The gold, silver and bronze medals are by far the most coveted possession of the Olympics, but we can’t overlook the beautiful bouquets each winner receives on the podium … ESPECIALLY since they contain a flower as beautiful as a Chrysanthemum!
An article recently published by the daily horticultural newsletter “Hortidaily” gives you a look into the meaning and reasons for the particular Chrysanthemum varieties that the bouquet contains. As written in the article, and as per the Sochi website, “The bouquets of the Ceremonies symbolize the colours of the resort city of Sochi. The green and the white chrysanthemums, Ferry and Country, represent the contrast of valleys, meadows and mountains stretching along the Black Sea coast.” (Source: Hortidaily: Global Greenhouse News).
These particular Chrysanthemums were grown and shipped by a company by the name of ‘Fides’. Fides was founded in the Netherlands by Messrs Flikweert, Van Dijk and Van Steekelenburg in 1967. They were the first ones to start breeding their own cut flower Chrysanthemums.They are now active in the worldwide breeding and propagation of cut chrysanthemums, pot chrysanthemums, Kalanchoe, Calandiva®, garden mums and Begonia. Today, their products find their way to 56 countries on all continents, with over 2000 employees worldwide!
Next time you are watching the medal ceremonies, be sure to keep an eye out for the beautiful bouquets! And share with your friends with intriguing bit of knowledge =)