Native flowers add a patriotic touch to Anzac wreaths
WITH great care and attention to detail, florist Jan Koivunen works humbly on Anzac Day floral wreaths.
Jan has been a florist for 47 years and has seen several changes to the way people commemorate Anzac Day.
The wreaths are sometimes made with a patriotic touch to them using native flower arrangements and the traditional purple and gold Lest We Forget sash around them.
Jan loves this added patriotic touch to the wreaths because they are Australian flora for Anzac Day.
She says there was some concern Anzac Day was losing its significance with the public about ten years ago but over the last several years participation in the day has picked up again.
"Interest waned about ten years ago of people ordering floral wreaths however over the last five years there has been an increase of awareness of Anzac Day's importance,” Jan said.
The tradition of laying wreaths dates to ancient Romans who would crown victors and the brave.
In modern time wreaths are laid on graves and memorials of the dead.
"Any flower work I enjoy doing but for Anzac Day it's an honour and a privilege to do this,” she said.