Tiger Garden stocks up on roses for Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 14, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:20 a.m. CST, Friday, February 15, 2013
A pile of roses wait to be dethorned at Tiger Garden. The floral shop, located at MU, ordered 2,700 roses in preparation for Valentine's Day.

COLUMBIA — At roughly 8:45 a.m. Monday morning, 98 boxes of flowers and greenery were delivered to Tiger Garden.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, the Tiger Garden staff of 15 employees works around the clock to be ready for the garden’s busiest time, Clarissa Brown, student manager at Tiger Garden, said.

Last year, Tiger Garden ran out of flowers, but employees are hoping that with the 700 more roses ordered this year, the shop is able to satisfy all its customers. That brought the total to 2,700 roses.

During this busy time, there is barely time to break for meals, so the employees of Tiger Garden bring in food to eat while they make arrangements.

When not prepping for Valentine’s Day, a busy day at Tiger Garden is about 10 orders a day, but during the days leading up to the holiday, it receives 50 to 200 orders a day, supervisor Kim Martin said. Valentine’s Day is the biggest source of revenue for the garden.

This year, Tiger Garden hopes to sell 800 arrangements.

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