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Flowers in the Arts

Beautiful Flower Tattoos and What they Symbolize

June 26, 2019
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From love and friendship to joy and happiness, flowers have held symbolic meaning since before the Victorian Era. So it’s no surprise that over the years, flowers have been incorporated into everything from jewelry to clothing, and most recently, tattoos. And while they certainly look stunning on men and women’s skin, these flower tattoos have exploded in popularity over the past few years for reasons beyond just their beauty.

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11 Ways to Bring Flowers to Music Festivals

May 31, 2017

There’s only one thing on any young adult’s mind after they buy a ticket to the latest music festival — “what will I wear?” Over the years, music festivals have become just as much about the fashion as they are the music. And while festivals have been responsible for bringing back numerous fashion styles (thank you Coachella for bringing back boho-chic!), no trend has been more popular than flower inspired outfits.Friends giving piggy backs through music festival campsite

Let’s kickoff music festival season with 11 ways you can incorporate flowers into your favorite festival looks.

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Roses in Pop Culture Movies and Stories

February 4, 2017

For years, directors and creators have relied on roses to tell a story in ways that words never could. While you may assume roses just symbolize love and romance, storytellers have long used the rose as a metaphor for everything from lust to destruction and rebirth. Below are some of our favorites films and stories where roses play an important role.

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American Beauty

It’s hard to watch American Beauty and not stare in awe at the use of roses throughout the film – filling bathtubs, on the coffee table and growing outside of the house. Initially, it appears as though roses represent love, lust and passion. While that may be true, the rose has been said to hold a deeper meaning in the film. Based on the tagline “Look closer,” it’s believed that roses symbolize the decay of American suburban life – as the films main (and married) character, Lester Burnham, begins to fantasize about being with his daughter’s best friend. The roses used for the film were chosen specifically because they are susceptible to rot, mirroring the family that began pure and whole, but is now falling apart. Continue Reading…

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History and Traditions of Flowers in Dance

November 10, 2016

Nothing makes dancers smile more after a performance than showering them with bouquets of flowers! Whether it is their first or last dance recital, gifting them with flowers after a flawless performance is a traditional gesture to express how proud you are of their dancing achievements.

For years, ballerinas have been presented with beautiful robust bouquets at curtain call as a congratulatory gift for their exceptional performance. Over the course of this tradition, certain rules have been established to ensure successful performances and equality among the dancers.

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Flowering Cacti: An Interview with Greg Krehel, the “Echinopsis Freak”

September 16, 2016

Here at, we love cacti and flowers, which means we especially love flowering cacti. We came across some of Greg Krehel’s amazing timelapse videos of echonopsis cactus flowers during their blooming cycle and had SO many questions. Luckily, Greg was able to answer some of these for us and we thought you may be interested in Greg’s impressive artwork, too!

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Symbolic Flowers in Movies

July 16, 2016

Flowers can be symbolic in a number of ways and for a number of a reasons, but one of our favorites is the use of flowers in movies. From the type of flowers used to their placement throughout films, many directors have relied on flowers to give beautiful meaning to their movies, and we think they have certainly succeeded! Below, we’re sharing our top 10 films where flowers played a significant role.

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single-long-stem-red-rose-infinityBeauty and the Beast

In Disney’s classic Beauty and the Beast, the rose is used to symbolize love and the ability to love. For those who are unfamiliar with the movie, the beast is told that the enchanted rose will bloom until he turns 21 years old, and if he is able to learn to love again before it died, the spell placed on him would be broken.

The Wizard of Oz

In 1939, Judy Garland amazed us all with her performance in The Wizard of Oz, but we were also equally amazed with the famous poppy flower scene. One of the most vibrant scenes of the film, Dorothy is found sleeping in a large field of scarlet poppies, which have long been used to represent sleep and peace throughout history. Continue Reading…

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Famous Artists Who Were Also Flower Enthusiasts

May 12, 2015

Throughout history, flowers have been an inspiration to all who understand their value and beauty. From literature to fashion and even to financial bubbles (see: Tulip Mania), flowers of all varieties have made their way into elements of culture. One of the most prevalent ways to see the influence of flowers is through art. To celebrate the effect on flowers on art, here are four famous artists who were also flower enthusiasts!

Artists with Flower Paintings

Claude Monet

Fans of Monet know that it is not just his Impressionist style that is instantly recognizable; his appreciation of nature as both inspiration and as a subject matter is just as widely known. In fact, many would find it difficult to think about Monet’s greatest works without instantly thinking of his garden-inspired series, which was painted in his famous “Monet’s Gardens,” pictured below.

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The Origin of April Showers Bring May Flowers

March 9, 2015

april-showers-bring-may-flowers-tulipsOnce April 1st comes around, it’s time to take out of storage those rain boots, umbrellas, ponchos and of course – vases for your spring flowers. The age-old saying “April Showers Bring May Flowers” still holds true today. But just how did this fun saying originate? Today we’re diving into the history of this poem and prepping for the rainy months ahead of us!

April Showers Bring May Flowers: A History

The poem as we know it today originated all the way in 1157, in the form of a short poem written by Thomas Tusser. The poem can be found in the April section of a collection of his writings titled, “A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry.” The poem goes as follows:
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Art in Bloom: A Closer Look at Jeff Koons’ Split Rocker

August 4, 2014

jeff-koons-split-rocker-rockefeller-centerHalf toy rocking horse, half dinosaur rocking horse, towering at 37 feet and adorned in over 50,000 flowering plants, Jeff Koons’ exhibit, Split Rocker, seems like something from a fairy tale.

In an interview with The Fondation Beyeler, Koons describes his work of art as “…a division where these two forms don’t go together, but it also represents a unity, because the only way this split really exists is by experiencing it. If you try in any other form…you can never really replicate it.”

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