Flowers, flowers everywhere over Mother's Day weekend
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Mon., May. 9, 2011
With warmer weather finally here and Mother’s Day just around the corner, Saturday, May 7, was prime time for local flower sales. The Janice Carlson Calvert Library hosted a sale in Franklin, and St. Peter’s Church held one in Hebron.
In Lebanon, American Legion Post 180 held its 19th annual flower sale on Mother’s Day weekend. Nineteen years ago, Legion members loaded 40 hanging plants into a pickup truck and started a tradition. This year, the sale boasted an estimated 160 hanging flowering annuals, along with a variety of perennial plants. All plants are locally-grown. The sale was a popular destination for local kids, with many stopping by on Saturday, still dressed in Little League uniforms, to pick up a gift for mom.
According to Proflowers.com, flowers have remained a top pick for Mother’s Day since Anna Jarvis honored her deceased mom by wearing a pink carnation to a May 10, 1908, church service that is widely regarded as the very first Mother’s Day observance. According to statistics compiled by the Society of American Florists, one-fourth of flower and plant purchases made for the holidays occur at Mother’s Day. Fresh flowers account for 63 percent of those purchases, with outdoor bedding and garden plants comprising 35 percent, flowering houseplants 22 percent, and green, indoor houseplants 12 percent.