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Gig: Floral Fashioner

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Name: Varner Stewart Age: 66 Job: Sales Associate at The Everyday Gardener

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an airline stewardess because I loved seeing new places. I was a teacher for 20-something years.

Describe your workday in three words.

Energizing, fulfilling and fun.

What tools could you not work without, and why?

We design and work on floral arrangements, door baskets, all sorts of things, so wire cutters and clippers, scissors, moss, ribbon, oasis foam (to anchor plants and flowers in arrangements)...

What steps in the past brought you to this position?

I've always been interested in having something floral in the middle of my table. I would always go pick flowers out of my yard or someone else's yard and liven up the table. I think it was the fact that I love centerpieces--and also door decor. I think its very inviting in having something on your front door. I was very interested in learning to make a happy presentation on the front door.

What's the strangest aspect of your job?

Knowing how to get into somebody else's mind. Their expectations of you and what they perceive of you--what they want you to create versus what you are thinking--can be totally different.

What's the best thing about your job?

People! The people we work with. And, for me, learning a new skill. I was a first-grade teacher, so to learn something new is wonderful.

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