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July 18, 2013

Scholarship gives local florist chance to grow

Claire Satriano has been a florist at Mohican Flowers for 35 years, but she’s still eager to learn.

Satriano, a 1976 Cooperstown Central School graduate who got a degree in horticulture from the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, won a scholarship to attend a floral class held in Oklahoma City last month.

“I never knew such a thing existed,” said Satriano, who learned about the scholarship at a floral show in Albany last year, and found out she had won it in March. “It is something the floral industry does to give people the chance to stay juiced up and give the best representation of the business.

“It does recharge you,” she continued. “I’d never been to that area of the world, and just to meet the other florists from all over the country, it was really cool.”

The class, Wedding Professionals, was sponsored by Teleflora and lasted for four days. Satriano said she learned about new techniques such as gluing bouquets together rather than using wire. She got to see newer trends such as ring bouquets, shaped around a wire ring and sparkle sticks. She also took classes on pricing and keeping flowers fresh longer.

Santriano has been working at Mohican since she graduated college, and she credited a CCS teacher with pointing her toward the profession.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but my home ec teacher told me, ‘you know, there is such a thing as a florist.’ I grew up on a farm, and I always worked in our gardens,” she said. 

“I just love it,” she continued. “Of course, no one told me that there is so much math involved. You think it is just designing and arraigning, but everything has a value and you have to think about that. You have to price it.”

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