We had such a blast at our fall Wine and Wellness in September. 11 ladies designed an arrangement from local flowers and then learned about Essential Oils from Mary Bryant, of Melaleuca, The Wellness Company. Oils that were discussed were lavender, lemon and Peace which is a Tranquility Oil Blend that includes tangerine, orange, patchouli, tans, elemi and German chamomile blue.

Our flowers were almost all locally grown flowers from Barnswallow Farms.  They included sunflowers, celosia, roses, snapdragons, ageratum, globe amaranth and explosion grass.

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Traci and Ana made our class a Mother-Daughter night out. Ana is such a talented designer and I love watching her creativity bloom. Her designs are very zen because she even uses her stems in her design. Plus she is so sweet, she made her arrangement for her teacher at school!

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These two ladies made the class a girls night!

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I love the way every arrangement looked just a little bit different!

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Mother-2 daughter night out! Love these ladies and how supportive they are of our classes!

We love to host classes of any kind. As the only Certified Florist in Northwest Ohio, Jen Linehan, CF, CFD is your class instructor and all classes include all tools and supplies needed to make a gorgeous arrangement. We can custom design a class to fit into your budget. Most classes are in the $35-50 range. Please call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 to schedule your class!

I was so honored to be asked to teach the students at Whiteford Elementary about my profession as a florist on St. Patrick’s Day. I had around 20 students for three different sessions. Two groups were of the older students who were in 2nd to 5th grade, I believe. They learned to design a wrist corsage that they were able to wear home.

Daisy pomp corsage.

Daisy pomp corsage.

We started with the base of a green bow that we tied at the shop since bows are very complicated and not something I could teach in the 45 minute session.

Daisy pomp corsage.

Daisy pomp corsage.

Students were taught how to glue their flowers in, which is what the plastic piece is on their desk. It held the glue that they dipped their flowers into.

Daisy Pomp corsage.

Daisy Pomp corsage.

Daisy Pomp corsage.

Daisy Pomp corsage.

The younger students, Kindergaten-2nd grade made dirt pudding. I definitely chose an activity that was a little over their heads, but we still had a blast! Thank goodness for the two parent helpers and one teacher that helped. Since I have a two year old, it’s hard to know what older kids can handle!

The students helped mix up their pudding, smash their oreos and we made the different layers of soil. Then we added a worm on top!

Dirt Pudding Flower Pots

Dirt Pudding Flower Pots

Dirt Pudding Flower Pots

Dirt Pudding Flower Pots

Dirt Pudding Flower Pot

Dirt Pudding Flower Pot

Dirt Pudding Flower Pot

Dirt Pudding Flower Pot

It was really fun because the Kindergarten students were learning the parts of a flower and how flowers grow in class. So it was the perfect project!

I had so much fun and can’t wait to help again next year. Beautiful Blooms by Jen values education and Jen is the only Certified Florist in Northwest Ohio. If you’re interested in Jen teaching your organization, please call 419-517-8821.

Thanks to Cleveland Plant and Flower for donating the flowers we used to teach the older students!

Even though I have followed my dreams by opening a flower shop, educating the florists of the future is still a passion of mine. This year the FFA District 1 Floriculture Career Development Event was held at Penta Career Center. Since I am an advisory committee member for Penta and Sylvania Southview, I was so excited to be asked to judge!  93 students competed and Teams were from all over Northwest Ohio.

As the Certified Florist and Certified Floral Designer of the judges, my job was to run the hands on portion of the competition. The kids were to create a multi-flower pin-on corsage and then my job was to grade their corsage. Some of the students created some beautiful designs! I love grading the corsages and sharing with them what they are able to do to improve.

Jen Linehan CFD, CF judging the hands-on portion of the Ohio District 1 Floriculture Career Development Event.

Jen Linehan CFD, CF judging the hands-on portion of the Ohio District 1 Floriculture Career Development Event.

 

The written test.

The written test.

The placing classes portion of the Floriculture CDE.

The placing classes portion of the Floriculture CDE.

The Identification part of the CDE. Fresh flowers, indoor plants, insects, diseases and floral supplies.

The Identification part of the CDE. Fresh flowers, indoor plants, insects, diseases and floral supplies.

I had so much fun helping at the Ohio District 1 Floriculture Career Development Event! I can’t wait to hear which team won and how each team does at the State Competition in April.

