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Floral Design Day

Flowers and floral arrangements and other art floral art forms are used to decorate homes, offices, churches, hospitals, hotels and motels, malls, and other places where people live, work, worship, and congregate for any reason.

February 28th is celebrated each year as Floral Design Day. The purpose of Floral Design Day is to recognized the talents and skills of the people who work in the floral design industry and highlights the beauty of flowers and plants.

Live flowers and decorative plants, paintings of flowers and floral arrangements, artificial floral arrangements, floral prints, floral printed wall paper, and other forms of floral decorations is a billion dollar industry.

Flowers and plants have a unique impact on our lives even though we don't always notice or appreciate them. They are everywhere and learning to work with them as an art form can be very pleasurable and rewarding.

Floral Design Day is celebrated on February 28 in honor of Carl Rittner, founder of The Rittner School of Floral Design. Rittner, a pioneer in floral art design, started his school in Boston, Massachusetts over 60 years ago.

Rittner's goal was to encourage people to look at floral design as a serious form of art that requires skill, finesse and the ability to bring artificial and cut flowers and plants to life.

In 1995, Governor William F. Weld of Massachusetts proclaimed February 28, Rittner's' birthday, a holiday. It is intended to commemorate and promote floral art and to acknowledge the positive impact that it has had on people for thousands of years.

Floral art is a billion dollar industry that transcends all segments of society and builds bridges that connect people, places, and things. It can be a source that helps promote love, friendship, and harmonious relationships.

Below is the 1995 proclamation making Floral Design Day a holiday in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
By His Excellency



WHEREAS Flowers and their design have been appreciated and enjoyed throughout the world since prehistoric times and

WHEREAS Floral design is a unique art form, utilizing natural media and applying such variables as line, balance, color, structure & symbolism, and

WHEREAS Through floral design, individuals are able to express many emotions including love, sympathy, friendship and hope, and

WHEREAS Floral design provides visual pleasure and adds to the observance of personal events, including birth, marriages and deaths and

WHEREAS Floral design fosters creativity, enhances communication and develops perceptual awareness:

Now, therefore I William F. Weld, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts do hereby proclaim February 28th, 1995 as


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

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