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Floral Design Day – February 28, 2023

Floral Design Day celebrated on February 28, recognizes the art, history, and significance of floral designs. Did you know that floral designs are one of the important cultural art forms in the world? Yes, for thousands of years, floral design has been used in many forms across the world. Let’s explore a little more about this unique holiday and its origin!

History of Floral Design Day

The Floral Design Day was created with an idea to celebrate the wonderful art form of floral design and to honor the pioneer behind the growth and wide reach of floral arts in this world, Carl Rittner. The birthday of Rittner, February 28, 1914, is officially celebrated as the Floral Design Day in America every year.

The history of floral designs dates back to ancient Egypt, where the paintings, etchings, and carvings in tombs reveal bouquets made of lotus blossoms and buds. So, there is no doubt that humans have been involved in this art form from ancient days. 

The rapid reach of floral designs started when Rittner gained interest in floral arts. He attended Boston University, where he received his Master’s degree in Education. To spread this art worldwide, he started Rittner’s School of Floral Design in 1947. In 1995, the Governor of Massachusetts, William F. Weld, proclaimed February 28 as Floral Design Day.

From its opening until today, his school is teaching the many shapes and forms of floral designs to students across the world. They specialize in teaching floral designing and it is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Today, floral design has grown as a multibillion-dollar industry that includes floral arrangements for special events, bouquets for weddings and holidays, and many, and the contribution of Rittner is appreciated by many. Thus, this day is all about honoring and celebrating the art, beauty, and grace of floral arrangements and those involved in developing this unique art form. 

Floral Design Day timeline

1914
The Birth of a Pioneer

Rittner, a master in floral arts, is born.

1947
The Establishment of Floral School

Rittner opens a school for floral arts called Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston.

1995
It’s Official!

Governor Weld of Massachusetts makes this an official day.

2021
The School Grows in Popularity

With many people looking for entrepreneurial skills, floral designs catch up, and Rittner’s school becomes popular.

Floral Design Day FAQs

What are the eight principles of floral design?

The eight principles of floral design are balance, contrast, dominance, proportion, scale, harmony, unity, and rhythm.

Is a florist a floral designer?

A floral designer is an artist that uses plant materials and flowers to create pleasing designs, whereas a florist is a person that sells cut flowers.

What are the periods of floral designs?

The Early Republic Period from 1801 to 1830 A.D., the Romantic Period from 1830 to 1890 A.D., the Victorian Period from 1830 to 1901 A.D., and Art Nouveau from 1880 to 1925 A.D.

Floral Design Day Activities

  1. Show your skills

    Are you a hidden artist who is shy of showing your floral designs to the world? Consider this day as a wake-up call and share your artwork with the world.

  2. Teach someone how to do floral designs

    Are you someone who knows your way around flowers and designs? Great! Teach your friends and family about floral designs and try to train them.

  3. Learn about floral designs

    If you’re interested in floral designing, don’t think and start right away! It would be even better if you could learn from the legendary Rittners School of Floral Design.

5 Colorful Facts About Flowers And Floral Designs You Might Have Missed

  1. Humans can process designs much faster

    The human mind can process visual information like designs 60,000 times faster than text.

  2. Tulips were valuable than gold

    During the 1600s, tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in Holland.

  3. Flowers make the most expensive spice

    Saffron, the most expensive flavor spice in the world, comes from a type of crocus flower.

  4. Designs might be magic

    In ancient times, some forms of art were created purely for sacred purposes.

  5. Roses are related to apples

    Yes, roses, one of the most popular flowers in the world, are related to apples, raspberries, cherries, pears, and almonds.

Why We Love Floral Design Day

  1. It makes us creative

    Floral design day is a special day that encourages us to design and create something. This brings out the creative person in us!

  2. Everybody loves floral

    Floral designs can be a wonderful addition to any place, and they can capture different human feelings vibrantly. They provide great aesthetics for any environment.

  3. It brings us closer to nature

    Floral designs not only provide an endless array of design inspiration, but it also gives us a feeling that we are closer to nature. We are surrounded by nature, it is only fair to want to be closer to it.

Floral Design Day dates

YearDateDay
2022February 28Monday
2023February 28Tuesday
2024February 28Wednesday
2025February 28Friday
2026February 28Saturday

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