Blooming career for new Bryson’s florist
BUSINESS is blooming for newly qualified Bryson's Place florist Marlee Mason.
With an interest in all things floral that sprouted from a young age, Marlee has developed her talent and passion into a dream career.
"It's pretty and creative. Wedding work is my favourite," the 20-year-old said.
The diploma, which was assessed both on site and at the school of floristry at the Gold Coast, has been a whirlwind experience for the local girl.
The 18-month course focused on regulations, health and safety and a little on the flowers themselves, and was only the first step in her long education according to employer Lynn Bryson.
"We also have a few days at a florist in Brisbane in the works for Marlee," Mrs Bryson said.
"It's a good idea to experience other businesses because everyone does things differently."
Mrs Bryson, who took Marlee on as an after school worker four years ago, feels it is important for local businesses to invest in younger employees.
"Marlee is such an artistic person and is always making new designs," she said.
"I believe as a business you should give back."
However, it isn't all roses and buttercups according to the florists who often endure 2am mornings for pre-wedding and Valentine's Day preparations.
"You get blisters because it's all work with your hands," Marlee said.
"There are cuts and you have to deal with thorns."
These downsides have not deterred Marlee who loves to take on a challenge even if it means tangling with Australian natives.
"Natives are always hard to work with when it comes to shaping but I really like the work," she said.
"Every day is different - someone always wanting something made or worked out."
Marlee plans to continue working under Mrs Bryson to learn from her 33 years worth of experience in the field.