3 Things to Know about National Floral Design Day

In culmination of National Floral Design Day, we celebrate nature’s very own canvas as it inspires us to create vibrant and elegant arrangements. From bouquets to paintings, we would like to honor the event by sharing an insight into the art and significance of floral designs.

What is Floral Design?

Floral design is the art of using blossoms to create or inspire charming compositions. We can see evidence of this as far back as Ancient Egypt, with the prominence of the water lilies in the Nile. Professionally designed floral designs, arrangements or artworks don’t just simply follow the elegant architecture of a flower, but also observe the Principles of Floral Design: Balance, Proportion, Rhythm, Contrast, Harmony and Unity.


Rittners School of Floral Design thought it’d be a wonderful idea to showcase the majesty blossoms have added to human culture. February 28 marks the birthday of Carl Rittner, who founded the school in Boston over sixty years ago and a highly-admired innovator of the art form. The holiday was officially recognized in 1995 by Governor Weld of Massachusetts.

The Hidden Message of Flowers

For the thousands of years that our culture has been influenced by blooms, they gradually gained their own identity. Whether they originate from traditions and fairy tales or scientific fact, each flower held a secret message for the beholder to interpret. Here are some of the more popular flowers and the messages they convey.


From countless books, movies, theater acts, and many more, the red rose has become the very icon of romance, passion, and love. With over 100 species and a wide spectrum of colors, the above meaning slightly changes with each new shade. For example, the lighter hue of pink roses signifies a gentler message, while the intense color of orange roses implies a stronger passion than others.


While sharing many similarities to the rose’s symbolism, the Tulip offers you a symbol for love between family members. This interpretation, however, is relatively recent and the flower has received numerous meanings throughout the years among different cultures. The Turkish saw these blossoms as the icon for paradise, while the Victorians thought of charity.


Traced back to ancient Greece, this blossom’s beauty was said to even entice the gods to help humans through supernatural occurrences. In the middle ages, France saw its vibrant purple hue as a representative of royalty and nobility. That eventually led to today’s understanding, with many virtues associated with those in power: such wisdom, valor, and respect.

What is your favorite flower? Do you relate to its secret meaning? Tell us about it in the comments below!


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