The leaves are falling and students are dressing warmer while counting down the days until Thanksgiving break. While it may seem like Thanksgiving is the only thing on students’ minds, Tiger Garden, the University of Missouri flower shop, is already decorating for the Christmas season.
Filled with wreaths, ornaments and a giant, vibrantly decorated Christmas tree, the shop began preparation for the season at the beginning of November.
“Several people have come in and mentioned that we have everything up really early, especially the Christmas tree,” said Grant Gatzemeyer, a junior business finance student who is a manager of operation and production for Tiger Garden.
Wreaths, created by Tiger Garden employees, decorate the entire shop and front display. They are impossible to miss with their seasonal colors of reds, greens and whites and range in price from $35 to $55. Gatzemeyer says that most wreaths in stock will sell, and that they are a very popular item for this season. Some wreaths have already been sold to early customers.
Tiger Garden is also prepping for its annual poinsettia sale, which will begin Dec. 1, 2013. The shop is well known for its tiger paw design, which is painted onto the red holiday flowers. In all, the shop is expected to sell approximately 500 poinsettias between Dec. 1 and when they close for the season.
“We are open during Christmas break and close a week before Christmas,” said Spencer Hoagland, a sophomore plant science student who is also a manager of operation and production.
Once the shop reopens on Jan. 2, 2014, for next semester they plan to move on to their winter themed decorations.