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Silsbee FFA Member Uncovers Talent and Career Path Through a Floral Design Class    
Saturday, May 15, 2021 | Author: Texas FFA News

Silsbee FFA member Heather McMillan has found a future career and passion for the art of floral design in the agricultural education classroom. 

“I fell in love the time I put my very first arrangement together,” said McMillan. “Since that day, my love for flowers has taken off and my creativity has gone with it.”

McMillan confidently says that her favorite aspect of floral design is the various uses of color. However, it was past conversations with relatives who inspire a majority of her designs. 

“I gather my design inspiration mostly from my family,” said McMillan. “My great-grandmother's father was from a Cherokee tribe in Alabama. My great-grandmother has inspired my passion for making beautiful floral headdresses and most of my original designs tie back to my rich and vibrant heritage.”

With this being only her second year in a floral design class, her skill-set continues to grow and develop with each arrangement.

“This year we have been studying and practicing for our floral certification test,” said McMillan. “I hope to receive my certification and later start my own business after high school.”

While her interest and artistic eye have provided a plan for her future career, it has also inspired her to dream big.

“I want to have classes for kids and adults to come in and learn how to design and make arrangements,” said McMillan. “I know this is a huge goal for just a 16-year-old small-town girl, but I feel like if I put my 110% heart into my dream, I can achieve it and many more within my career.”

The complexity of the floral industry is one that is often overlooked. However, McMillan is passionate about the importance of the many separate components that play into the end product and how they can positively affect communities. 

“You must have growers to grow the flowers and have them shipped to wholesalers who provide the flowers that retailers need to make arrangements for local customers and businesses,” said McMillan. “The industry plays an important role in social interactions within a community and it brings so many people together. It’s important to me is to be able to put a smile on someone’s face or a happy moment in their life with flowers.”

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