Behind-the-scenes adventure at the florist

The students with head florist Joan Morrison thought it was pretty cold in the flower cooler.

The Celebrations floral room was extra busy recently, filled with excited chatter and giggles from a group of young Cayman International School students.

Teacher Jody Danter and her pre-K 4 class along with teacher assistant Jynel Gladstone got an action-packed behind-the-scenes experience of what it’s like to work at a floral shop on their May 12 field trip.

Inside the cooler, Celebrations head florist Joan Morrison fielded questions from some of the girls that ranged from what the different kinds of flowers were and where they came from, to why some were in boxes and others in buckets.

The children got to choose their own flowers for their mini arrangements.
The children got to choose their own flowers for their mini arrangements.

“Between comments about how cold it was inside the cooler, were shouts of glee when they could identify a particular flower,” said Celebrations marketing coordinator Karina Briguera.

“One even was able to point out a tiger lily!”

Meanwhile, the boys had a great time observing florist Andre Douglas while he created a simple floral arrangement.

“Some observations they made included how odd the wet oasis [foam block] felt, and how amazing it was to see Andre turn a white spider mum into purple,” said Ms. Briguera. “You could see the amazement in their eyes when he did his ‘magic trick.’”

The students took turns creating mini arrangements, picking whichever flower they wanted in their arrangement.

“When they were told that they could take their arrangements home, boy did their faces light up,” said Ms. Briguera. “One even said he will plant his flowers in their garden – adorable!”

The pre-K 4 class, along with assistant Jynel Gladstone and teacher Jody Danter, show off flower arrangements.
The pre-K 4 class, along with assistant Jynel Gladstone and teacher Jody Danter, show off flower arrangements.

Ms. Danter later noted that the trip proved engaging, educational and lots of fun, and that the excitement of the trip did not abate after the kids got back to school, with the boys enthusiastically telling the girls about their experience with Mr. Douglas, and all the children talking about how cold the cooler was.

“It was such a pleasure to have the little ones visit the Celebrations headquarters to learn about the art of floristry,” said Celebrations CEO Jo-Anne Brown. “The children were such a joy and had the best time learning about the various types of flowers, their delicacy, care practices and of course creating their very own arrangements to take home.”

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