Monday, February 13, 2012

The Language of Flowers

Tonight on #gardenchat Monday sheduled event we welcome Geri Laufer ( @gardengeri )

About Tonight's Topic By Geri Laufer: 
The Language of Flowers was used to convey messages without pen and paper. Every flower and herb has a meaning in the Language of Flowers. All of us know some of the meanings, for example, the strength of a mighty oak, or extending the olive branch for peace. Red Roses for Valentines means I love you.  Now realize ALL the flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs, many of the houseplants, etc. have floral symbolism attached. The Language of Flowers has a long history, and there were/are many books published on the topic in the 1800s and 1900s with glossaries of these meanings.  I did a lot of research and wrote my own book too. 

It's so fun to make and send your own floral message using garden flowers and herbs made into a tussie-mussie, a small bouquet of flowers and herbs where each has a meaning.  By choosing several of these, you can send a message! Write out the meanings on a card when you give a tussie-mussie as a gift to bride, graduate or new baby.  


About Tonights Guest Host: 
Geri has gardened all her life from age 4 1/2 (her book, Tussie-Mussies, is dedicated to her Gardening Grandmother).  She earned Master of Science degree in Horticulture from Rutgers University
and was a Georgia Cooperative Extension Agent.  Geri was on the team that founded the Master Gardeners program in Georgia and  has taught 7 different courses in Environmental Horticulture for Gwinnett Tech.  

Follow Geri on Twitter at @gardengeri

This #herbchat administrator is the founding President of  the Chattahoochee Unit (Atlanta chapter) of the Herb Society of America.  Her home gardens have been on 2 National Garden Tours and 3 local, the gardens are in books and magazines and her 2-acre landscape garden in the 1990s was chosen "Best Garden in Georgia" in the Large Garden Category by the Federated Garden Clubs. Geri Laufer is a life member of Garden Writers Association and was the Public Relations Manager for the Atlanta Botanical Garden for 11 years.  Today Ms. Laufer  has her own public relations and social media firm for horticulture companies is called a "Floral Poet" in the Language of Flowers

Read more about Geri at :

Tonight's Giveaway 

A lucky participant from tonight's #gardenchat is going to win a copy of Geri Laufer's book  
'Tussie-Mussies: The Victorian Art of Expressing Yourself in the Language of Flowers'.  

Monday 02/13 @gardengeriis donating 'Tussie-Mussies: The Victorian Art of Expressing Yourself in the Language of Flowers'.  Please stop by her site to view more about Geri. 

To qualify in this drawing that will take place on 02/13/2012 follow the easy steps below: 

1.)  Be sure to follow @TheGardenChat and @gardengeri and tweet out :  #LanguageofFlowers on #gardenchat tonight, Valentine's topic 9PM ET with @TheGardenChat and @gardengeri"

2.)  Comment on this blog and share hat your favorite flower is and how it speaks to you.

3.) Follow the #gardenchat tweets during Monday #gardenchat 02/13/2012  to see if your name is picked at 9:55 p.m. ET

4.) Name drawn at 9:55 p.m. ET must send shipping information to @theGardenchat or @BG_garden by Midnight02/13/2012.

* is used to select the name from this blog post at 9:55 p.m. ET.  2012 @TheGardenChat is not responsible for the product being donated to this event.  Winner must message @TheGardenChat their shipping information by 02/13/2012  MIDNIGHT in order to receive this item.  IF we do not receive your shipping information at that time you are will forfeit the product.

Questions or Concerns ?  Please leave a comment on our blog post and we will respond as soon as possible. 


Suellen said...

My favorite flower is freesia. I actually love the scent! Most of my favorite blooms are very fragrant.

jchapstk said...

My favorite flower is the rose, Fragrant Cloud. That smell triggers such warm fuzzy memories. Even thinking about the smell triggers fond memories.

Mona said...

My favorite flower is Cecil BRunner reminds me of my honeymoon because we bought this sweetheart rose on our way home .......

SolakNC said...

I'm a sucker for nostalgia, so my favorites are pass-along Daylilies via my sister from our parents' yard, and annual Catchfly, who's seed dates back to my wife's great aunt. And, if I had known 40 years ago that I'd have this kind of interest in gardening, I would have propagated cuttings from our parents' Azaleas, which themselves were cuttings from the original Azaleas planted at the Catholic Monastery in Washington DC.

gardengeri said...

Bren that is such a nice intro and Bio- thank you so much! Geri

Cory, Aquarian Bath said...

I love lavender.. it say "calm down" : )

Susan Hemann said...

How exciting, I love talking the language of flowers and love tussie-mussies!!

Mona said...

my favorite flower is the sweetheart rose...Cecile Brunner. we bought it on our honeymoon so it reminds me of our marriage...and our love for each other

Garden Hoard said...

My favorite flower is the balloon flower because I like to pop the blooms when they're about to open! hehe

QuinGem said...

I love carnations. They were my grandfather's favorite flower & remind me of him.

AppyandAwyna said...

Wow so many to choose from. But love a fragrant flower! Peonies one of my favorite!

Mona said...

where do I send my info? since I am the winner....whoo excited to win..