Floral lessons for Heritage High students

VANCOUVER - Students at Vancouver's Heritage High School don't have to go far to find something for their sweetheart on Valentine's Day.

Wrapped roses, balloons or buds in a vase all are creatively crafted by students taking floral design classes at the school.

I love teaching this class. I worked in the industry for 20 years and it's really great to be able to share my design knowledge, said teacher Joni LaFave.

This year, more than 130 students are in the program. Just two years ago, there were only 20.

I like hands-on things, building and designing projects, commented Heritage Senior Meredith Rojas.

One of their first assignments was to create a bridal bouquet.

It's made out of toilet paper, because that's much cheaper than flowers, explained LaFave.

For regular classes, the school relies on twice-weekly flower donations from Trader Joe's. For Valentine's Day, they ordered flowers and doubled the price to cover costs.

It was still a deal, since many florists more than triple prices. Students enrolled in the design classes earn art credit.

I don't draw and I'm not interested in pottery, so I thought why not work with flowers? said Chris as he took orders from Valentine customers.

They spent three weeks coming up with design ideas and marketing for this February 14th and the crowd didn't disappoint.

It's packed, but we'll get it all done because everyone needs a Valentine, concluded Rojas.


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