More than 50 pre-orders and a steady stream of walk-in orders kept students in the Capital Region BOCES floral design program hopping and practicing skills on Valentine's Day.
Throughout the process of filling orders, the students learned and practiced the skills necessary to create various rose and carnation arrangements, special orders and assorted combinations of stuffed animals, chocolates and flowers.
"By preparing the orders for BOCES employees, students and the public, the students learn what it takes to be a florist and how budding business opportunities can be — especially at this time of year," said Teacher Margaret Bugler.
"It's a really hectic time of year, but seeing so many people happy and in love is really satisfying, "senior Chrissy Fredrickson from the Mohonasen Central School District said. "This is what I love to do. It makes me happy."
Students in the Capital Region BOCES floral program prepare for careers in the floral industry or further education in a two-year or four-year floral or horticulture program. Upon graduation, they are ready to pursue careers as a floral designer, flower shop owner, flower shop manager, retail/wholesale floral supplier or a botanical illustrator.
"This class (floral) has really inspired me to get out there and work in this field," said Fredrickson.
Katie Martin, a fellow floral student from the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District, said the program has truly helped her.
"It's great to learn in a hands-on environment because it helps you to know what you want to do for the rest of your life," she said.
Bugler said Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for florists and her program, but Christmas remains the busiest.
"What makes Valentine's Day difficult is there is a lot of impulse buying, last minute purchases," she said. "But that is something the students need to know how to handle if they want to be successful."
In the top photo, student Rachel Jahoda of Niskayuna prepares a rose arrangement.
In the middle photo, student Kendra McFarland of RCS waits on customer Danielle Acevado.
the bottom photo, student Katie Martin of BHBL shows visiting
student Anastasia Brazell of
Berne-Knox-Westerlo how to make an arrangement.