A fascinating story you may not have heard . . .
The bouquet of flowers presented to each Olympic/Paralympic medalist on the podium – 1,800 in all – are all the same, made up of green spider mums with hypericum berries surrounded by leather-leaf fern, monkey grass, and aspidistra leaves.
They’re all made by Just Beginning Flowers, a non-profit company in Surrey, British Columbia, which employs women who are just out of prison, abused, fighting addiction, or with special needs, and teaches them how to be florists.