Category Archives: Floral History

Whats The Obsession with Pansy’s?


Though they are called pansy’sthese hearty little flowers are anything but wimpy. They are one of the toughest flowers, they are perfect for our climate, and thrive here in Canada. This little flower has inspired many a poem, picture and … Continue reading

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A WW1 Soldiers Pressed Flowers


This beautiful album full of pressed flowers documents one soldiers travels on the front lines of Europe during World War One.  As this is the centenary year for WW1, items from the time period are becoming quite popular with collectors. … Continue reading

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The History of the Corsage


It’s prom season! This, of course, means that florists will be busy making corsages and boutonnieres for high school students. Along with the shoes, the bag, hairstyle and makeup, corsages are a must-have fashion accessory for prom. Corsages can be … Continue reading

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Columbia – Land of Flowers


At Grower Direct we search the world in our efforts to bring our customers the finest flowers available. During the two decades Grower Direct has been retailing flowers we have developed a distinct fondness for flowers grown in Colombia, as … Continue reading

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How the Poppy came to be the Remembrance Day Flower


Everyone knows that the poppy is worn on Remembrance Day to commemorate those who have died while fighting for our freedom, but why the Poppy? And what is it’s significance to Remembrance Day? In 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote … Continue reading

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Flower Arranging is not a new art form


Horizontal, Vertical, Natural, Crescent, or my personal favorite “Formal Linear”…… just a few of the many styles of floral arranging. Like everything else in today’s modern world the “art” of flower arranging has been broken into categories with technical sounding … Continue reading

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Canada’s splashing about at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!


Every year the Royal Horticultural Society puts on one of Britain’s biggest flower shows; The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  This year the show runs from May 24th – 28th & is already sold out! The RHS was founded in 1804 … Continue reading

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Drink Chrysanthemum Tea!


History: Chrysanthemums have been cultivated for 2,000 years in China, where infusions of the leaves and flowers were used as medicine and fermented into wine. Chrysanthemums are used to make tea, rather than in wine infusion. Chrysanthemum tea has many … Continue reading

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Family Feud – Holly


In Celtic mythology, winter and summer were represented by twin kings, the “Holly King (winter) and the “Oak King” (summer). In the fall and early winter, the Holly King was the boss because the holly trees were the only greenery … Continue reading

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Where Did All the Flowers Come From?


By Carl Zimmer Published: September 7, 2009 NYTimes.com Throughout his life, Charles Darwin surrounded himself with flowers. When he was 10, he wrote down each time a peony bloomed in his father’s garden. When he bought a house to raise … Continue reading

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