Victorian Flowers

Victorian Language of Flowers

Victorians loved their plants and their etiquette, and they merged these two loves into the social trend of assigning meanings to different flowers when designing bouquets. In this exhibit, you can learn about the history of the language of flowers and discover their hidden meanings.

The exhibit will be on display in the library lobby through October 12th .

Click here to see a slideshow sample of images from the exhibit.

For a full alphabetical listing of flowers and their meanings, browse through these Victorian guides:

Kate Greenway’s Language of Flowers (1884)
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31591/31591-h/31591-h.htm

Language of Flowers and Floral Emblems (1857)
https://archive.org/details/languageofflower00lond

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