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“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” —Iris Murdoch

It’s spring—time to celebrate new growth, fresh foliage, and flowers! Beautiful blossoms delight. Whether it’s a dynamic, even raucous, sculpture garden, a recently reinvigorated rose collection, or a quiet public landscape filled with fragrance, spaces filled with flowers are joyful gathering places that mark the shifting seasons, nurture our spirits, and trigger wonderful memories.

A gift of flowers carries great meaning. The decorous—some might say repressed—Victorians developed an entire language by which couples could send secret messages with bouquets of carefully chosen blossoms. And their intentions were not always friendly; a recipient thought to be vain might be demurely chastened with a clutch of spring daffodils. Thankfully, such passive aggressive motives are but a quaint anecdote these days (I hope). Today, we openly celebrate, or mourn, with flowers. Read on to ...

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