Don’t Forget to Stop & Smell the Roses

Written by on March 28, 2012 in Celebrations, Families and Kids - No comments

During certain times in my life, I have been fortunate to have access to backyard gardens for personal “floral therapy.” But, living in bustling Manhattan, we all must express garden creativity with small—really small—patches of land. It’s true that most New Yorkers consider Central Park a community garden shared by all, just as the creators Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux intended. But locals in my neck of the woods must satisfy their private agrarian urges with tiny potted plants on steps, window boxes, or floral edgings around trees. But we make due.

As I strolled home the other day, walking the 2 or 3 miles from Midtown to the Upper East Side, I relished the minature gardens all around.  This reminded me of a vintage-inspired book that I came upon in my wedding work– I Do! I Do!, by Susan Waggoner which explained the particular “meanings” that popular have represented over the years.   And on this March day, the symbolism made the minute gardens even lovelier.

Consider the symbolism of some favorite flowers: daffodil….devotion; lavender….luck; dark pink rose….gratitude; bluebell…..gratitude; orchid….rare beauty; lily….majesty; violet….simplicity; light pink rose….grace; iris….warmth of affection.

Next time you notice a beautiful flower garden (large or small), consider the special meaning they represent to others and to you.

About the Author

Life-Cycle Celebrant Sarah Ritchie respects all faiths. She has received diplomas from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, USA, where she now serves as a faculty member. Sarah wants to lead the way in creating a ceremony that reflects you, your love, and all the things that you hold most dear in the world. She lives in New York City, but brings along a hospitality that she attributes to her home, Oklahoma. In addition to this work that she adores, she devotes herself to a variety of charities on issues relating to education, children, health, and the arts.

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