Our school used to have some students who joined to learn dried flower designs or silk flower arrangements because we actively made advertising and marketing activities for such classes. However at the moment, we almost have no students mainly because we are no longer active in promotion of such programs.
The reason behind this situation is that the majority of prospective students showed interest in fresh flower arrangements rather than dried or silk flower designs. According to most students, the term of “floral arrangement” or “flower design” reminds them of FRESH FLOWER ARRANGEMENT and fake flower arrangement is not a primary image in their mind.
Another reason is that many students want to learn fresh flower arrangement so that they can be a floral shop owner or want to work at a florist. Even if they have no imminent plan to open their own floral shop, they would like to earn practical skills in preparation for the future purpose when they can afford to start such floral business.
Quite frankly speaking, handling and selling fresh flowers which are “PERISHABLE GOODS” requires hard working. From the standpoint of teaching fresh flower arrangement, it is not so easy to handle perishable items. Compared to fresh flowers, it looks like the handling or storing silk flowers is much easier. Take preservation work for instance, silk flowers do not need any preservative and fresh water.
When it comes to temperature control of the room for keeping flowers, silk flowers do not need such strict control as fresh flowers. Furthermore silk flowers can be repeatedly used unlike fresh cut flowers that have a small period of life. Besides being easy in handling, silk flowers look more economical and viewing from cost effectiveness, silk flower business may have a higher demand than selling fresh flowers.
However most of primary flower decorations displayed at a first class hotel and wedding hall are fresh flowers AND we seldom find silk flowers displayed in such places. This is only because the quality of arrangements and classy visual advantage.
The bottom line is if you would like to make a classy and refined flower arrangements or plan to engage in floral business such as running your own floral shop or work as a florist, it MAY be a wise idea to learn fresh flower arrangements rather than silk flower or dried flower decorations. The ideal way is to learn both fresh flower and artificial floral designs as far as your financial situation allows.
California Flower Art Academy has been engaged in teaching various types of floral decorations from European arrangements to Japanese Ikebana, beginner to professional level AND wedding to funeral decorations since 1990 in the San Francisco Bay Area (Peninsula: Burlingame, San Mateo County) and Silicon Valley (San Jose, Santa Clara County) as a floral school certified by Flower Decorators Association (Tokyo Japan). You can make a choice of your most favorite course among a WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMS we offer. You can start from Introductory Trial Budget Program for less than $100. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org