Local floristry school growing
FLORISTRY student Emma Ferrari's favourite flower is a baby-pink rose.
Her teacher Joanne Groombridge isn't quite as specific when asked the same question.
In fact her reply is typical of her 30 years experience in the industry: she likes just about everything.
"I love lilies, roses - I just love flowers," Ms Groombridge said.
"I don't think there's a flower I don't like, and to be surrounded by them all day is great. It's beautiful."
Ms Groombridge bought the Floristry School of Australia last year from a woman who was "looking for the right person to grow it".
She is a self-confessed "Pom" and teaches classes at South Tweed Sports each Thursday.
"I did a course as a refresher after coming to Australia, because some of the styles and flowers - such as natives - are very different. Teaching is not a problem for me though, so since taking over I've opened this class and one in Springwood."
The school, which can either offer a very practical, career-oriented or recreational experience, is based in Southport.
Ms Groombridge said she had already seen some very successful outcomes among her students.
An example of the school's quality is the fact Lorraine Harrel, a florist trained by its previous owner, won Australian Wedding Florist of the Year.
"It's not an expensive pursuit, and some concentrate on wedding flowers, while others on all sorts of things," Ms Groombridge said.
Visit floristryschoolofaustralia.com.au or phone 07 5591 6001 for more information.