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High Quality Floral ArrangementsOur artificial flower arrangements are created of high-quality materials and will resist fading for months. They are designed to withstand outdoor elements like sun, rain and snow and maintain their fresh look and color. Silk flowers will last for months, but real flowers only last a few days at most. We want your cemetery flowers to look good and display your love for a long time. Our bows are machine made for consistency and quality and are color coordinated with the flowers in our displays. Keep your loved one’s grave site looking beautiful with high-quality artificial flowers from Graveside Flowers. Most of our products are made in the USA!
Decorating a grave at any time of year can be difficult. On the one hand, we want to be able to decorate in a fashion that is highly personalized, on the other hand we don't want to do anything that may be offensive, considered tacky, or unsightly two others. So the question is, what should we do in the way of decorations that will honor our loved ones and help us celebrate Christmas time with them but will also look nice and not offend?
At graveside flowers.com we offer a variety of artificial silk flower arrangements that are specifically designed for the Christmas holiday season. All of these products are attractive, are reasonably priced, starting as low as $7.99, and easy to place at a grave site. The Christmas products offered are made in traditional red green and white colors, and are made with traditional poinsettias, hollies, and other greenery.
You can find all of our Christmas wreaths, bouquets, headstone sprays, and crosses, here.
Symbolic Meanings of Plants and Flowers for Christmas
Holly - The prickly leaves represent the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified. The berries are the drops of blood that were shed by Jesus because of the thorns.
Wreath - The wreath has significant meaning for the season. It's circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end. From a christian religious perspective, it represents an unending circle of life. The evergreen, most frequently used in making wreathes, symbolizes growth and everlasting life.
Poinsettia - The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.
Poinsettias are native to Central American and were originally brought to the United States by the first US Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett.
The connection of the Poinsettia to Christmas stems from an old Mexican legend that said there was once a poor Mexican girl named Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up. "Pepita", he said. "I'm sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy."
Pepita didn't know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the "Flores de Noche Buena", or "Flowers of the Holy Night".
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), who maintains most of our national cemeteries, has several rules in place to maintain a nicely landscaped and attractive resting place for our fallen heroes. Many of these rules are blanket rules that cover all national cemeteries. However, the rules regarding placement of artificial flowers varies from cemetery to cemetery.
Two of the national cemeteries that aren't maintained by the VA, Arlington National Cemetery and the US Soldier's and Airmen's National Cemetery, are maintained by the Department Army. While each cemetery has its own rules regarding the placement of artificial flowers, most tend to follow the rules set by Arlington, which are as follows.
As a general rule, silk flowers and potted plants will be allowed on graves:
- *For a period extending 10 days before Easter Sunday to 10 days after.
- *For a period extending 10 days before Memorial Day to 10 days after.
- *Christmas wreaths, potted poinsettias, and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves from December 10th through January 10th.
Some National cemeteries have slight variances in their artificial flower rules, such as Leavenworth National Cemetery, who's rules are as follows: "Artificial flowers and potted plants will be permitted on graves during periods when their presence will not interfere with grounds maintenance. As a general rule, artificial flowers and potted plants will be allowed on graves for a period extending seven days before through seven days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day. Christmas wreaths, grave blankets and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves from Dec. 1 through Jan. 20. They may not be secured to headstones or markers."
Fort Snelling National Cemetery has a more open policy towards artificial flowers, allowing them to be placed on graves anytime outside of mowing season, which they consider to be October 1st through April 1st.
Some other rules that should be adhered to are:
- *Floral items should be placed at the side of headstones in line with the headstone row. This allows for equipment operations and prevents damage to floral items.
- *Floral items should not be secured to headstones or markers.
- *Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects, pinwheels, balloons, toys and stuffed animals and similar commemorative items are not permitted on the graves at any time.
- *Don't place any items that are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery, or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel.
There are also some national cemeteries that are maintained by the National Parks Service. The flower rules at these sites can be vague and arbitrary. According to the Parks Service website, "The placement on a grave of fresh cut or artificial flowers in or on a metal or other non-breakable rod or container designated by the superintendent is allowed at times designated by the superintendent."
If you're unsure of the rules for artificial flowers at a particular national cemetery, your best option is to either call the cemetery office and ask about their policies, or search online for them. Below are links to flower rules for some national cemeteries. For most cemeteries, any of the products found on our vases and hoop basket collection page will be allowed.
*Graveside Flowers can deliver orders directly to national cemeteries (or any other cemetery that maintains an office) however, you will need to make arrangements to have the flowers placed at the grave site.
Links to National Cemeteries Artificial Flower Policies:
Many people don't think about decorating the graves of loved ones during the winter months. Most prefer to wait until spring. Sometimes this is simply because it's cold outside, but often, it's because they aren't sure how to make a grave look nice during this dreary time of the year. Here are a few ideas that can spruce up a grave site when it's cold a gray outside. The best part is none of them require you to be outside for very long!
Winter Grave Decorating in Snowy Areas
In areas of the Country that are prone to snow, decorating graves during the winter can be a bit more difficult. Flower arrangements can become buried in snow, and sometimes even destroyed by its weight.
If the headstone you are decorating is an upright stone, a headstone spray arrangement is by far your best option for flowers. Since sprays are made on metal saddles that sit on top of the stone, they will stay out of the snow, as long as accumulations aren't so deep as to bury the stone itself. (If you live in an area where snow accumulations do bury the headstone, you should just wait until spring.)
The flowers on the spray arrangement will catch an hold some of the snow, but it will blow off and melt off quicker than ground level arrangements. Additionally, you can lift the spray off the stone, turn it upside down, and give it a gentle shake to remove the snow.
Should your flowers (assuming they're artificial) be flattened by the weight of a heavy, wet snow, they can usually be fluffed back up to look good as new.
We also recommend buying flower arrangements that have bold colors so they stand out against the snow and show up well in gloomy skies.
Winter Grave Decorating Where There is Little or No Snow
If you live in an area that has little or no snow during the winter, we recommend using white and lighter colored arrangements because they will contrast better when the background is brown grass, leafless trees, or gray skies.
You also have more options, such as vase arrangements, since you don't need to worry about them being buried in snow.
Regardless of what part of the Country you live in, artificial flower arrangements will look better for a much longer period of time than fresh flowers...especially in harsh weather conditions. For headstone sprays, we always recommend the use of a flower anchor to keep your arrangement secured to the through windy periods.
All of the products sold at Graveside Flowers are designed to withstand the elements, and bounce back from winter weather!