The Triton is networking with Yacht Flowers on on the third Wednesday of the month (Sept. 17) in Ft. Lauderdale. The event is a chance to grow and bloom professionally, so all yacht crew and industry people are welcome to join us from 6-8 p.m. at Yacht Flowers’ new location on 17th Street.
Until then learn about the business from owner Eileen Cheng.
Q. Tell us about Yacht Flowers.
The company was formed 13 years ago by Hillary Frischhertz. We purchased the business and have continued to spread the wings of the business over the past several years. We are a full service florist that specializes in the yacht industry. We also have educational classes for those interested in basic and advanced education in floral upkeep and design. We also do weddings and everyday designs as needed.
Q. Why did you get into this business?
I like to share my passion and create something people don’t ordinarily see.
Q. What sets you apart from the competition?
Yacht Flowers stands out with our knowledge, experience and education. I never stop going to education classes to learn what is new and upcoming in the industry. I recently returned from Chicago where I earned my American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) certificate, one of 1,500 people in the world to have achieved this designation. It’s known as the “best of the best” in floral circles.
Q. What flower trends are popular?
The current trend is known as organic. The works consist of using recycled material and real plants with fresh cut flowers.
Q. What arrangements work best on yachts, considering transporting them, movement at sea, heat, etc.?
It is best to use low designs that are compact. Tropical flowers also work well for yachts.
Q. What other things do you add to flower arrangements?
Arrangement designs are based on the yacht’s desires, which are usually based on the boat’s theme. Vases are usually glass or ceramic but they can be stainless and even wood, again depending on the boat’s atmosphere. The vases generally stay in place with little pads or grids placed under them.
Q. Does anyone use artificial flowers these days?
Yes, some people use artificial flowers, but not that many. If they do, it is usually during crossings and when the fresh flowers die. It is a way to maintain that fresh atmosphere onboard.
Q. Can crew order from a book or online? Or do you prefer to talk with crew to decide what to create?
Both. Crew can book online from our Web site (www.yachtflowers.com) or they can call +1 954-541-3576. It is best to place a phone call after placing an online order just to ensure there are no questions unanswered.
Q. As flowers die and the arrangement changes, do you have advice for crew to keep an arrangement looking good?
Yes, come and take a class from me to learn how to restructure the flowers. This class will teach you how to pull out flowers in an arrangement and not change the theme. To help preserve an arrangement, check the water often, and keep it away from heat/air vents and direct sunlight. Also make sure your florist has a good source for their product as we do at Yacht Flowers.
Q. What are your favorite flowers to work with?
Q. And your least favorite?
None. I love them all.
Q. What do you wish crew knew about flowers?
To understand more about the names of the flowers and their simple care requirements. Crew are welcome to take my class.
Q. Tell us about your new location in The Triton building.
Our new location is very exciting. It is much closer to the yachts so it’s even easier for us to serve the yacht industry. Classes will be much more convenient for crew, and even walk-in service is available now. My staff and I look forward to meeting a lot more crew in person rather than just on the phone with this new location.
Networking will be held at Yacht Flowers at 1043 SE 17th St. in Ft. Lauderdale (33316). For more information, visit www.YachtFlowers.com or call +1 954-541-3576.