COLUMBIA - Consumers spend Valentine's Day buying and giving flowers to their loved ones, but they might not think about the back story of those bouquets. "I don't think a lot of consumers actually think about all the hard work that goes into growing flowers," said Tiger Garden Employee Sarah Kight, "And the farmers involved, and the wholesalers involved and the whole process."Extreme weather like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the wildfires in California and the recent snow in Florida has a big effect on the floral industry.The MU Floral Design Instructor Lesleighan Cravens said the past 12 months have been really hard on the floral industry, and for the flowers you buy in Missouri, the biggest growers include California and Florida. Cravens said the...
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Floral industry affected by extreme weather over the past 12 months