Jen taught Horticulture at Southview High School for 2 years at Floral Design and Greenhouse for 3 years at the Natural Science Technology Center for Toledo Public Schools. She has a Bachelor’s in Agriculture Education and Master’s in Career Technical Education. If you are interested in Jen teaching your organization floral design skills or speaking to your group, please call Beautiful Blooms by Jen at 419-517-8821 or email jen@beautifulbloomsbyjen.com

Lots of beautiful flowers for lots of beautiful brides! Can’t wait to get started on it all!

Kari's purple carnations and green hypericum berrries

Kari's purple lisianthus and hot pink germinis

Kari's pink and Sarah's white sweet peas

Jayne's purple sea foam statice and deep purple calla lilies

Jayne's purple dendrobium orchids

Sarah's white and blush peonies

Sarah's blush roses

Resa's orange roses

Resa's orange calla liles

Sarah K's yellow roses

Sarah K's yellow and white freesia

People ask me all the time if I miss teaching. My answer is usually no… But then I am invited to work with Floriculture students and it reminds me that I do love to teach! Today Penta hosted the District 1 Floriculture Career Development Event and I was invited to help judge. This is something that while I was teaching my students would participate in. The students competing will then move on to the State Competition in April. In the 5 years I taught my students won the State 3 times so it is definitely a passion of mine. This is also the same contest that helped me earn a full ride to Ohio State to pursue my career in Floriculture.

Students working on their corsages.

My job was to proctor the corsage practicum and placing classes. Students chose from a variety of flowers and created a 3-5 flower corsage of their choice. My job was to grade them.

Jen Linehan judging the corsage practicum.

Jen Linehan judging the corsage practicum.

The students complete a hands on practicum of the state’s choice. Today the students practice creating a corsage. They also take a written exam and are quizzed on the names of tons of flowers, including latin names, and supplies.  They also place groups of flowers and plants.

District 1 students practicing their placing classes.

District 1 students practicing their placing classes.

At the end I was able to discuss some of the students scores. It was great because I wanted this to be a learning experience so they can do even better at states. Students came from Elmwood, Fairview, Four County JVS, Patrick Henry, Penta, Edgerton and North Central and Toledo.

Jen Linehan helps a Floriculture student with her score sheet.

Jen Linehan helps a Floriculture student with her score sheet.

Make Your Own Wreath! Call 419-517-8821 to save your spot. Only 8 spots available per class.

The first class is on Sunday April 1st at 3pm and costs $25 which includes all materials and instruction.- Create your own grapevine wreath!

The second class is on Tuesday April 3rd at 6pm and we will be creating spring centerpieces.  It will be perfect for your Easter table!  Only $35 provides you with all materials and instruction.

In the third class we will create a square vased arrangement.  Very modern and fun!  The class is on Sunday April 15th at 3pm and costs $35 which includes materials and instruction.

The Daisy girl scouts from Maplewood Elementary came for a tour of Beautiful Blooms by Jen last Friday.  We had so much fun and were so excited that they brought us Girl Scout cookies!  If any other troops are interested, there are multiple badges we can help the scouts get!  Please call 419-517-8821 to schedule your visit!

On Tuesday, I went to the First Congregational Church on Collingwood to meet the ladies in the group Out and About.  I had so much fun teaching them about flowers and design and they had such great questions!  They even stumped me when they asked what is the craziest thing someone has ever asked me to design! I’m still thinking on that one!

If you are interested in having me come speak to your group, just let us know! Now that I’m not teaching on a daily basis I love the opportunity!

I’ve been subbing a lot at Southview for their Horticulture teacher this year because it’s the class I taught for my first 2 years of teaching and so I’m the perfect option for a sub! Now that I’m not teaching anymore I’ve really been enjoying teaching when I want to!  While I’ve been subbing there has been a lot of interest in flowers.  I’ve been helping to train the Floriculture team which will compete at Districts and States this year in FFA’s Floriculture Career Development Event.

They will take a general knowledge written exam, judge placing classes, identify cut flowers, foliages, flowering potted plants, foliage plants, bedding plants, vegetables and herbs.  They will also either design a bud vase, corsage, foil and bow a potted plant or plant cuttings.  In the past 5 years, I have coached two teams to 1st in the state!  I’m so excited to see how hard the team has been working without me.  When I showed up Saturday morning there were 9 students in studying! Couldn’t believe it!

From In Style- January 2012