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Triton networks with Yacht Flowers

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Date(s) - Sep 16, 2015
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

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Yacht Flowers

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Join The Triton and network with Yacht Flowers on the third Wednesday of the month (Sept. 16) in Ft. Lauderdale. Everyone in yachting is welcome to join us from 6-8 p.m. at Yacht Flowers’ store on Southeast 17th Street.

Until then, learn a little more about the flower business from owner Eileen Cheng.

  • Tell us about Yacht Flowers.

The company was formed 14 years ago by Hillary Frischhertz. We purchased the business and have continued to grow 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.

  • What sets you apart from the competition?

Yacht Flowers stands out with our knowledge, experience and education. Delia and I both passed the American Institute Floral Designers’ certification. It compares with a master’s degree in the normal school world, but for the floral industry. This designation is known as the “best of the best” in floral circles.

We also keep track of the newest information and share that in our floral education classes. With hands-on classes, we teach crew the valuable knowledge to take back onboard.

  • Why did you get into this business?

I like to share my passion and create something people don’t ordinarily see.

  • 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.

  • What is trending this year?

The current trend is more organic with lots of woody material like sticks, moss and dried materials. And most of the yachts have a lot of influence from Europe.

  • 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.

  • 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 us 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.

  • What are your favorite flowers to work with?

Orchids.

  • And your least favorite?

None. I love them all.

  • What do you wish crew knew about flowers?

To understand more about the names of the flowers and their simple care requirements.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tell us about your location in The Triton building.

Our location on 17th Street is much closer to the yachts so it’s even easier for us to serve the industry. Classes are more convenient for crew and walk-in service is available. My staff and I meet a lot more crew in person rather than just on the phone.

Networking will be held at Yacht Flowers at 1043 S.E. 17th St. in Ft. Lauderdale (33316). The shop is in The Triton office building. For more information, visit www.YachtFlowers.com or call +1 954-541-3576.

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