Terms of the Trade: What is a Garland?

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Garlands are decorative strands, often featuring flowers, with a rich history of use in various religious traditions. From lines of pine boughs and strings of popcorn assembled for winter holidays, to ropes of vines or flowers used for summer celebrations, garlands accentuate the significance of an event or period.

Derived from old Italian and French words meaning "braid," garlands often feature flowers bound together in a long string. Some of the most popular stemming from different parts of the world include daisies, jasmine, and hibiscus.