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A complete guide to Mother's Day 2024: Love & Gratitude

April 9, 2024 | Mother's Day

The History of Mother’s Day in Australia

In Australia, Mother's Day has a history that goes back to at least 1910 and is based on a tradition that was started in the United States by a woman named Anna Jarvis. In the early 1900s, Anna wanted to create a special day to honour all mothers because she admired how much they did for their families and so, in 1908, the first official Mother's Day celebration was held in West Virginia. Anna contacted newspapers and other important people and campaigned to make Mother's Day into an official holiday. And, by 1912, many states, towns, and other countries including Australia started celebrating Mother's Day every year. Finally, in 1914, the President of the United States declared that the second Sunday in May would officially be known as Mother's Day.

In Australia, we follow the same tradition as they do in the United States and this year Mother's Day will be celebrated on Sunday May 12th 2024. Over time, the tradition has evolved, and has became much more like the modern Mother's Day we know today, where we show love and appreciation to our mothers with flowers, cards, gifts, and love. It's a lovely day to honour and show gratitude to the wonderful mothers and mother figures in our lives.

How to celebrate Mother's Day

Mother's Day is celebrated with love and appreciation all over the world. It's a day to say thank you to all the special women in our lives who have ‘mothered’ us in so many ways. The most important thing about Mother's Day is showing your love in a way that suits your own special Mum. You could write a note to your mum to tell her how much you love and appreciate her  or share your favourite memories and let her know how special she is, you could even bake a cake that she would love. Breakfast in bed has always been a great way to show Mum (or anyone) how special they are. 

In many families it is a real treat for Mum to go out for a special meal. It could a be a lovely breakfast in your local cafe or beachside park, a picnic lunch or fancy dinner at her favourite restaurant!

Flowers and Gifts

Of course, our favourite way to celebrate Mother's day is to send beautiful flowers! If you know Mum's favourite flower and it is in season you can always send Mum a very personal bouquet. Or we would suggest choosing from our beautiful range that includes something for every MUM!!  


You can also add a pretty and thoughtful gift like a fragrant candle, delicious chocolates, champagne, wine or even a cute teddy bear. We also offer a pretty hand cream to make her feel cherished and pampered. Flowers come in so many pretty colours and designs that you are sure to find something that your mother would love.

Which flowers to send on Mother’s Day?

In Australia, Mother's Day falls in Autumn. It is a beautiful season full of abundant and lovely flowers. These are some of our favourite flowers for Mother's day.

Chrysanthemums or 'Mums' as they are often called are a lovely choice as they represent love and gratitude. Beautiful large-headed disbud chrysanthemums in pink, white or mauve are the most popular choice but for the bright Mum we have gorgeous yellows and limes as well. There are lots of varieties of Chrysanthemum and they are all beautiful. Disbuds which are large single chrysanthemums feature in many of our Mother's Day Vases especially our Mother's Day Blush Vase  our Mother's Day Classic Vase.

Mother's Day Blush Vase

Roses symbolise love, faithfulness and joy and come in a pretty range of colours from soft pink to deep ruby red. They look beautiful on their own in a large bouquet or vase or we often use them mixed in with other flowers as a stunning feature. Roses give every flower arrangement a premium and special feel. Our Mother's Day Bright Vase is a wonderful and vibrant gift for Mum to show your love, appreciation and joy! It features beautiful large-headed roses in bright shades and tones.

Mother's Day Bright Vase


Tulips are stylish and abundant in May in Australia. They are a beautiful choice for Mum. Tulips with their beautiful turban-shaped blooms are available in many bright shades including yellow, orange or red or for the more traditional Mum we offer pretty pastel shades of pink, mauve or cream. At Pearsons we have our fabulous Tulip Wrap, a gorgeous presentation of 20 fresh tulips ready for Mum to pop into her favourite vase at home. It's a winner!!

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Orchids are a lovely long-lasting gift for Mother's day. You can choose a lovely plant in a stylish ceramic pot or a pretty arrangement that features a stem of Phalaenopsis Orchids as a gift that will be sure to WOW Mum for Mother's day. Orchids feature in our most premium Mother's Day design the Ultimate Pink Vase. A stunning design brimming with spectacular seasonal flowers in beautiful shades of pink!

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However, as Mother's Day approaches remember that it's not just about presents and flowers. It's about showing love and appreciation in your own way. Make Her Day Truly Special!!Don't wait to show your mother the depth of your love and appreciation. Discover our Mother's Day collection at Pearsons Florist and choose a gift that speaks volumes. Flowers are more than just a gift; they're a symbol of love, appreciation, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her loved ones.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your Mother’s Day flowers sustainably grown or sourced?

Yes, Pearsons Florist is committed to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Our Mother's Day flowers are sourced from growers who adhere to sustainable farming methods, ensuring that your gift not only brings joy but also supports eco-conscious initiatives.

Am I able to have personal messages sent alongside my flowers?

Absolutely! We believe personal messages add a special touch to your gift. You can include a personal message with your flower order, and we will ensure it is beautifully presented with your chosen floral arrangement.

How will I know what my flowers look like before they arrive?

Each one of our Mother's Day floral arrangements is showcased on our website with detailed descriptions and high-resolution images from multiple angles, ensuring you have a clear understanding of your selection’s design, colour, and size. If you have any specific preferences, our expert florists will work with you to ensure your gift meets your vision.

How will my flowers look upon their delivery?

Your gift will be exquisitely designed by our dedicated team of florists, creating unique arrangements that are then gift-wrapped in our signature style. Expect your delivery to arrive beautifully presented, reflecting the care and creativity that define our brand's commitment to excellence.

Am I able to pick up my order from you directly?

Yes, you are welcome to pick up your order directly from us. We’re in Bondi Junction and Stanmore, making it easy for those who prefer to deliver their gifts in person or want to see the arrangements first-hand before gifting.

I’m unsure about what flowers I want to give as a gift. Can you help me?

Of course! Our expert florists are here to help you choose the perfect flowers for Mother's Day. We can guide you through our collection, explaining the meanings behind different flowers and arrangements, to help you select a gift that truly expresses your feelings.

What different colours of flowers are best for Mother’s Day?

For Mother's Day, pink roses are popular for expressing gratitude, yellow for celebrating friendship, and red for deep love and admiration. However, there's a wide range of colours including white for purity, lavender for enchantment, and orange for enthusiasm and passion. The best colour depends on the message you want to convey to your mother.

Do I need to be at home when my delivery arrives?

No, you do not need to be at home for your delivery. If you're not available, we can leave the flowers in a safe place or with a neighbour, as per your instructions. We ensure your flowers are handled with care and delivered in perfect condition, regardless of your availability.

How do I make sure the flowers last as long as possible?

Here are some flower care tips that you can make use of to keep your flowers looking fresher for longer, such as:
• Keep your flowers in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and draughts.
• Trim the stems at a 45-degree angle before placing them in water to enhance water absorption.
• Change the water every two days to prevent bacterial growth.
• Use the flower food provided with your arrangement to nourish your flowers.
• Remove any leaves below the waterline to keep the water clean.