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PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia prepares for Valentine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2012 | 6:58 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Flowers and chocolates and teddy bears, oh my. Local florists are working to fill hundreds of orders for sweethearts in preparation for Tuesday.

Zac LaHue, right, takes a phone order as Whitney McCoy, left, prepares another order of flowers at the My Secret Garden flower shop Monday.
Workers scurry around one of the arrangement tables in the back of the My Secret Garden flower shop Monday. The employees will work through the night to arrange the large number of orders for Valentine's day.
Whitney McCoy works on a Valentine's Day order at the My Secret Garden flower shop Monday. Ruth LaHue, president of the shop, said that sales averages so far for Valentine's Day are higher than the last couple of years.
A stuffed teddy bear and chocolates surrounds an order of flowers at the My Secret Garden flower shop Monday. Ruth LaHue, president of the shop, says there have been more $150 orders than $45 orders this year.
Kiersa Toll carries an order of flowers out to a delivery car from the My Secret Garden flower shop Monday. Ruth LaHue, president of My Secret Garden, expects to deliver more than 300 orders on Valentine's Day.

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