“This is all part of our desire to celebrate state pride while remembering we ALL share the same roots.” ~ Jill
In fact, public school students chose the state flowers for West Virginia and Tennessee – but then Tennessee’s flower was changed to the Iris in 1939 when garden clubs lobbied the state.
But here’s what’s really interesting: Most of the time when we see maps of the nation on TV shows,
Alaska and Texas are red states – but guess what? Their state flower is blue – the forget-me-not and bluebonnet.
As former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson once said, “When flowers bloom – so does hope.”
In the 1960s, when her husband LBJ was president, she decided to transform our nation’s highways by planting flowers along the highway.
So in the spirit of Lady Bird…and in an attempt to bring the country together a little more, will you share some pictures of your favorite state flowers or local gardens with us?
We can create a beautiful collage of possibility and get to know each other better.
I look forward to seeing and sharing your images of your state flowers and favorite local gardens as part of our State Flower Project. Long may they flower and bloom. ~ Jill