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The original idea behind Floral Design Day was an unique way to celebrate a special birthday of Carl Rittner, who founded the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston almost sixty years ago. Rittner was a pioneer in floral art education.

 

This would be a great time for your floriculture/floral design/horticulture class to show the importance of flowers and promote floral designers and floral designing as an art form.

Here are some suggestions to use in your class:

Have students research the importance of flowers to your local and state economy prior to Feb 28 so that you can use that information to promote the day.

Give teachers a carnation with a small write up about Floral Design Day and use information from research projects about the importance of flowers to the local and state economy.

Have students study the research about the benefits of flowers and present in class.

Prepare a special message about flowers to be delivered to the students and faculty over the intercom system.

Have a corsage designing contest.

Have a flower id contest for teachers and staff.  Set up in the teachers lounge and give prize to the teacher with the highest score.

Have students prepare a lesson about floral design and present it at the elementary school.

Have local florist come speak to your classes.

Prepare gift baskets and deliver them to local florist in the community to thank them for their dedication to floral design.

Have students volunteer at local retail/wholesale florist for the day.

Have students research the history of floral design.

Field trip to local florist or wholesale florist.

 

Here is the link to the research about how flowers promote emotional health and well-being.

http://www.aboutflowers.com/health-benefits-a-research.html

 

To learn more about the origin of Floral Design day and get free lessons and projects, check out these websites:

 

Origin of Floral Design Day and Ways to Celebrate

http://www.floralschool.com/floral-design-day.htm

Free floral lessons, project lesson, etc. related to Floral Design Day

http://www.craftsitedirectory.com/February2003.html

http://www.crayola.com/calendar/detail.cfm?event_id=125&year=2008

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/floraldesignday.htm

 

Please feel free to comment and share with us what your plans for Floral Design Day are.

 

Happy Floral Design Day!