Valentine’s Day is a big holiday for couples.

But for floral shops, it might be an even bigger holiday. Customers keep these shops on their toes and on top of their best work. Florists select their best flowers for their customers. After all, no one wants to give their beloved a lone, withered flower. The bigger and brighter the bouquets, the better.

“It’s crazy,” said Amanda Dack, an employee at The Flower Market. While all the demand for flowers might be crazy, it didn’t stop her doing from her job. She worked with freshly unwrapped red roses for an arrangement. She took the utmost care not to cut herself on any rose thorns, which is just one of the occupational hazards a floral shop employee must face. Given the popularity of roses on Valentine’s Day, it might just be the most dangerous day of the year for florists.

Meanwhile, over at Prairie Friends & Flowers, Courtney Widick’s work station looked a little different than Dack’s. While Dack focused on one type of flower in a fairly neat setting, Widick surrounded herself with a variety of flowers before selecting which ones she’ll gather for an arrangement.

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