Megan Buckley tells how a floristry night class led to her current role as manager of a flower shop
I first found my love for floristry when I started helping out for Valentine’s Day. My job was to wrap single red roses in the back room.
I was still a student in Ballincollig Community School and later went on to do a night class in floristry there. When I was doing my apprenticeship in floristry, I had to perfect the skills that I learned in the night class by working and learning with some of Cork’s master florists.
Since then, I have worked in the most beautiful flower shop, Cork Flower Studio, the very place where I started wrapping roses on Valentine’s Day. The flower shop that saw my potential from the beginning is also the flower shop that has made me an exceptional florist. I have worked my way up the ranks and I am now the Manager of Cork Flower Studio!
And, today, I am back in Ballincollig Community School, tutoring the night class that got me started! This is my second year tutoring there - I love teaching my skills and demonstrating in front of groups.
Floral arrangements from the Floristry class at Ballincollig Community School
A number of our NACED schools also run Floral Art and Flower Arranging courses for adults.