History of Flowers Arrangements

We all love flowers, how they can transform any room, how they smell, how they can make us feel. But who thought to put flowers in an arrangement? Why do we arrange them the way we do today? Where did the various styles come from? Lets explore the history of the flower arrangement.

It’s truly fascinating when exploring the history of flower arrangements, it was the ancient Egyptians that actually started arranging flowers. Egyptians were decorating with flowers as early as 2500 BCE and regularly placed cut flowers in vases and in highly styled arrangements. Flower arrangements were also used for burials, processions and simply to decorate their tables. Flowers used during this time were selected according to symbolic meaning and with an emphasis on a religious meaning.

The Greeks and Romans also used flowers and herbs for decorations. They didn’t commonly use vases but focused on using garlands and wreaths. They used a lot of plant based materials such as, olive branches and terracotta. It was also common for them to toss flower petals on the floors and beds. The most popular foliage used by the Greeks and Romans were acorns, oak leaves, ivy, parsley and laurel wreaths. The laurel wreaths were presented to winners of ancient Olympic competitions and in the home they symbolized a military victory. And just like the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans often used flower petals on the floors but and also at banquets.

The Chinese have a history of flower arrangements as well, dating as far back as the 207 BCE to 220 BEC in the Han era. Flowers were a component of religious teaching and medicine. Practitioners of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism would place flowers at their alters, a practice that dates back to 618 to 906 CE. During the Byzantine Empire (500-1453 CE) contributions to the flower arrangement were made as well. This would typically include a cone shape design. The foliage was also placed in chalices and urns, which were usually decorated with brightly coloured flowers and fruit. And the flowers that were commonly used in their arrangements were, lilies, cypress, coronations and pine.

Now lets take a look at what Europe was doing around 1100 CE. This was when it was popular in churches and monasteries to use flowers and plants for decoration. During the middle ages monasteries had gardens with pharmaceutical products needed for “cures.” They often had associations applying to a spiritual bases as well as a medical one. During the Renaissance you would see flower arrganmnts represented in paintings, they were a very impressive and popular art form.

Now if we want to skip ahead a little we can explore what they were doing during the Georgian and Victorian eras. These eras are when arrangements were becoming even more popular. And they were also much more formal, symmetrical and tightly arranged with a variety of flowers. Oriental design was also very popular and influential because of trade. Small handheld arrangements were common during this time and they were called tussie-mussies. Their purpose was to help mask the smells of the street, since they didn’t have proper drainage systems. People would carry these small arrangements with them as they walked around the city.

During the Victorian era it became fashionable to have flowers in the home. Large masses of flowers were placed closely and tightly into containers to create compact arrangements. These arrangements were asymmetrical and stacked tightly together. There was no defined style, they were often unplanned using many different colours. The tussie-mussie was still popular during the Victorian era to provide relief from the odours of the city. At the end of this period there were attempts to create proper arrangements, which became an artful skill/profession in Europe.

Finally we come to the Italian Renaissance, a period which helped to give an extra boost to the art of flower arranging in Europe. During this time there was a wide variety of arrangement styles that began to develop. By the 15th and 16th centuries, flower arrangements were much more common and a large variety of materials were available to make containers such as, marble, heavy Venetian glass and bronze. Flower arrangements made during this time also had a focus on creating colour contrast. Some popular flowers included, Lilies, pinks, iris, jasmine, pansies, French marigolds and rosemary.

Flower arrangements still serve many of the same purposes today as they did then. They are used for decoration, celebrations, memorials and sometime simply making someones day a bit brighter. We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief history on how it all began. Flowers hold a lot of emotions and can invoke emotions, they are beautiful and wonderful to have around. There doesn’t need to be a reason to have them in your home, it’s simply enough to just enjoy them everyday. 

 

Happy #Canada150!

This Canada Day is extra special because it marks the 150th Anniversary of our nation’s Confederation. On July 1st, celebrate Canada and reflect on how far our country has come in the last 150 years. Start the celebrations with this fun video from CBC showcasing 150 Facts About Canada in 150 Seconds!

Brant Florist wishes you all a very Happy Canada Day!

3 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday! If you live in Canada or perhaps have Canadian roots, it is definitely time to celebrate and there are no shortage of ways to show your Canadian pride and have fun!

Celebrate Canada With a Festive Floral Bouquet

Flowers are perfect for just about every celebration. A bouquet made with Canada’s national colours of red and white is particularly appropriate for Canada Day. A beautiful choice is this Hugs and Kisses Bouquet With Red Roses. The colour scheme jives perfectly with that of the Canadian flag. This lovely bouquet is made up of red roses, red mini carnations, pink carnations and white daisy spray chrysanthemums. Beautiful greenery finishes the display and the flowers are delivered in a lavish red vase.

Brant Florist Canada Day floral bouquet

Celebrate Canada with these gorgeous Red Miniature Carnations and White Daisies. This aesthetically stunning bouquet is carefully arranged to provide the ultimate visual impact. The flowers are grouped in a “d” glass cube. The rich red mini carnations and pure white daisies are the perfect hues to celebrate Canada’s birthday. Place a couple miniature Canadian flags in these flowers for a patriotic touch and proudly display them in your living room window, on your dining room table or another visible area.

