Florists gear up for Valentine’s Day

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
Florists gear up for Valentine's Day
Wayne Catel has nearly 50 years of experience as a floral designer.
It’s his busy season even though it only lasts a few days.
He says he’ll likely put together and design close to f 100 arrangements during that stretch.

Wayne Catel, Senior Floral Designer:
“I love to be creative. I love to just take something and create something beautiful.”

A staff of about 40 take calls, design arrangements and deliver the flowers of choice this time of year– roses– to hundreds of people across Kingston.

Nearly 5 thousand different types of roses come through the doors here and preparations for the Day of Love start as soon as Christmas is over.

Jeff De Ruiter- Owner, Pam’s Flower Garden:
“It come really, really quickly and it’s only a couple of days so we have to be prepared for a good flow of people coming in to make sure they don’t have to wait too long. It started about 6 weeks ago.”

Jonna Semple:
“And if you’re lucky enough to receive a bouquet of flowers, the experts have some advice on how to make them last longer.”

Jeff De Ruiter- Owner, Pam’s Flower Garden
“Cut your flowers on an angle because you don’t want the stems sticking to the bottom of the container, use the fresh, floral solution that comes with it, but if that doesn’t come with it just use some plain table sugar. Change your water every couple of days and don’t don’t put the flowers in sun or in a hot window and you should be able to enjoy them for a long period of time.”

And procrastinators have no fear… those in the business say they cater to last minute shoppers so that everyone can celebrate a day dedicated to love.
-Jonna Semple, CKWS News Kingston

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