to advance their experience and learning outwith a classroom environment.

“At Glasgow Clyde College, we are continually expanding our offering of floristry courses in line with national figures and trends, student applications, and the successes of our current courses.

“We are always looking at new and innovative ways of working with the industry, which is why we introduced workshops for the floristry community, and we are always seeing a positive impact on our students and staff.”

For more information on floristry courses available at Glasgow Clyde College, please visit .

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