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How Roses Became a Classic Valentine's Day Gift February 13, 2018

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How Roses Became a Classic Valentine's Day Gift, Salisbury, Pennsylvania

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show someone special how much you care, whether it’s a spouse, significant other, family member, or friend. Roses are among the most popular ways to celebrate this day, and people often flock their local florist to find the perfect bouquet. How did this tradition get started? You might be surprised that the flower’s history spans thousands of years.

Ancient Beginnings

Rose cultivation is believed to have started over 5,000 years ago in China. The flower spread across Asia and gained popularity in the Middle East, where it was used to make soaps, perfumes, medication, and confetti. Even the Romans grew elaborate rose gardens that were open to the public, sparking a fascination with the blossom that continues today.

Victorian Customs

roses Gap PARoses have long been a symbol of love, passion, and romance. The tradition of sending the flower on Valentine’s Day dates back to the Victorian era when people sent one another flowers to express their romantic interest. In the 19th century, a system known as floriography was developed to assign a specific meaning to a variety of popular blooms. Since red inspires passion and adoration, this color became the rose of choice to send as a declaration of one’s affection. 

Colors & Meanings

While red roses are customary on Valentine’s Day, they’re far from the only option. Pink expresses appreciation and grace, making it an ideal choice for a close friend or relative. Brighten someone’s day with a yellow bouquet—this hue is associated with friendship and happiness. Each of these colors can be enhanced with pure white roses, which symbolize innocence.


Let history inspire you this Valentine’s Day and guide you to the perfect bouquet of roses. Florals In Time in Gap, PA, is taking orders for the upcoming holiday. They offer a wide selection of elegant arrangements and gifts and will deliver them in time for your romantic celebration. Call (717) 442-4946 to schedule a delivery for your loved one, and visit their website to see examples of their beautiful designs. 

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