The Autumn Garden dramaturgy: Gardenia

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Gardenia (418)

Since antiquity, flower symbolism has been a significant part of cultures around the world. Flowers accompany us in every major event in life–birth, marriage, holidays, graduations, illness, and finally death.

Flower symbolism began with many ancient religions, continued in the symbolic religious art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and reached the highest level of development in the flower symbolism of the Victorian era.

Gardenias have a beautiful fragrance and have been a sacred symbol of love and happiness used in weddings. They have a distinctly Victorian feel about them, and have been popular since that period. Gardenias, because of their beautiful creamy white color and pleasant fragrance, are often worn by daughters on Mother’s Day in memory of their mother if she has passed away. Those whose mothers are living wear red. In the Victorian Language of Flowers.

Gardenia is a symbolic way of saying, “You’re lovely!” It is a symbol of secret love or Joy.

There are many stories behind this flower in many cultures, and not all cultures see the symbolism of this flower the same way. Gardenia can represent purity and refinement, but during the Chypre phase of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, a gardenia perfume might have been portrayed in Hollywood films as being loud and inappropriate when a secretary wore it to work.

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