Since it’s Women’s History Month, there’s no better time to recognize the achievements of an important woman who helped make Albuqurue’s top florist, People’s Flower Shop, a huge success. Plus, if you’ve ever wondered which flowers were favored by famous women in history, we’ve done the research and discovered their choices fit them perfectly.
In the early years of Peoples Flowers (1940s-1960s), my mother Ruth Pollack raised 4 kids and helped my father Max build the business. She worked here till the flower shop grew and expanded to have enough employees to operate without her. Today all my key management positions are held by women, and the majority of my department heads and staff, in general, are women.
Katy Perry – Purple and White Hydrangeas
Katy Perry is one of today’s biggest pop stars so it’s no surprise she likes flowers that “pop” with color – like the purple and white hydrangeas. A flowering shrub with lush, bountiful heads of delicate petals, hydrangeas represent heartfelt emotion and a deep understanding. In other cultures, they mean boastfulness and arrogance due to the many flowers produced by only a few seeds. The colors Katy prefers also have significance with purply implying royalty and empathy and white denoting purity and grace.
Lady Bird Johnson – Lavender Bluebell
Lady Bird Johnson was a smart and devoted woman who had a passion for flowers. This passion eventually led to the passing of the Highway Beautification Act in 1965 – a project she spearheaded during her tenure in the White House as First Lady. She also went on the establish the National Wildflower Research Center in Austin, Texas. Lady Bird believed flowers – and their beauty – could improve the mental health of a society. The lavender bluebell wildflower was Lady Bird Johnson’s favorite flower. A beautiful flower with petals the make the shape of a bell, the bluebell represents devotion, gratitude, and humility.
Hydrangea and Pink Roses
Michelle Obama – Hydrangeas and Pink Roses
Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, prefers pink roses over other flowers. Denoting sweetness, refinement, and femininity, the pink rose perfectly embodies Michelle Obama as she exudes grace and style effortlessly. Michelle is also a lawyer and author and has become a role model for healthy living. Her other favorite flower is the hydrangea – a flowering shrub with gorgeous, full rounded heads of petals. Hydrangeas stand for empathy, understanding, and deep heartfelt emotions – traits Mrs. Obama has in spades.