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Origin of Mother’s Day in the U.S. (and origins of the Phalaenopsis orchid)

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday…

Did you know…

Out of all the days of the year, Mother’s Day has become the most popular day to eat out at restaurants in the United States?

Mother’s Day in its present form was established by Anna Jarvis with the help of a Philadelphia Merchant, John Wanaker, after the death of her mother.

Jarvis then campaigned to have Mother’s Day become a national holiday

In 1910, Mother’s Day was proclaimed as an official holiday by the state of West Virgina — other states soon followed.

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a stamp that commemorated the holiday.

Anna Jarvis delivered 500 carnations at the first celebration in 1908 (they were her mother’s favorite flower).  This tradition of carnation flowers for mother’s day continues today…though I suspect most moms appreciate any and most types of flowers…orchids, roses or a nice bouquet of mixed flowers.

For me, roses and orchids are the favorites.

According to the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens website, Orchids (Orchidaceae) are the largest family of flowering plants, and there are over 50 species of Phalaenopsis alone. Pictured above is a popular newer Phalaenopsis cultivar.

There are many types of orchids native to the Philippines, and many of the orchids we see in the marketplace today  — especially of the Phalaenopsis hybrids — originated from the Philippines, Indonesia and other countries in southeast Asia.

In the Philippines, orchids are often sold at the market upside down like in this photo taken at at a festival marketplace. You take it home and place it in your own container or tie it to a post with growing mulch in your garden and backyard.

 Wishing all moms a restful day filled with love and appreciation!

And if you would like a unique gift container for mother’s day — especially for one-of-a-kind moms — visit our amenities bag and gift tote page

Here is a Phalaenopsis cultivar in one of our square weave (and square-shaped) gift tote, in the color Mango.

Right now, we have this square  gift tote in stock in the colors Mango, Rust Red, Eggplant, Cacao Brown, Orchid Pink and Natural.  It is perfect as an all around gift basket, whether for flowers, plants or for your one-of-a-kind mom’s favorite goodies and chocolates.

Please comment and let us know about YOUR favorite flower, and gift ideas for mother’s day.

—mj



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