Young Texan Finds Purpose in Floristry: Meet Ashton Lucas

Growing up on a farm in Texas, Ashton Lucas always figured she’d do something related to agriculture.

But it wasn’t until she was a sophomore in high school that she considered the idea of being a retail florist.

That’s the year she started taking floral design, taught by Shana Brittain, a Texas Master Florist and longtime high school teacher.

“I’d never heard of horticulture or floral design until I had Mrs. Brittain as a teacher,” Lucas said.

But once she started taking courses, she was hooked, thanks in large part to Brittain’s enthusiastic instruction.

“Her passion for the subject shined through,” said Lucas, now a senior at Texas A&M University, majoring in horticulture and minoring in agriculture economics.

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