Lauren Ceglio’s words are jumping off the page as she recounts her life of flowers, from her early days of gardening with her father, and today, as a flower shop manager who saves every customer thank you notes. Her stories brim with glee, and it doesn’t take long to feel that Lauren is happy—supremely happy to design and deliver gifts as a florist.
And, according to a new book, Lauren is not alone. Arranging floral gifts in communities across the country makes florists the happiest profession in the world, says a prominent UK economist in his new book. The book says gardeners and florists are nearly twice as happy as people in higher paying jobs. As a matter of fact, more than 87% of florists consider themselves happy compared to all other professions.
What makes being a floral designer so merry?
“Every day is a new adventure with new stories to hear and new events to plan for,” she said. “I’ve had people take time out of their busy lives to call and express their appreciation. I have received many wonderful letters and I save them all!”
As a kid in Bethpage, Lauren noticed early the joy she felt while gardening with her father and watching fruits and vegetables grow. (“He says I have the magic touch,” Lauren quipped.) This early experience in gardening inspired her career path in the floral business.
In high school, she worked at a flower shop in Syosset and took floral design classes in Carle Place. Her fascination with design then carried her to AIU in Florida, where she graduated with a degree in management. After college, she spent a couple years in other businesses before realizing she missed the warmth of the floral industry and made a final career choice. “Flowers won!” she exclaimed.
Today, Lauren manages the shop in Carle Place, where she once attended for floral design courses and lives in Long island. Peonies are her favorite flowers. Montauk in eastern L.I. is her go-to vacation spot, and this mom “loves, loves, loves” pumpkin picking, hayrides and homemade pies in the fall. Lauren finds herself energized by community fundraisers and feels an intense pride when customers express their appreciation of her team's artful designs.
“Customers love to open up to us. I like to think it is because they feel welcomed and comfortable in my store,” she said. “Sometimes, people want to stop by the store just to say thank you.”
Florists set out to make their communities happy places, and apparently, wind up making themselves the happiest in the process.
Our Florists are very hard working and they work tirelessly to deliver the special messages people send everyday. Support your local florists with specially crafted arrangements from our wonderful florists around the nation. Go check out our local artisan collection today.