Get out and celebrate Canada’s 150th by attending a family-fun event. There are so many events and activities happening right across the country and we’ve picked out a few of our top choices:

1. Enjoy Rendez-Vous 2017 in Quebec City

Head on out to Rendez-Vous 2017 to commemorate Canada’s history. This event takes place from July 18 to July 23 with more than 40 majestic Tall Ships sailing through various ports to reach Quebec City for a few days of fun-filled family activities! The historic Quebec City is the central rallying point for a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race that honours Canada’s 150th birthday. This is an amazing opportunity to experience the gorgeous Tall Ships in person.

2. Take in the La Machine Performance in the Nation’s Capital of Ottawa

Ottawa has a multitude of activities planned to celebrate. One of the more unique events is the La Machine performances, running between July 26 to July 30. Ottawa will play host to the North American debut as part of the yearlong celebration of our nation’s 150th birthday. La Machine is a science fiction story with some truly spectacular mechanical creatures roaming the streets of Ottawa. There is even a gigantic dragon that breathes fire! Great for all ages!

3. Visit Canada Place in Vancouver

Vancouver will welcome over one million people for this year’s Canada Place event between July 1 and July 3 to celebrate! The Canada Place event is the largest Canada Day celebration, aside from those in Ottawa. Fun events are planned for all ages including a sure-to-be spectacular fireworks show, the Canadian Forces Zone, a citizenship ceremony and plenty of yummy food trucks!

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

Floral bouquet for Canada Day by Brant Florist

Brant Florist is proud to be Canadian and we look forward to making your Canada Day celebration even more memorable with a gorgeous bouquet. Each of our floral arrangements is hand made with the ultimate attention to detail. Our team even provides a customized note with each bouquet to make it as personalized as possible. Contact us today and place your order by phone at 877-545-5535 , by e-mail at info@brantflorist.com or order online by visiting our website at www.brantflorist.com.   We accept most credit cards, Pay Pal and Interac Online. Order your flower bouquet from us today!

Surprise your Recent Graduate with a Beautiful Flower Arrangement

June has arrived and that means there are all sorts of new graduates! If you have a middle school, high school or college senior in your life, say congratulations for his or her academic achievements with a beautiful floral arrangement designed by Brant Florist.

Flower Arrangements for Recent Graduates

The graduate in your life will likely receive plenty of standard graduation gifts ranging from cash to gift certificates, gift cards, etc. Celebrate your daughter, son, nephew or niece’s academic accomplishments by doing something different. A flower arrangement from Brant Florist is a unique gift that will light up the graduate’s eyes and give him or her something truly pleasurable to enjoy. The best part is that flowers last much longer than a single day. They will be around for a while, providing your recipient with extended joy across the initial weeks of the summer.

Take a look at our selection of graduation flowers. Whether you are looking for roses, orchids, carnations, daisies or a flower-chocolate combination, we have them. The graduate in your life will absolutely adore our Rose Bouquet With Chocolates. Stunning pink roses with lush greens are grouped in a translucent glass vase. The flowers are complemented by eight pieces of delicious chocolates. This is the the graduation gift that will remembered forever.

Consider our Pastel Peace Basket. This flower collection has a little bit of everything from fuchsia gerbera daisies to lavender roses, purple larkspur, traditional daisies, pink miniature carnations and purple matsumoto. The flowers are grouped together in a beautiful white handled basket. This flower collection appeals to graduates of all backgrounds and interests. There really is something for everyone in this lovely basket.

Imagine walking across the stage, receiving a diploma, tossing your hat in the air and finding this Deeply Devoted Rose Bouquet upon returning home. This graduation gift is fairly simple and straightforward yet it makes a powerful impression. The roses are both bold and beautiful. You can select one, two or three roses. They will be shipped in a beautiful red or clear glass bud base.

If you are looking for an especially classy flower and vase combination, look no further than our popular Thoughts of You Roses in a Vase. It is one of our most visually stunning flower and vase gifts. This display of red roses is enough to impress every graduate, no matter how picky they are or expensive their tastes might be. The vase is a beauty in and of itself. Its sparkling aesthetic jives perfectly with the rich red roses and lush greenery.

The Brant Florist Difference

Pick out some flowers from our vast inventory and you will find we do things much differently than the rest of the crowd. Our floral experts go the extra mile with each flower order. We treat each floral arrangement as if it is being sent to one of our loved ones. Our team puts together every single flower arrangement by hand. We sweat all the subtleties to ensure your recipient is ecstatic with his or her new flowers. Our floral team even goes as far as adding a customized note to each flower arrangement.

Our mission is to custom tailor every flower delivery to put a lasting smile on each recipient’s face. This is the personalized flower bouquet the graduate in your life deserves. Contact us today and place your order by phone at 877-545-5535, by e-mail at info@brantflorist.com or order online by visiting our website at www.brantflorist.com.   We accept most credit cards, Pay Pal and Interac Online. Order your flower bouquet from us today!