May 6, 2011
seek flowers and plants from Kates wedding bouquet
keen to buy flowers and plants that match Kate Middletons
bouquet have been flocking to a Brent Knoll garden centre this
Sanders Garden World says it has received "hundreds of requests"
from customers keen to have similar wedding flowers or plants
in their gardens reflecting the Duchess of Cambridges interest
General Manager Peter Burks told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Weve
had so many enquiries now about the Language of Flowers and flower
and plant meanings that weve produced a poster and a flyer
for people to take away when they visit us."
"The Duchess bouquet and the flowers and trees that
decorated Westminster Abbey all reflected her interest in the
Language of Flowers or floriography."
"We have created a list of Kates wedding bouquet plants
to help people in their search for information on these flowers
and plants. However, at this time of year, the one thing people
are going to have trouble finding are hyacinth. This must have
been grown especially for her."
The Language of Flowers was devised by the Victorians to help
people show their affection florally.
The floral displays in Westminster Abbey featured a variety of
seasonal growing and cut British flowers and trees sourced from
Royal Estates and other growers around the country.
The floral displays in the Abbey included eight 20 feet-high trees:
six English field maple and two hornbeam. In the Language of Flowers
field maples symbolise reserve and humility and hornbeams represent
said: "Flowers have been given meanings for centuries. The
Romantic poets such as Keats and Wordsworth were responsible for
promoting them, but it wasnt until the Victorian era that
a social code for flowers was devised."
"In the 19th century flowers were used as a secret code between
lovers, relatives and friends with each gift of a plant or bouquet
bearing a specific message."
Lists were put together showing meanings for each flower and plant.
Coded bouquets became all the rage. In fact many flowers have
messages that originated in the Language of Flowers that dates
back several hundred years prior to the Victorian era. It was
a method of communication without inking the fingers
that originated in Turkey in the 1600s.
The garden centre is offering people the opportunity to find out
more about the Victorian code throughout May.
Peter added: "Kates bouquet was a shield-shaped wired
arrangement of myrtle, lily of the valley, sweet William and hyacinth.
It was designed by florist Shane Connolly and draws on important
links for the Royal family, the Middletons and on the Language
"The floral meanings are: Lily of the valley return
to happiness, sweet William gallantry, hyacinth
constancy of love, ivy fidelity, marriage, wedded love,
friendship and affection and myrtle the emblem of marriage
"The bouquet contained stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne
House in the Isle of White by Queen Victoria in 1845. A sprig
was used in the Queens wedding bouquet in 1947. Myrtle was
first carried by Queen Victorias eldest daughter, Princess
Victoria, when she married in 1858 and was used to signify the
traditional innocence of a bride."