Valentine’s Day is upon us. Many floral shops have been busy for months preparing for what is the biggest holiday of the year for the floral industry. This includes Tiger Garden, a University of Missouri student-run floral shop that is located in the Agriculture Building.
Leisleighan Kraft, the manager of Tiger Garden, has been planning since November. Tiger Garden pre-books flowers and other materials from wholesalers in August. When it comes to the workflow, Tiger Garden has multiple people in the back creating arrangements.
“During the day we have at least three to five people in the back making arrangements,” Kraft said. “At night, we have about five people making arrangements.”
Three to five people may seem like a lot of labor. But in order to handle the large number of orders efficiently, there have to be multiple hands on deck to make sure Valentine’s Day goes smoothly. On a busy day, Tiger Garden can sell up to 100 arrangements. On a slow day, about 20 arrangements are sold.
Red roses have always been a Valentine’s Day staple.
“Our most popular arrangement for Valentine’s Day is a dozen red roses,” Kraft said. “But we are pushing for the designer creations as well.”
Currently, designer creations are $30 or more, and single flowers are $16. A dozen red roses costs $102. This arrangement includes filler flowers, greenery and a vase.
Tiger Garden delivers their flowers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And don’t despair if you have not yet placed an order, as they have extended business hours this weekend. This Saturday, Feb. 13, they are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This coming Sunday they are open from 8 a.m. to noon.