Hello there, Lilygrass friends! This week we’re giving you some insight into the world of the floral industry through the eyes of one of our designers, Lacey Dickson! Enjoy!
Q: How long have you worked at Lilygrass?
I started on Valentine’s Day a few years ago as an extra designer for the day, and then Alicia asked me to deliver on Saturdays for her for a few weeks. A position opened up around June, and I was able to get regular hours. It’s been about a year and a half.
Q: What are some of the things you do for Lilygrass?
I design, answer phones, take orders, help customers, decorate the front, deliver (as needed), and I am the wedding department manager. Due to the number of employees here at Lilygrass, we get to experience all aspects of the store and share duties. I even get in the office and help Alicia with paperwork!
Q: What’s your background in floral design?
I started as a driver at a flower shop in my hometown in the fall of 2013, and I worked there for about seven months or so before coming to Lilygrass. I’ve spent the last few years working toward my Associate’s Degree in Retail Forestry from Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. I have one more year to go and I am so excited.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to design?
Bridal bouquets – because I like thinking that the bride is going to love the arrangement she’s going to be walking down the aisle with.
Q: What’s your least favorite thing to design?
Funerals – because We can get into the routine that it’s another order for a casket piece or spray or basket, but somebody’s loved one has passed on and even though I don’t know that person myself, I do know what it’s like to lose someone you love.
Q: Where do you get your creative inspiration for your designs?
I think some people are born with a creative mind, and some people are not. It’s a gift, but I think about each individual arrangement – is it a birthday, anniversary, an “I’m Sorry” or a “Just Because?” I ask about the person receiving the flowers. I try to find out as much information as possible about the recipient, so I can make it perfect for them. If they are more bubbly, then they’d like something more whimsical, bright, cheerful, and different. Different occasions and special-themed events call for different design elements. I once designed a treasure chest full of flowers for a Wonderland themed party. It was fun to be creative like that!
Q: When did you know that floral design is what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?
The first time I designed a teacup arrangement at a flower shop, I absolutely loved it. I had a lot of fun doing it.
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