While a high school degree is often the only education requirement for a floral designer, formal training can be very helpful. Floral design school classes train you how to trim flowers and arrange bouquets, sprays, wreaths, fish gardens, and terrariums. Floral design schools also provide training on how to cut and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage into designs, according to the customer’s order.
Floral designers usually work from a written order indicating the occasion, customer preference for color and type of flower, price, the time at which the floral arrangement or plant is to be ready, and the place to which it is to be delivered. The variety of duties performed by floral designers depends on the size of the shop and the number of designers employed. In a small operation, floral designers may own their shops and do almost everything, from growing and purchasing flowers to keeping financial records.