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Career & Technical School News

Floral students plant the seeds of learning for Mother's Day

Design skills are blooming at Albany CTE

Students make a wreath

Mother's Day is a major holiday for florists across the country and it is no different for students learning the art of floral design at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE).

With a staff of a dozen students, the floral program operates Bloomers Flower Shop — a retail operation in building F on the CTE campus located at 1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road in Albany.

By preparing 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.

"We are very busy. It's good because it gives the students a taste of real life," said teacher Margaret Bugler.

Student-designed arrangements include:

  • Tradition Deluxe: A long and low arrangement with 2 candles, spring flowers and ornaments $26.50
  • Tea cup: Filled with pink spray rose flowers. Very pretty — $20
  • The Tulip Bowl Deluxe: The same as the Tulip Bowl with an additional vase of tulips in the center $28
  • Spring Flower Pot: A pastel Flower pot with pastel spring flowers $15
  • Mother’s Day Vase: Beautiful flowers in shades of pink with 2 Roses $20
  • Hydrangea Cube: Hydrangeas in a cube with tulips popping up for color — $20

Special orders can be filled on request.

To make an order, call Bloomers at 862-4780.

In the top photo, Chrissy Fredrickson of Mohonasen and Ally Belkevich of Shenendehowa organize flowers for a wreath.


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