Thursday, May 24, 2012

Memorial Day Flowers

This Memorial Day, The Secret Garden is participating in the MemoriaI Day Flowers program. Across the United States, 120 retail florists will hand out roses to visitors at their local cemeteries. At Arlington National Cemetery 50,000 roses and 1,000 bouquets will be given out.

We will hand out 400 roses at Graceland Cemetery. Each visitor will receive two roses; one to place on the headstone and another to take home in memory.

We will be at Graceland on Saturday from 9am - 11am and will have roses for the first 50 visitors that day.
On Monday we will be at Graceland from 9am - 12pm and will have roses for the first 150 visitors that day.
We will be setting up close to the Boy Scouts.  When you pick up your flag from them be sure to pick up your roses from us.
We will also have roses at the shop (1215 E. Pershing Rd.) from 9am - 2pm on Monday for the first 25 people to come in to the shop.
We will notify everyone on Facebook when we are out of roses so be sure to check the page if you are coming late in the day.  We do not expect them to last long.

We would like to extend a Thank You to those that made this all possible.  The fine growers at Rosaprima for their generous donation of these beautiful roses.  Air Condition Roses in Pana for receiving them for us and getting them safely to our shop.  And Graceland Cemetery for allowing us to be part of their Memorial Day Celebration.

Now a little back story.  About 6 months ago I noticed a post on one of my favorite florists sites.  It was about Memorial Day Flowers and what they were wanting to do.  I quickly responded that our shop would love to take part.  I was excited to get the call that we had been excepted into the program.  To me this is just a small thing we can do to honor those who have given all for our country.  Not only that but I believe that flowers play a large part in the grieving process.  For all of the people honoring loved ones this weekend I hope that this will help ease their pain and make their day just a little easier.  That is what I really love about the program.  The fact that they not only get to place a flower on the grave of a loved one but that they also get to take one home to have just a little comfort on such a difficult day. 

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