noun: artisan; plural noun: artisans
1. a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand.
"street markets where local artisans display handwoven textiles, painted ceramics, and leather goods"
"each guild organized the artisans of a particular craft"
o (of food or drink) made in a traditional or non-mechanized way using high-quality ingredients.
"Britain's artisan cheeses"
So, what do you do?' I hate that question. It's so innocuous, but I always find it so difficult to answer. I am a florist. I am a grower. I am a florist who grows flowers. I would not, could not, do one without the other. The two aspects of my job are inextricably interwoven. I think it is a perfect arrangement. Well, I would, wouldn't I! Using bought in material takes the pressure off for me, I don't think I could cope with the worries of, will my ranunculus bloom in time? Will my tulips have gone over? Will this wind flatten my peonys? And all the other known unknowns! Buying in also enables me to use a wider diversity of flowers over a longer period. But to use all bought? No way! Bought in for all their convenience, often lack character, the bendy bits, the kinks, the tendrils, the imperfections it is these 'flaws' that give movement and life to an arrangement. I like to think that it is this commitment to growing and using the highest quality materials that qualifies me to use the prefix 'artisan'. Growing those flowers is just too much hard work not to credit in someway!