Here at Easton & Otley College, we like to encourage the entrepreneurial ambitions of our students. Our floristry courses, in particular, seem to be popular with people who want to start their own business.
Discover the floral delights of our cutting garden and floristry rooms We’ll help you develop your plant knowledge and design skills. We’ll prepare you for the hard work of caring for flowers – and, more importantly, customers.
Recent success stories include Katherine Hadingham who now runs Fig & Roses in Harleston, Anna Pickford who owns Ragged Robin Florist in Wymondham, and Nathalie Marshall who runs Flowers at the Forge in Horstead.
If you share their dream of running your own flower shop – or want to specialise in some other aspect of the fast-growing floristry sector, look at our courses. These cover much more than just flower arranging, although that is certainly one aspect. We’ll encourage you to develop both your creative and your management skills, including choosing and caring for stock. Whether creating displays for weddings or funerals, you will need to build a rapport with your customers. You will help them choose the colours, shapes and textures of the plants for their event. You will also need to ensure all the flowers arrive on time and are cut and cared for so they last.
Learning at Easton & Otley is a particular pleasure if you love plants and flowers. We have beautiful grounds with formal gardens and a dedicated cutting garden (maintained by our Horticultural students). You will also use our fully equipped, purpose built cutting room to prepare your designs. However, we know many people need a more flexible approach to learning. That’s why we offer a range of short courses, including one-day workshops, and 4-week workshops. We also offer workshops with seasonal themes; the ones specialising in creating stunning arrangements for weddings are particularly popular.