The art of floristry takes years to master, but it’s built on a strong set of fundamentals.
No one knows this better than Xavier Ho, who traded the pencil for the pruner when he switched from a Bachelor of Education to a Certificate IV in Floristry at TAFE NSW.
“When I finished my university degree, I decided it wasn’t a path I was ready for,” Xavier says.
“I wanted to explore other options, so I decided to do floristry. After switching, I found TAFE NSW to be a lot more flexible.
“Floristry was more of a creative outlet for me — I learned not only how to be a florist but also elements of design, more complex methods and how to run a business.”
Xavier, who won the NSW Designz Cup in 2017 and was named Student of the Year for the TAFE NSW Ultimo campus in 2018, is a self-described flower nerd. Trading under the name A Real Flower Boy, he changes the world “one petal at a time” with everything from table arrangements to cake details.
We were lucky enough to meet with Xavier to find out what goes into the perfect wedding bouquet, from picking the freshest flowers to balancing colour.
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