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Floristry is the production, commerce and trade in flowers . It encompasses flower care and handling, floral design , or flower arranging, merchandising, and display and flower delivery. Wholesale florists sell bulk flowers and related supplies to professionals in the trade . Retail florists offer fresh flowers and related products and services to consumers. The first flower shop opened in 1875. Floristry can involve the cultivation of flowers as well as their arrangement , and to the business of selling them. Much of the raw material supplied for the floristry trade comes from the cut flowers industry . Florist shops, along with online stores, are the main flower -only outlets, but supermarkets, garden supply stores, and filling stations also sell flowers . Floral design or floral arts is the art of creating flower arrangements in vases, bowls, baskets, or other containers, or making bouquets and compositions from cut flowers , foliages, herbs, ornamental grasses , and other plant materials. Often the terms " floral design " and " floristry " are considered synonymous.