As some of you may know, for a few months now, I’ve been working part-time at a local flower shop called A Date With Iris. It’s a great little shop that I’ve admired for sometime now. They have quietly been being quirky, creative, and ahead of the trends for the past decade. I’ve always had an interest in learning more about floral design because I love the beauty of flowers so much, and it’s just like learning another art form for me. I was delighted when I saw a Facebook post for the rare chance to work for this small local business. I hesitated for a second because I was almost 6 months pregnant, then I thought, “What the heck! All they can do is not hire me.” Well lo’ and behold, I got hired. It was approaching their busy season of Valentine’s, weddings, Easter, and of course Mother’s Day, so I jumped right in.
Almost 4 months later, this week is my last week (for now). I thought I’d share the ins and outs of my time at A Date With Iris.
I’ve gradually learned the art of floral arranging. I’m still extremely ‘green’ but I’ve learned the basic techniques. I’d say I’m half way decent at vase arranging and making progress on hand wraps (arranging in your hand while doing all the work with your other hand…awkward!). That’s about where my knowledge stops. Floral arranging can be surprisingly technical…bridal bouquets, casket sprays, wreaths, etc, etc. Here’s a few of my earlier examples…I forget to document my arrangements because they are out the door so quickly!
Another thing that amazes me is the flower knowledge these ladies have! I literally meet a new flower every time I work! The list of fabulous flowers goes on and on…ranunculus, anemones, fritillaria, clematis, lupine, pincushions, billy balls! Love them all.
What makes this shop so cool is unique arrangements topped off with really eclectic merchandise and displays. I love the natural items from rocks to bird’s nests to butterflies. The seasonal products are always really fun. We have a ton of vintage, kitsch Easter items that people seem very endeared by. Also, they’ve got lovely cards and paper products to accompany any flower occasion. The shop kind of has a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ feel, which I love because it feels like there is much to discover.
It has been a pleasure to learn and grow. I’m so glad that I at least attempted to learn floral design and hope my experiences and knowledge will only continue to grow. For now, I’m just gonna go play in my garden and keep trying my hand at this lovely art form.