MU students to design wedding flowers through floral design course

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | 6:12 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — MU students now have a chance to design wedding flowers for couples in Columbia.

Students of the floral design weddings course, a senior-level floral design course offered next spring by the Division of Plant Sciences, will design weddings for Tiger Garden clients who plan to have their weddings between February and May 2014.

"We realized that students get the best experience when they have real life experience," said Becky Means, events coordinator for Tiger Garden.

Since it was established in 2005, Tiger Garden has partnered with the Division of Plant Sciences. Students who enroll in floral design courses can learn basic floral design, centerpieces and event work.

Tiger Garden is managed by MU plant sciences design instructor Kim Martin and Means. In addition to selling flowers and plants, Tiger Garden provides flowers and decorations for weddings, events and and holidays.

The new wedding service, however, will be the first time students in the senior-level floral design course can work with clients, Means said.

Each interested couple will have one or more students assigned to them and the students will finish the design under the supervision of instructors. The service will be offered at a discount.

More information is available by contacting Tiger Garden at 884-1191 or or Means at

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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