Remembering Anna Jarvis + the Significance of Mother's Day

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When it comes to celebrating holidays, so many of us don't know the meaning of why or where or how many of our most popular holidays started. We often get wrapped up in just going along with the traditions, the gift-giving, the decorations, dinner plans and so on... that we often don't acknowledge a holiday's original, sentimental value.

Let's take Mother's Day, for instance. This holiday came about in the early 20th century. It was officially declared a national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. Why? Because of Anna Jarvis. And who is Anna Jarvis? She was a social activist and founder of Mother's Day. Annnnddd she come up with this holiday because...? Because she really loved her mom and wanted to honor and celebrate her and the other awesome moms in her community. And why should we care? Ummm... because if it wasn't for our moms, none of us would be here.

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Anyway, Anna's idea of Mother's Day became an instant hit, so much so, that people naturally wanted to capitalize on her idea because who doesn't like money?! But sadly, this made Anna kind of go crazy and obsess over the holiday as she struggled to keep it away from people "using a beautiful idea as a means of profiteering.” She was losing an uphill battle against all of the confectionary, greeting card, and flower businesses out there. It's ironic that the founder of Mother's Day became so irritated with the movement she fought to create in the first place. There's more to it all, so take a sec to READ MORE ABOUT HER STORY HERE.

Being a florist, learning about Anna's story was kind of a bummer. Commercialism took away from something that was supposed to be a simple gesture of appreciation and turned into a $20.7 billion holiday. Anna had once mentioned that she used to only pay half a penny for a white carnation, which was the flower she declared as the "official" Mother's Day flower. Just a couple years later, the carnation was marked up to 15 cents each (damn!) as the holiday started to become popular. 

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Flowers cost a pretty penny (more like 5,000 - 10,000 pretty pennies these days). We can't really change history, but we still wanted to come up with an idea to help keep Anna from rolling in her grave this May 13th while still being able to participate in a holiday that is supposed to be all about honoring and thanking our moms and other motherly figures in our lives. We are florists and love Mother's Day, and yeah, it's good for business. We can't deny that. But there is ALWAYS an opportunity to give while still "profiteering." This year, we wanted to offer a BUY ONE, DONATE ONE when ordering with 1209. 


When you buy aN arrangement from us for your mom (or for the lovely Woman who is like a Mother to you), we will make another one to donate to a mom at La Siena senior community

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Where is this place? La Siena is an assisted living community in Phoenix, off of Northern Ave. and 12th Street.

So why there? This assisted living community is where my Nana Jean lives now. She is one of the lucky residents who gets visitors and her family lives close by to hang or take her out wherever she wants to go, but not all of the residents get this sort of attention. Not to be grim, but I imagine that to feel very lonesome. We thought that maybe bringing some beautiful and bright-colored flowers to the moms at La Siena would create for a more special day, and we hope you think so too.

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How much is this going to cost ? $55.00 each and totally worth it.

What colors will it be? Pink. This color signifies unconditional love and nurturing.

What flowers will there be? We will be using a mix of ranunculus, roses and peonies. We will make each arrangement to look like the image above, or as close to it as possible (flowers are a part of Mother Nature, so nothing is guaranteed).

When is the last day to order? Last day to order will be Sunday, May, 6th. We can't help procrastinators, sorry.

When and where is pickup? All orders will need to be picked up on Saturday, May 12th between noon-2pm. Pickup location is in central Phoenix. Address will be disclosed when your order is made and paid for. No deliveries!! 

When is Mother's Day again? Sunday, May, 13th. Don't forget!