Winter Storms in Atlanta Affecting Floral Delivery in Twin Cities

Updated: 02/14/2014 6:36 AM By: Brandi Powell

Tonka Delivery Pool in Roseville will deliver between 5,000 and 8,000 flowers for Valentine's Day in the Twin Cities.

But you might not get what you ordered, because of the bad weather down south.

In the flower business, this is the busiest time of year. “Valentine’s Day, is Valentine’s Day!” Lynn Grave exclaimed. He’s President of Tonka Delivery Food. Flowers arrive to the Tonka Delivery Pool distribution center. They’re organized and then loaded into delivery vans.

Getting orders to 100 small, local floral shops around the Twin Cities takes coordination. “Me and my sister, we run together. She drives, and I run the packages to the door,” Sam Carriere said. She’s a flower deliverer at Scott Carriere Floral.

“I have every year,” Nathan Grave answered, to the question about whether he was going to be able to deliver everything on time. Nathan Grave is the COO of Map Transportation, which works collaboratively with Tonka Delivery Pool.

But, this year, Josh Grave said, “It’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like [this].” Josh Grave is the CEO of Map Transportation. Winter weather down south is taking a shot at Cupid’s heart.

Lynn Grave said, “Atlanta is one of the largest hubs for all of the flowers coming in from South America and Miami, so obviously if Atlanta is shut down, there are a lot of people that are not getting their flowers.”

Many people might have their heart set on getting red roses for Valentine’s Day, but this year, you might be in for a big surprise. “It’s very possible some people are going to get carnations instead of roses,” Josh Grave said.

That’s not good for a business counting on happy hearts. “No, not good at all,” Grave said. “You’re going to have some pretty upset customers but there’s not much you can do if there’s an ice storm down in Atlanta.”

So they’re all plugging away, doing the best they can.

If you’re wondering what happens to all of those flowers in Atlanta, Tonka Delivery Pool staff says there will likely be some kind of discount worked out between the wholesaler and distributor.

Floral experts say if you haven’t ordered your flowers yet, don’t get them online. Instead, go in person to a local shop. If there are no more roses, get lilies. Or, even better, floral experts say get a spring-mix arrangement. They will last longer and are a better bang for your buck.