Ap­ple Blos­som Wins ‘Bat­tle Of Blooms’

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - APPLE FESTIVAL -

Af­ter what has been re­ferred to as the “bat­tle of the blooms,” the ap­ple blos­som was adopted as the State flo­ral em­blem of Arkansas by an act of the Leg­is­la­ture on July 30, 1901. The leg­is­la­tion read, in part,

“Whereas, Most of the states have by res­o­lu­tion de­clared what should be their state flo­ral em­blem; and, “Whereas, Arkansas has not by res­o­lu­tion of the Gen­eral Assem­bly de­clared what is her flo­ral em­blem; be it there­fore “Re­solved by both Houses of the Gen­eral Assem­bly, That the Ap­ple Blos­som’ be de­clared the state flo­ral em­blem of Arkansas.”

The “bat­tle of the blooms” was be­tween the Flo­ral Em­blem So­ci­ety and the Arkansas Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s Clubs. The Flo­ral Em­blem So­ci­ety sup­ported the ap­ple blos­som and the Arkansas Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s Clubs sup­ported the pas­sion flower. Mrs. Ed Bar­ton of Searcy, lo­cal pres­i­dent of the Flo­ral Em­blem So­ci­ety, is sin­gled out for an ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­fort cred­ited with winning the State flo­ral em­blem honor for the ap­ple blos­som.

Bar­ton wrote per­sonal let­ters to 500 prom­i­nent cit­i­zens in­clud­ing every state leg­is­la­tor. With these let­ters, she in­cluded a pro­mo­tional pam­phlet ex­tolling the virtues of the ap­ple blos­som and re­fer­ring to the pas­sion flower as “a pretty but rank and dis­agree­able weed, which isn’t a na­tive of Arkansas at all but will grow any­where the farmer’s hoe will let it.”

On the day that the leg­is­la­ture was to vote, Bar­ton ap­peared at the Capi­tol in a red dress and a crisp red Arkansas ap­ple for each leg­is­la­tor. She also handed them a note that read, “These are the re­sults of our beau­ti­ful ap­ple blos­soms, but what is the re­sults of a pas­sion flower? A dried shriv­eled pod!”

“These are the re­sults of our beau­ti­ful ap­ple blos­soms, but what is the re­sults of a pas­sion flower? A dried shriv­eled pod!”

Mrs. Ed Bar­ton Flo­ral Em­blem So­ci­ety pres­i­dent

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The ap­ple blos­som was adopted as the state flo­ral em­blem of Arkansas in 1901.

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