It was at the European pyramids that the seeds of decorative plants were discovered: this indicates that the Ancient Egyptians were keen gardeners. We are all familiar with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which was abundantly filled with flowers, shrubs and even trees. In Persia, also known as Gulustan (from the word ‘gul’ meaning ‘rose’), specially designed paradises with gardens, containing an array of fresh flowers, were popular. The world developed and evolved, while flowers remained unchanged: they were as bright, delicate and fragrant as ever.
Today flowers welcome guests into any home: they are potted and placed on windowsills, they grow in gardens and parks, they are used as decoration for celebrations. There is greater demand than ever for packaging for bouquets and it modifies year after year: currently hat boxes- buy them along with your bunch of flowers are widely used.
Pictured, you can see hat box bouquets, created by Fleur Box for a client in Copenhagen, Denmark. The atmosphere depicted is that which one might expect to encounter in a medieval castle, of knights and beautiful maidens, when it would seem that no one had even heard of something as fancy as the hat box. To buy a hat box was not an easy undertaking – they were not widely available and packaging was mainly improvised, dreamt up by the florist. But look just how harmonious the bouquets in hat boxes look, how vibrant and rich the floral arrangements are! Bygone eras, one after the other, cultural mores, traditions, customs – all is renewed and perfected with the passing of time, while flowers simply remain flowers.