StPatricksDay1-RittnerThe history behind this holiday is fascinating. St Patrick’s original name was Maewyn Succat, and he was most likely Scottish in origin. After being enslaved, he developed a strong sense of faith. He was undoubtedly a great teacher, and strong evangelist and used visual aids, such as the shamrock, to explain the trinity and promote Christianity in Ireland.

Many folks think of St Patrick’s Day as a day to celebrate being Irish and Irish Culture. While that is true, this holiday has gone far beyond that. Although it is celebrated throughout the world, St. Patrick’s Day in the United States has come to represent the best of our pluralistic American society. It has become a community-wide event where the Irish welcome everyone regardless of ethnicity and religion to join them in celebration. As the common phrase goes… “You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!”

St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful excuse for a party, and floral gifts and floral decorations enhance any celebration. With the traditional St. Patrick’s Day colors of green and white, there is a huge range of flower options for St. Patrick’s Day. Not only are there dyed green flowers, but there are also flowers with natural green hues, such as Fuji mums, ‘Green Trick’ dianthus and Athos Poms. Pair the greens with white from roses, tulips, carnations, miniature carnations, snapdragons or Fuji mums.

Going back to green flowers … one of my favorite green flowers is the Bells of Ireland. This amazing flower twists and turns. It is a must-have for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Your florist can add fun symbolic motifs to dress up whimsical St. Patrick’s Day flowers, such as shamrocks and leprechaun hats. Talk about a conversation starter.

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On the other end of the spectrum, St. Patrick’s Day floral arrangements can take a more subdued, sophisticated approach.

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Talk with your local florist who can design green and white St. Patrick’s Day flowers in the style that best suits your celebration.