Tiger Garden moves into its second decade of providing hands-on experience in a working floral shop

Tiger Garden is ready for 10 more years. The floral shop, located in the Agriculture Building on the MU campus, celebrated its 10-year anniversary with special events during the first week of classes.

Every day featured a different event and special sales. Students were encouraged to take a picture in the photo booth and use the hashtag #tigergarden in a social media post. Those who posted the photo were entered to win a $50 gift card to the store.

“We had several students that used it (the photo booth), they really seemed to enjoy it,” said Gina Olsen, student manager and lead designer.

A scavenger hunt for floral arrangements placed throughout the campus offered gift cards to participants. The week concluded with free s’mores to represent 10 s’more years of Tiger Garden.

While the anniversary celebration required some extra effort, the staff of almost 20 employees,stays busy year-round preparing arrangements for on-campus and off-campus customers.

Employees come from a variety of majors, and even though not all have plant science backgrounds, everyone is skilled and knowledgeable.

“Working here gives me the chance to be creative,” said Marlee Caldwell, a second-year employee.

She enjoys getting the chance to make someone’s day better with something as small as flowers.

A revamped website makes ordering easy, and Tiger Garden delivers both on and off campus.

Kendra Elder

About the Author Kendra Elder

Hello! I'm Kendra Elder, a University of Missouri freshman majoring in science and ag journalism. I am from southeast Missouri. In high school I was active in FFA and the National Beta Club where I served as a state officer. I am now is a member of Ag Communicators of Tomorrow. In the future, I hopes to start a career in advertising and start a cattle farm of my own.