Mother’s Day: A little history…
The earliest Mother's Day celebrations we know of were ancient Greek spring celebrations in honor of Rhea, the mother of the gods. But those were in honor of one particular mother. England's "Mothering Sunday," begun in the 1600's, is closer to what we think of as "Mother's Day." Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, "Mothering Sunday" honored the mothers of England.
In 1907 Anna Jarvis started a drive to establish a national Mother's Day. In 1907 she passed out 500 white carnations at her mother's church in West Virginia--one for each mother in the congregation. In 1908, her mother's church held the first Mother's Day service, on May 10th (the second Sunday in May). That same day a special service was held at the Wanamaker Auditorium in Philadelphia, where Anna was from, which could seat no more than a third of the 15,000 people who showed up.
By 1909, churches in 46 states, Canada and Mexico were holding Mother's Day services. In the meantime, Ms. Jarvis had quit her job to campaign full time. She managed to get the World's Sunday School Association to help; they were a big factor in convincing legislators to support the idea. In 1912, West Virginia was the first state to designate an official Mother's Day. By 1914, the campaign had convinced Congress, which passed a joint resolution. President Woodrow Wilson signed the resolution, establishing an official national Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May.
Many countries of the world now have their own Mother's Day at different times of the year, but Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Japan, and Turkey join the US in celebrating Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May. Britain still celebrates Mothering Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent--but they now call it Mother's Day. By any name, and at any date, it's a special day to honor a special person.
Mother’s Day 2008…
Instead of the traditional dozen long-stemmed roses for Mom, why not give her a rose bush that will supply her with dozens of roses for years to come? You know that what she really wants is time with you, so why not bring her to Yamagami’s to wander our colorful displays and choose her own blooming rose bush.
If your love is like a red, red rose, we offer some beautiful choices. 'Janice Kellogg' is a beautiful long- stemmed burgundy red rose that cuts beautifully. The bush itself is stately and disease resistant. If you visit on Saturday, May 10th from 10 AM to 2 PM you can meet Mrs. Janice Kellogg herself, the matriarch of Kellogg Garden Products. Kellogg is our supplier for the very best organic gardening supplies, namely Dr, Earth Fertilizers and Gardner & Bloome soils. Every purchaser of a 'Janice Kellogg' rose that day will receive a FREE bud vase and a FREE bag of Gardner & Bloome Rose Planting Mix!
Can anyone really have too many red roses? In addition to Janice Kellogg, we are pleased to offer 'Legends', another stunning red rose. 'Legends' is the rose Oprah Winfrey helped develop to honor 18 African American Women. Oprah called them “The Legends” and named the rose after them. It is one of the largest hybrid tea roses ever hybridized. Its huge buds of dark red swirl open to display black tips on ruffled petals.
Give your mother something special this year, time together in our gardens, a chance to meet an amazing mother and businesswoman and last but hardly least, a beautiful rose bush for years of bouquets. Visit Yamagami’s Nursery for even more Mother’s Day ideas.