Love is in the air as Greenmount florists in training prepare for a beautiful Valentine’s Day

Date published: 14 February 2020

As these wonderful images show, floristry students at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Campus at Greenmount have been extremely busy preparing for the most romantic day of the year.

Rachel Herron, a Level 2 Floristy student at CAFRE’s Greenmount campus and who also works at Ivy Lane Florist in Antrim, pictured creating a beautiful bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day.

In the year when CAFRE celebrates its twentieth year teaching floristry, students on both the Level 2 and Level 3 Floristry Courses at the Antrim based college utilised their skills to construct not just hand-tied bouquets but also magnificent floral installations in the run-up to this year’s Valentine’s Day.

Lori Hartman, Floristry Programme Manager at Greenmount said: “There are two courses in floristry offered at Greenmount one at Level 2 and the other at Level 3. Both courses last for an academic year. Level 2 is essentially a foundation course in floristry while at Level 3 students get to become much more creative as well as developing business acumen to match their technical floristry skills. This is important as many of our students will go on to open their own floristry business.”

All floristry students spend at least one day per week on work placement at floristry shops across Northern Ireland where they practice their skills and develop commercial speed and customer service skills.

Lori Hartman added: “This work based practice gives the students a great insight into the floristry industry and informs them of the latest fashions and trends.”

Greenmount Campus will hold its annual open evening on April 1 and this offers a great opportunity for prospective students to come and meet the floristry teaching staff and students currently on the course.

Further details can be found on CAFRE’s website.

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