Love delivered

The bustle of florists filling vases with soft pink carnations, deep red roses and early tulips matched the quick pace of customers flowing in and out of Grand Haven Garden House & Floral on Thursday.
Krystle Wagner
Feb 15, 2013


Teenagers to men who have been married for as long as 60 years bought flowers for Valentine's Day, co-owner Kathy Kwekel said.

“Romance is still in the air,” she said.

Preparations for the holiday began in January when the shop's staff looked at the previous year’s orders, co-owner Dale Kwekel said.

Orders started rolling in about 10 days ago, Dale said. Although flowers aren’t arranged until the night before, it took two people two days to process flowers by giving them a fresh cut and placing them in a special water solution to help them last longer.

Kathy said it’s more than a one-day holiday. “It’s about Valentine’s week,” she said.

On Wednesday, floral designers worked late to prepare some of the more than 150 delivery items for Thursday.

While some orders came with specific requests, others allowed the designers to use their creativity by giving a price range and a prompt of “something bright and cheerful.”

Grand Haven Township resident Andy Koller said the romantic holiday gave him the opportunity to surprise his wife with a dozen red roses. Koller said he hoped to sneak home before his wife returned because she wouldn’t anticipate anything until the evening.

“I’m looking forward to surprising her,” he said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Hope none of the Trib's staff or editors sent Valentine's Day flowers or candy to their representatives in Washington, D.C.


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