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By Sarah Corbin
As St. Patrick's day looms each year, houses and businesses get bedecked with the standard green cutout 3 leaf clovers: shamrocks. The shamrock, according to legend, was used by St. Patrick to explain the holy trinity to non-christian Irish. Druids too, chose this three leafed clover as a sacred plant used to signify the Vernal Equinox. The sacredness in the magic number three that occurs so naturally in the heart shaped leaves, made the shamrock destined for historic plant stardom.
With such history, it seems strange that we don't recognize St. Patrick's Day by spreading real clover from house to house. It's such a beautiful plant.
This year, mark your St. Patrick's Day celebrations with some real green and celebrate the core symbol for this most popular Saint's day. Use live shamrocks in weathered planters for your centerpieces. Have tall arrangements with "Bells of Ireland" standing in your foyer corner to great your guests. Keep it naturally simple and let St. Patrick's Day usher Spring into our houses.
And you never know, maybe you or one of your guests will get lucky and find a four leaf clover hiding amongst all those trinities.
Flowers and Planter available at Tulipia in River Forest.