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May 28, 2013

Language of flowers spoken at Nelson farm

OSKALOOSA — Giving someone flowers has more than one meaning.

At Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum this past Saturday, visitors were invited to make a Tussie Mussie and learn the language of flowers.

Kelly Halbert, curator at Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum, explained the language of flowers.

Halbert said Tussie Mussies were started by Queen Victoria when she was a young bride. Before she was wed, Queen Victoria had done a bit of traveling in the Middle East and was impressed by the way the sultans’ harems communicated through flowers. She then brought this concept back to England.

“Each flower had a symbol,” explained Halbert, noting that one could send someone a message with flowers that could be anything from a proposal of marriage to an outright insult.

Although the language of flowers may have faded out of practice after the Victorian era, Halbert noted that it’s been said that Princess Kate revived the concept with her wedding bouquet.

Also on display at the museum on Saturday were numerous Oskaloosa High School yearbooks, as well as Civl War Memorabilia.

Joan VandeWeerdhof, librarian for the museum and farm, noted that some of the yearbooks on display dated back to the 1920s.

Uniforms from local Civil War re-enactors were also among the items on display.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.

 

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