Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Easter lilies, 2018

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The custom of asking people to buy lilies in memory of  loved ones to decorate churches at Easter seems to have started in the late 1940s.  Initially arum (or altar) lilies (Zanthedeschia aethiopica) were bought, more recently Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) seem to have become popular.

The Chichester, West Sussex, Cathedral news sheet for Sunday 4 March 2018, contained the following appeal:

Easter Lilies: With Easter approaching, the ladies who arrange flowers in the Cathedral have met to plan this year’s displays.  As in the past, members of the congregation are invited to make a donation of £5 for a lily in memory of a loved one.  Donations can be left in Reception, with details of the person to be remembered.  Cheques should be made payable to Chichester Cathedral Flower Fund.

Image:  flower arrangement with arum lilies, Holy Trinity Church, Upper Tooting, London Borough of Wandsworth, Easter Saturday, 31 March 2018.

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