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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Heather's Helpful Hint

Honoring Mothers
May 10, 2012

We are about to celebrate the holiday that honors mothers, but believe it or not, Mother's Day was not conceived in the boardroom of Hallmark. Annual tributes to mothers date all the way back to the Greeks and Romans and then on through the centuries in different cultures and in different ways.

In the United States Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day almost 150 years ago to raise awareness of health conditions in her community. She believed that such a cause would best be promoted by mothers and she called it "Mother's Work Day.”

Several years later Julia Ward Howe, a poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" started a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace because she believed they bore the loss of human life more deeply than anyone else.

When Anna Jarvis died in 1905, her daughter, also named Anna, began to promote the idea of a specific day to give tribute to mothers. She lobbied prominent businessmen like John Wanamaker and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign. In 1914 Anna's hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday.

Mother's Day has blossomed in the United States and the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out. Telephone lines record their highest traffic as sons and daughters everywhere express their appreciation for mom.

Some of us have lost our moms and this day can be bittersweet. That is true for all of us here at Waterloo Gardens as we remember our own "Mama Linda" on this first Mother's Day since she passed away in October. She loved that endearing title and we miss her in many different ways. Our stores are part of her legacy and we invite you here this week to shop for your mom where you will find selections in every department that celebrates the beauty and the love of your mother.

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.