Did you ever wonder how flower arranging began? You’d be surprised of who was first in adopting this tradition. Second and third people embracing flower arranging will also surprise you.
Although France is almost always thought of as the country with the most love for flowers, flower arranging didn’t start there. In fact, France got into the art of flower arranging quite late in the game.
The very first to cut and place flowers in vases in order to decorate and add colour to their environment (dating back to 2,500 BC) were the Egyptians. Their love for flower arranging persists to this day.
Second to follow suit were the Greeks and the Romans who added herbs and olive branches to their flower arrangements. The Romans’ favourite flower was the rose and arranging roses in vases for the dinner table was a particular favourite activity due to the rose’s fragrance.
The third population of florists, who consider the profession with great respect and honour, are the Chinese. The most sought after and loved flower in China was (and remains to be) the Peony.
Europe adopted this art quite a bit later and the first Country who showed interest and began arranging flowers was Italy who introduced adding herbs as a sign of spirituality. Italy was also the first to draw/paint flowers on their paintings during the Renaissance.
United States followed suit by trending large, tall flowers in tall vases as a sign of wealth and success.
Centuries have passed, but one thing remains: flowers arranging is a timeless art and will continue to be an important profession for centuries to come.