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A blossoming career: Bridie Conway is flourishing with The Gordon

By Vaseline May31,2024

Words from Staff Writer

The Gordon helps students thrive through their courses, including floristry student Bridie Conway.

Every year the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) attracts the horticultural e.genthusiasts, florists and garden enthusiasts from all over the world to marvel at the splendor of nature’s creations. Among the many attendees, students such as Bridie Conway from The Gordon stand out as emerging talent ready to blossom in the world of floristry.

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Conway recently traded in making cakes for floristry and saw floristry as a new start within her industry.

“I was successfully running my own cake business, but needed a change. Studying floristry fulfills my desire for creativity and I still get the privilege of bringing beauty to people’s special events and occasions, but now in the form of flowers instead of cake!”

A month after starting her course, Bridie won gold at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS). The Gordon played a profound role in her success, providing her with not only technical skills but also industry opportunities to thrive.

“The course really reinforced the fundamental basic skills that I was missing and that are needed in the industry, giving me the opportunity to learn and put those fundamentals into practice. It also opened my eyes to parts of floristry I wasn’t aware of, even different flower varieties I hadn’t come across yet!”

Attending the MIFGS is just one of the many extracurricular opportunities Gordon’s students receive as part of their floristry education. Exposure to such prestigious events not only inspires creativity but also allows students to network with industry professionals, opening doors to potential career opportunities and overall success, which is further evidenced by this year’s student team who won the Silver Gilt Show Garden Award won. Through workshops, competitions and events, students like Conway gain valuable insights and experiences that prepare them for a fruitful career in floristry.

“Competing at MIFGC allowed me to really push myself and experiment in ways I wouldn’t have otherwise, and even managed to take home first place in the student competition. There was a huge amount of support from teachers in the lead up to the competition and on the day, and it really gave me an insight into a whole side of floristry that I didn’t even know existed,” says Conway.

After graduating this year, Conway was pleased to receive the Gordon’s Art and Design Excellence Award, is strongly committed to her profession and has bright dreams for her future in floral arranging on a global scale.

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