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Meet Tera Bishop, Big Y Florist

Sometimes an elegant detail, like Big Y’s floral arrangements, is just perfect for what we want to say. Meet one of the expert Big Y florists behind the most creative and thoughtful ways to express how we feel.

When did you get started in the floral industry?

When I was 17 through Big Y. I was initially a cashier, but I waited for an opening in floral. I was just drawn to flowers.


What attracted you to the floral business?

I always loved flowers since I was a child. I am a huge fan of design, merchandising, color schemes and simplicity.


What skills do you need to be a florist?

I would recommend being organized (kidding, but it’s very helpful)! I would have to say an ability to improvise, some skill in creativity and an overall constant attentiveness to your department.


What is the biggest challenge of being a florist?

Training can be tough, but it’s also one of my favorite things to do. I have met some amazing people—most that I consider close friends now.


What’s your favorite flower?

This is a tough one. I would have to say I like Anemone right now, but it changes all the time!


Do you have a favorite Big Y shopper experience you could share with us?

I had a customer who would always buy roses for his wife weekly. He fell very ill and I didn’t see him for a long time, about 6 months. He finally stopped to place an order and explained his absence over the last few months. I decided to buy the arrangement he ordered for him when he picked it up as a surprise. He was so thankful it brought him to tears. I think of him often because he was such an awesome customer to have and hope he's doing well!


Where do you find inspiration for your arrangements?

Home décor magazines and Pinterest give me a ton of ideas.


How can we keep our flowers radiant and happy?

Put them in a clean vase and make sure you take the leaves off that are submerged in water. Always a quick, fresh cut before arranging. 


Roses. Traditional Red or Multi-Colored?

I prefer a solid bunch of peach or white roses! 


When is the best time to start planting our flowers?

May is the best time in my opinion.


What’s the most popular flower in your opinion?

Most people like roses I would say.


When was the last time you received flowers?

Valentine’s Day. I usually get red roses and chocolates-the classic.


Can flowers create a mood?

Yes! A romantic, thoughtful, happy, elegant mood! depending on what you get of course.


What’s your favorite combination for a flower arrangement?

Freesia, peonies, anemone,delphinium---and a lot of texture with an assortment of foliage added.


Are there any tips you can give us to start our own garden?

Start early and give them space so you can watch your plants grow and enjoy them for the max amount of time!


How many times should you buy your favorite person flowers? (Pay attention people wink, wink)

At least once a month!