Flower Farmer & Florist


A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it - it just blooms.

Zen Shin
Flower Farmer & Florist

In A Nutshell

I arrange and display flowers in a way that creates emotion or feeling.

I market our locally grown flowers to floral designers, wholesalers and customers.

I continually educate myself on new growing techniques, flower varieties, and design styles.


Potential Salary Range

$40,000 - 60,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories NWT
Northwest Territories
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK
Yukon Territories YT
Yukon Territories

I spend 50% of my time in our gardens and greenhouses during our growing season. The remainder of my time is spent delivering and setting up wedding flowers, and working in my shop designing flowers and keeping up with the business side of things.


Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Grow flowers and sell to other local designers during the seasonal months
  • Purchase flowers from a wholesaler during off season months
  • Meet with customers and understand their vision
  • Create floral arrangements for people and events
  • Keep track of inventory and make sure there is enough supply to fill orders
  • Make delivery arrangements to people, venues, and other floral shops and designers
  • Keep our shop and work area tidy and presentable after making arrangements or bundling flowers for transport
  • Give quotes to people based on their visions and ideas  

Education & Training

  • While no specific post-secondary degree is absolutely necessary, a degree or diploma in floral design or plant landscaping is valuable.
  • Some education in business or economics might also be helpful for those who are hoping to start their own shop.

Job Outlook

    • The floral design industry has changed quite a bit in recent years. In-person shops are being replaced by online flower delivery and grocery stores; however, tons of people still like to buy their flowers from local farmers and florists.
    • If you want to work in this field, you will have competition, but building a strong business and good personal connections with customers will help you find success.

Related School Subjects

Arts Education
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Flowers Decorate Artistic Create Plants Farming

Important Skills


While the basics of floral design can be taught, it’s really helpful if you’re one of those people that has an artistic eye and just knows what looks good.  

Creativity & Innovation

Some customers will come to me with a totally wild idea of how they see an event, bouquet or arrangement looking, and it’s up to me to come up with creative and beautiful solutions to these crazy ideas.

Money Management

This is really important for people who want to run their own shop. Knowing what to charge for your talents and products, and how to get the most out of the money you bring in, can make or break a business. 

Customer Service

I'm regularly working with customers and figuring out how I can best bring their vision to life, so being a good communicator and having a smile on my face when interacting with customers is a must. 


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Creative Work
Working in a Small Business
Flexible Work Environment