- Class Time: Day
- Semester: Fall Semester
- Campus: Brooklyn Park
The Floral Design program covers all aspects of working in or operating a flower shop, from preparing arrangements and blooming plants following design trends to using the most up-to-date techniques to make flowers last longer. Students gain hands-on experience in classes that include basic fresh flower design, contemporary design, funeral and wedding design. Classes also explore entrepreneurship in the industry, customer service, care and handling of fresh cut flowers and foliages, and additional topics. Many successful flower shops in Minnesota are owned or managed by graduates of HTC's Floral Design program.
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Labs and Classrooms
The Floral Department at HTC has two separate workrooms that are exclusively used by floral students. The Floral Gallery is the on-campus flower shop that sells flowers to students, staff , and the general public. The Floral Gallery is open Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. during the school year. We are not open during summer semester or during school breaks. We are equipped with three separate floral coolers.
Textbook: The Art of Floral Design, by Norah T. Hunter
Students must buy their own tools. Required tools are available at the Campus Store. They include: floral knife, bunch cutter, wire cutter, floral shears, and ribbon scissors. Students should also bring a notebook and pen or pencil to class everyday.
Optional tools include: needle nose pliers, bolt and box cutter, and calculator.
Supplies for daily projects are provided in class. Many of the daily fresh floral arrangements are put in the cooler overnight.
An appreciation of flowers, creativity, and the desire to learn are essential to beginning training as a floral designer. A man or woman, young or old, who has creativity and the will to succeed, can train to become a florist. There are some personal qualities that are very important to make a successful florist that include the ability to work well with others, the desire to be part of a team, good communication skills, the ability to be a self-starter, willingness to take direction from others, and manual dexterity.
Training in the operations of a flower shop, along with the development of floral design skills, is a start to a career in the floral industry. Floral designers utilize many elements and principles to create floral arrangements. Understanding these elements and principles is essential to construct stunning creations in many styles using various techniques. Keeping abreast of industry trends and new products is of the utmost importance. Making flowers and plants last as long as possible requires knowledge about their proper care and handling. The ability to communicate with customers is important for the florist to help select the colors, variety of flower, and style of arrangements to fit their needs. The knowledge that a florist presents to a customer can raise customer satisfaction, creating return customers. Many shops like to hire HTC graduates. It provides them with the opportunity to have an individual who is already trained in floral design. This significantly decreases the amount of time business owners have to spend training employees. This, along with happy customers, ultimately leads to more profitable flower shops. Employment opportunities are good for well-trained individuals in many aspects of the industry.
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The program has active memberships with the Society of American Florists and Minnesota State Florist's Association.
Advisory Committee Members:
- Jackie Bockwitz - Forever Floral
- Tim Holt - Bachmans Florist
- Cindy Egan - Bachman's
- Sandy Schroeck AIFD, PFCI, CFD – Trend on Design and Len Busch Roses
- Dan Kotecki AIFD, CFD – Festivities
- Tammy Waalk – Lindskoog Florist
- Janice Swanson – Student/Alumni