Jobs at RWS: Florists

With more than 13,000 employees, Resorts World Sentosa sports a range of jobs that are almost as diverse as the fishes you’ll find at its S.E.A. Aquarium.

To help unravel the mystery of what goes into running a holiday destination that has (almost) everything you’d want while on a holiday, here’s the Career Spotlight series.

This January, we’re featuring the florists from the floral department. These are the people who not only decorate the Resort with beautiful floral design but also design all festive and events floral displays.

Our writer gives the job a try for a day. Let’s join him on his adventure:

When I stepped into the florist’s office, operations were already in full swing. The three florists on duty that day, including my guide Ganesh Arumugram, were either busy answering phone calls or trimming stalks of flowers.

Welcome to the floral department–a place where passion, hard work and creativity reign supreme.

All six of our florists are experts in their own right. To make me feel useful among the experts, I was given the cornerstone job–washing vases.

 

The start of every apprenticeship begins at the bottom (of the vase).
The start of every apprenticeship begins at the bottom (of the vase).

But I prefer learning about flower arrangement so that I can present something that doesn’t resemble a wreath to my wife.

As an initiation, Ganesh showed me the Ruscus Leaf, better known as the forever leaf as it can last for at least three weeks.

"Does this leaf go over here?"
“Does this leaf go over here?”

You can find it at many of the arrangements located in the six hotels, ESPA and convention centre. Yes, the florists are responsible for almost all the flowers in the Resort.

After the crash course, I tried my hand at floral arrangement. Designs change weekly and it depends on the size of the arrangement and the festival or event happening that month.

"Toe bone connected to the foot bone. Foot bone connected to the… Wait."
“Toe bone connected to the foot bone. Foot bone connected to the… Wait.”
To prolong the flowers' lifespan, stalks have to be cut at 45 degree angle to allow a bigger surface area for water absorption.
To prolong the flowers’ lifespan, stalks have to be cut at 45 degree angle to allow a bigger surface area for water absorption.

After 15 minutes–when the florists usually just take 10 minutes–my humble creation was done. I couldn’t replicate the pro’s masterpiece but I was given 60 marks for my effort and was told that it was “not bad” for a first try.

I hope the expensive Cymbidiu, Orchids, which costs $5 a bloom, didn’t die in my inept hands.

florist at RWS
I title this masterpiece, Flowers on A Boat, inspired by Rose from Titanic.

Due to the overwhelming demand of flowers in the Resort, flowers are replenished every morning. To preserve freshness, most of the flowers, except the tropical ones, must be kept in a fridge at 15 degrees Celsius.

Florist RWS career
Brr, this fridge is cold. Feels like Genting Highlands.

A florist’s job isn’t that cushy as they have to stand all day, washing and dealing with dirt, thorns, knives and tonnes of orders. Ganesh summed it up perfectly, “It’s a messy job and it’s a lot of hard work. You must enjoy and be dedicated to it.”

The next time you walk past a bouquet in the Resort, stop and smell the flowers and appreciate their hard work.

This blogpost was adapted from an earlier article published in RWS’s staff magazine aRWSome.

Curious about other jobs at RWS? Here are some which we have featured:

For the latest jobs available at Resorts World Sentosa, visit our Careers page on the website.

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