Knoxville's oldest florist stays busy on Valentine's Day

Knoxville's oldest florist stays busy on Valentine's Day

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We decided to visit Knoxville's oldest florist, Crouch Florist, 7200 Kingston Pike, which began as a Market Square flower cart in 1865. We decided to visit Knoxville's oldest florist, Crouch Florist, 7200 Kingston Pike, which began as a Market Square flower cart in 1865.
Bouquet designers have been working nearly non-stop for days, filling orders and gearing up for what will be their busiest day of the year. Bouquet designers have been working nearly non-stop for days, filling orders and gearing up for what will be their busiest day of the year.
Everybody celebrates, and it's not just for women. It's for men too. We get a lot of women that celebrate it with their husbands and send them flowers and gift baskets," said Suzanne Spreng. Everybody celebrates, and it's not just for women. It's for men too. We get a lot of women that celebrate it with their husbands and send them flowers and gift baskets," said Suzanne Spreng.
Millions of roses are being placed in Valentine's Day bouquets. All those roses, laid end to end, would wrap the globe 3.8 times. Millions of roses are being placed in Valentine's Day bouquets. All those roses, laid end to end, would wrap the globe 3.8 times.
Flowers offer beauty and fragrance. If you're saying "I love you" to that special person, there's no better way than to offer a bouquet made in Tennessee. Flowers offer beauty and fragrance. If you're saying "I love you" to that special person, there's no better way than to offer a bouquet made in Tennessee.
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By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - If you're a husband, boyfriend or significant other and you're just figuring out that Friday is Valentine's Day, you're in big trouble.

On the holiday, 142 million cards are expected to be sent to loved ones, 233 million roses will be delivered, and more than $36 billion will be spent in the name of love.

We decided to visit Knoxville's oldest florist, Crouch Florist, 7200 Kingston Pike, which began as a Market Square flower cart in 1865.

Our guide was Suzanne Spreng, who's been around for the past three years. She explained how their bouquet designers have been working nearly non-stop for days, filling orders and gearing up for what will be their busiest day of the year.

"We will have over 600 orders go out. Several going out throughout the day. We'll start early.  Drivers will come in at 8 a.m. and run through the day to businesses and homes and people will come in and pick up orders. It's a very busy day for us," said Spreng.

In fact, around the country, millions of roses are being placed in Valentine's Day bouquets. All those roses, laid end to end, would wrap the globe 3.8 times. That is a lot of roses.

Valentine's Day means more than just giving flowers. Gift baskets, teddy bears, special dinners are all part of the Valentine's tradition. However, flowers are, year in and year out, the most popular gift to give. The reason is simple.

"Everybody associates it with love. People have their relationships. Their companions, husbands, wives. Everybody celebrates, and it's not just for women. It's for men too. We get a lot of women that celebrate it with their husbands and send them flowers and gift baskets," said Spreng.

Flowers offer beauty and fragrance. If you're saying "I love you" to that special person, there's no better way than to offer a bouquet made in Tennessee.


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