Giving flowers on Mother’s Day has been a part of the modern Mother’s Day holiday from the start. Ironically the commercialization of flower industry, is one of the factors that made the holiday’s creator end up hating Mother’s Day.
Early Christians believed that the first carnation bloomed when Mary wept for Jesus as he carried the cross on the way to his crucifixion. In one of the earliest Mother’s Day celebrations Anna Jarvis (who most historians credit as the creator of Mother’s Day), sent 500 white carnations to Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in West Virginia, to be distributed to the mothers in attending the ceremony. Over the years as the celebration grew in popularity, the number of flowers increased, and Mrs Jarvis is reported to have sent over 10,000 carnations.As the holiday grew nationwide, the tradition of wearing carnations expanded as well. If your mother is alive you are traditionally supposed to wear a colored carnation, if she has passed on, you are supposed to honor her by wearing a white carnation. As the commercialization of Mother’s Day increased with greeting cards, candy and floral industry “taking over”, Anna Jarvis became disillusioned with the holiday. In 1934 the US Postal service was planning to issue a commemorative Mother’s Day stamp with the image of Whistler’s Mother and white carnations. Due to intense lobbying from Anna Jarvis the words “Mother’s Day” were replaced with “In Honor of the Mother’s of America”. Mother’s Day went on to become one of the busiest days for floral industry. Anna Jarvis spent the end of her life bankrupt and living in a nursing home, the Florists Exchange secretly paid for her care.
It is estimated that American’s will spend almost 2 billion dollars on flowers for Mother’s Day. The majority of the flowers will come from California followed by Columbia. According to FTD 76% of Mother’s would like to receive flowers for Mother’s Day (although we think they may be a little biased). Traditionally cut flowers are the most popular, however planted arrangements are becoming more popular, allowing the gifts to be replanted in the garden.