Behind the Holiday: Valentine’s Day

“If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime.” — Swedish proverb

The Soul of the Rose by John William Waterhouse

Valentine’s Day originally began as a Christian holiday that honored multiple early saints named Valentinus, or Valentine.

According to one account, Saint Valentine of Rome was a priest who was imprisoned for ministering to fellow Christians, who were persecuted under the rule of the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, Valentine was said to have miraculously healed the jailer’s blind daughter, who he later fell in love with. Before he was executed, he wrote her a farewell letter signed “Your Valentine.”

Valentine’s Day was first celebrated as a romantic holiday in 18th-century England, and lovers quickly adopted many of the traditions we still practice today; exchanging flowers, candy, and greeting cards that came to be known simply as “Valentines.”

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Quick Factsbreathtaking beauty

  • Roses are the most popular flower in the world, and red roses are the most popular color by far.
  • About 110 million roses are sold on Valentine’s Day every year.
  • The rose is the national flower of the United States as well as the state flower of New York, Iowa, North Dakota and Georgia.

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Floral Order Gatherers: What You Need to Know

An order gatherer is a business that accepts orders for floral arrangements but doesn’t fulfill the orders themselves because they aren’t actually a real florist. Instead, they try to pass the order along to a real florist like Graser’s while they tack on additional fees or bogus “service” charges that they keep for themselves.

At Graser’s, we don’t want to see anyone suffer the frustration and disappointment of unwittingly doing business with an order gatherer. Most people don’t know what order gatherers are or how to spot them, so we want to offer you some tips and information that will help you rest easy knowing who you’re ordering flowers from and that you’re getting your money’s worth.

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FLOROLOGY: The Poinsettia

Welcome to our first article on Florology! Today, we’re taking a closer look at the Poinsettia, the most popular Christmas plant.

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Poinsettias come in a rainbow of beautiful colors and patterns.


Scientific name: Euphorbia pulcherrima

Common names around the world:

  • Poinsettia (US)
  • Flor de Nochebuena (Mexico)
  • Flor de Pascua (Spain)
  • Crown of the Andes (Chile, Peru)
  • Atatürk’s Flower (Turkey)
  • Santa Claus’ Flower (Hungary)

National Poinsettia Day is celebrated on December 12th in the US.

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