Feb 28th is Floral Design Day.
Floral Design Day was proclaimed by Governor Weld in 1995. It was originally intended to celebrate a special birthday of Carl Rittner, the founder of The Rittners Floral School in Boston.
Rittners Floral School in Boston is one of the first private modern floral design schools in North America. Carl Rittner introduced the application of modern educational techniques and theory to teaching floral art as an art form, over sixty years ago. The standard way of learning floral designing up to that time was through lengthy and often unpleasant apprenticeship approaches. (Some unfortunate souls still try to learn floral designing that way!)
What better way to celebrate Carl Rittner’s life and accomplishments than by a holiday celebrating floral designing. But the holiday has evolved beyond a birthday celebration…. Floral design as an art has developed for thousands of years, and in the context of the 21st Century, is more vibrant and varied than ever, with an even greater assortment of tools, approaches and techniques available to the floral designer today than ever before. It is certainly worthy to celebrate as an art.
Regardless of changes that occur in our society the natural beauty and appeal of flowers is still as strong as ever. Their design can can be both intricate and incredibly enjoyable….. Viewing and enjoying their design is quite satisfying. And there is still a difference between a floral designer who really knows what s/he is doing, and the hobbyist who simply drops a few stems into a vase and poses.
Floral art remains an incredibly vital and dynamic way to express feelings and to shape space and create atmosphere. Important events in our life such as courtship and marriage and the various holidays of the year, rely upon floral designers to make them extra special.
An impressive body of knowledge has been accumulating, proving empirically that flowers are not just a luxury. Indeed, they have very tangible benefits for human well being such as decreasing anxiety, reducing depression, and making people feel so much better. At Rittners Floral School we have found that even the process of learning floral designing can be therapeutic in its own right…..
In our opinion the the need for floral art to bring about positive social good remains stronger than ever before.
Best of all, floral designing is fun!
We wish you a very happy Floral Design Day 2011