Mother’s Day marks the busiest holiday for the local florist

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – April showers brought May flowers just in time for Mother’s Day, meaning many Brown County moms were enjoying a special bouquet of flowers from loved ones.

Action 2 News stopped by Green Bay Floral & Greenhouse on Sunday morning, where the owners gave us a look at the store’s busiest Mother’s Day weekend.

“Our business is unique because we have a florist and a greenhouse. There aren’t many greenhouses and flower shops around anymore, usually people are just a flower shop or greenhouse,” said Tyler Arkens, owner of Green Bay Floral & Greenhouse.

There was no time to stop and smell the roses for the employees, who made more than 125 deliveries on Sunday alone.

Just in time to surprise moms across town with a special bouquet, featuring some of the store’s most popular picks, peonies, garden roses and petunias.

Green Bay Floral completed nearly 400 deliveries and nearly 1,200 in-store transactions from Friday through Sunday, a busy weekend that forces the store to start preparing just after Valentine’s Day.

“It’s flower delivery, walk-ins, those last-minute people showing up for packaging and stuff, and also people coming in for their spring planting,” said Beth Arkens, owner of Green Bay Floral & Greenhouse.

Tyler and Beth Arkens, owners of the nearly 100-year-old business, say the flower shortage hasn’t affected them this year, but they’ve had to contend with shipping delays, increased gasoline prices and flower prices.

“You just sort of get used to it. It’s like gas prices, you ride with it,” Tyler Arkens said.

After two years of “pandemic” Mother’s Day, business for them remains in full bloom.

“People are calling from California, from Washington, from Texas, from eastern Canada. There are a lot of people who find us and it’s really great to be able to help them celebrate a day with mom, ”said Tyler Arkens.

The 18,000 square foot greenhouse is full of plants of all colors and sizes, which is where we found a longtime customer shopping with her mother-in-law.

“A perfect thing to do together on Mother’s Day,” said Neshkoro resident Nancy Adkins.

The mother/daughter duo say they will always choose local shopping over national flower retailers.

“I would rather shop the local person and support a business we know and trust, a small business and a small family, than just going to a big box store. Also the quality of the plants, we’ve always had great luck with all of their plants,” said Green Bay resident Karen Adkins.

For the Green Bay Floral & Greenhouse website, click here.

“Go to your local florists, go to your local bakery, go to your local restaurant, all the places you love to help support families like us,” Tyler Arkens said.

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