Monday, April 19, 2010

Gearing up for another busy season

Mother's Day is on the way and we have already started the count down here at the store.  We are figuring out ways to say I love you, Thanks Mom, and Happy Mother's Day!  We have started designing this years unique arrangements.  These arrangements are exclusive to The Secret Garden and hand made by our designers.  This year we have decided to honor our Moms by naming the arrangements after them!  
We will have, Linda's Loving Blooms, Betty's Touch of Elegance, Billie's Lady Bug Landing, and Evelyn's Butterfly Garden.  These designs will be of limited quantity and we suggest you order early! 
Mother's Day is a day to tell your mom that you love and appreciate all she has done for you.  Mom's young and old look forward to all of those fun hand made crafts from kids and grandchildren.  If the day of Macaroni art are behind you we can help!
Mother's day had it's start in early greek times and found a home here in America over 150 years ago.  It has changed and evolved into one of the most loved Holidays of our time.   Here is the full story brought to you by
Contrary to popular belief, Mother's Day was not conceived and fine-tuned in the boardroom of Hallmark. The earliest tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, mother of Christ. In England this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday.

In the United States, Mother's Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it "Mother's Work Day."

Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else.

In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said, "I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother's day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers."

Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna's mother in 1908, at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother's favorite flower, the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother's Day. In 1914 Anna's hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday.

At first, people observed Mother's Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing gift-giving activity associated with Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed that the day's sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. In 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's Day festival, and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for a war mother's group. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed that she regretted ever starting the mother's day tradition.

Despite Jarvis's misgivings, Mother's Day has flourished in the United States. In fact, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers.

So this Mother's Day make sure you take a moment to tell your mother how much she means to you. 
For those of you who have suffered the loss of your mother we are very sorry for your loss and encourage you to spend the day with your memories.  We offer a wide assortment of memorials that will let you express your love.  

We will post some great pictures later today of our Mother's Day 2010 collection!  Thank you for stopping in.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tulip Giveaway!

Due to an ordering mishap we are in Tulip Trouble!  So to remedy the situation we have decided to hold a Tulip giveaway!  Every day for the next week we will be giving away a beautiful lavender Tulip.

3 Ways to Enter ~
  • Place an order and you are instantly entered to win
  • Stop in and register to win
  • Email us at: with your name, address and phone number to register
We will post the winner each day at: so fan our page and see if you have won!  

If you wish to purchase a tulip for yourself or someone else simply call the store at: 875-9038 or stop in and see us to get a special tulip price!
Tulip in green pot - $15.00
Tulip Foil Wrapped with bow - $21.99
Tulip in basket with bow - $25.99

Don't wait to enter!  The first tulip we be given away around 4pm Monday the 5th and the last tulip will be given away on Saturday April 10th.

The fine print ~ No purchase needed to enter.  Tulips need to be picked up at the shop no later then April 14th.  If you choose to have your tulip delivered then delivery fees will apply.  Local delivery and pick up only. 

Thank you for checking out our offer.  We hope you have a great week!


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