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Sister's Florist and Bakery



"Our priority is to provide you with the freshest flowers backed by the highest level of personal service available"

We carry a wide range of products to suit a variety of budgets and tastes.

We deliver daily to all area hospitals, funeral homes, businesses and residential homes in the Cook County Area. Delivery charges will apply.

Dictionary of Flowers.doc (DOC — 142 KB)

Special Occassions

  • Anniversary
  • Birthdays
  • Centerpieces
  • Office
  • Everyday
  • Get Well
  • Just Because
  • Romantic
  • Newborn

Holiday Arrangements

  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Valentines Day

Fresh Cut Roses

  • By the Dozen
  • 1/2 Dozen
  • 2 Dozen Arranged
  • Baby Roses
  • Budvases

Silk Arrangments

Looking for bouquet arrangements that will last? Try a beautiful silk arrangement.

Blooming Plants

Brighten someone's day with a live blooming indoor plant.

Indoor Green Plants

Non-blooming green plants are also available!


Add that special touch by sending helium balloons with a special message.

Stuffed Animals Come view our wide selection of stuffed animals or include one with an fruit basket or bouguet.

Fruit & Gourmet Baskets

Filled with a healthy selection of fresh fruits or gourmet delicacies, baskets make the perfect gift! The basket can be reused so nothing goes to waste.


What gift store would be complete without ceramic figurines?

Framed Artwork

Did you know that Sister's Florist & Bakery also carries beautiful framed art?

Tyler Candles

We carry a complete line of the Tyler Candles.

Weddings - We can handle all of your floral needs for that very special wedding day.

  • Bridemaids Bouquets
  • Bridal Bouquets
  • Ceremonial Arrangements
  • Corsages and Boutonnieres
  • Reception Flowers
  • Table Settings


  • Sympathy Arrangements
  • Funeral Wreaths
  • Casket Arrangements
  • Easel Sprays
  • Memorial Arrangements

Every flowers has a special meaning...Some of the most popular include:


Origin & History

The carnation — originally called dianthus by the Greek botanist Theopharastus — is native to the Near East and has been cultivated for the last 2,000 years. Some scholars believe that the name "carnation" comes from "coronation" or "corone" (flower garlands), as it was one of the flowers used in Greek ceremonial crowns. Others think the name stems from the Greek carnis (flesh), which refers to the original color of the flower, or incarnacyon (incarnation), which refers to the incarnation of God made flesh.

Sentiment & Symbolism

Carnations were known as "Jove's Flower" in ancient Rome as a tribute to one of their beloved gods. In Korea, a young girl places three carnations in her hair to tell her fortune. If the top flower dies first, her last years of life will be difficult; if it's the middle flower, her earlier years will bring the most grief. Worst of all, if the bottom flower dies first, the poor girl will be miserable her whole life!

Color Messages

For the most part, carnations express love, fascination, and distinction. Light red carnations represent admiration, while dark red denote deep love and affection. White carnations indicate pure love and good luck; striped symbolize a regret that a love cannot be shared. Green carnations are for St. Patrick's Day; purple carnations indicate capriciousness. Pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. According to Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears at Jesus' plight, and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus he pink carnation became the symbol of a mother's undying love, and in 1907 was chosen by Ann Jarvis as the emblem of Mother's Day, now observed in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday in May.


Origin & History

Fossil evidence shows that roses have existed since prehistoric times. The first cultivated roses appeared in Asian gardens more than 5,000 years ago. Roses were introduced to Europe during the Roman Empire, where they were mainly used for ornamental purposes. Cleopatra is said to have scattered rose petals before Mark Anthony's feet; Nero released roses from the ceiling during extravagant feasts and banquets.

Sentiment & Symbolism

Roses, it is said, blushed with shame as God expelled Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. According to Roman legend, a number of suitors were keen on marrying a beautiful woman named Rodanthe, but she did not care for any of them. Despite her ambivalence, the suitors continued to woo Rodanthe so zealously that they broke through the doors of her home. Angered by their actions and wanting to teach the suitors a lesson, the goddess Diana turned Rodanthe into a rose, and her suitors into thorns.

The rose is the flower emblem of England. According to English superstition, if the petals fall from a fresh-cut red rose, bad luck will soon follow. The red rose is the badge of the House of Lancaster and the flower of Eros and Cupid. In Wales, the white rose represents innocence and silence, and is thus placed on the grave of a young child. To Native Americans, the white rose symbolizes security and happiness, and is often worn during wedding ceremonies. The white rose is the badge of the House of York and the flower of the Virgin Mary.

Color Messages

Exquisite and radiant, the rose is the principal messenger of love. A single rose denotes perpetual love; two roses of any color taped or wired together signify a commitment or forthcoming marriage.

Single Color Meanings

  • Red roses of any hue say "I love you"; deep red roses imply unconscious beauty.
  • White roses signify spiritual love and purity; bridal white means happy love.
  • Today, yellow roses signify joy and gladness; historically, they meant a decrease of love and infidelity.
  • Coral roses imply desire; orange say "I am fascinated and enthusiastic."
  • Lavender roses mean love at first sight
  • Light pink roses imply grace, gentility and admiration; dark pink roses say "thank you."
  • In general, pale-colored roses signify friendship.

Combined Color Meanings:

  • Red and yellow roses mixed together say "Congratulations!"
  • Yellow and orange roses together imply passionate thoughts.
  • Red and white roses signify unity.


Origin & History

The orchid's name originates from the Greek orchis, meaning "testicle," and its history is one of lust, greed, and wealth. Some orchids are called "ladies' fingers," "ladies' tresses," or "long purples." Orchids were collected extensively during the 1800s; once, four thousand trees were cut down for the orchids growing on their branches. One collector alone was believed to have sent hundreds of thousands of orchids to England, where most of them died.

Sentiment & Symbolism

There are nearly 25,000 varieties of orchids. Greek women thought they could control the sex of their unborn children with orchid roots. If the father ate large, new tubers, the child would be male; if the mother ate small tubers, the child would be female. Indeed, the orchid's reproductive behaviour has intrigued botanists for years: to germinate, an orchid's seeds need to be penetrated by fungus threads. The paphiopedilum orchid was named for Phaphos, a temple on Cyprus where the love goddess Aphrodite was worshipped (and where prostitutes were said to be readily available.) The most famous orchid, the vanilla orchid, was said to give strength to the Aztecs, who drank vanilla mixed with chocolate.

Color Messages

The orchid is a flower of magnificence that brings a universal message of love, beauty, wisdom, and thoughtfulness. In China it signifies refinement, and the innocence of children. A pink orchid conveys pure affection; the popular cattalya orchid denotes mature charm, and is often used in corsages for Mother's Day.


Origin & HistoryOriginating from tropical Mexico, the poinsettia was named for Dr. Joel Roberts-Poinsett, the US Ambassador to Mexico, who brought the first poinsettia flower to the United States in 1928.

Sentiment & Symbolism

The poinsettia's rich scarlet color comes from its bracts (the leaf-like sections which grow before the flower) rather than the actual flowers themselves. In Mexico (where poinsettias are known to grow as high as sixteen feet) it is known as the Flor de Noch Buena, the "Flower of the Holy Night." Its bracts are said to resemble the flower of Bethlehem; therefore, it is used to decorate churches at Christmastime. To make a poinsettia bloom again the following Christmas, one must cover it every evening so it gets little light. The poinsettia is a member of the euphobia, or spurge family. The name "spurge" originates from the Old French espurge; it was one of the powerful purgatives used in medieval times to rid the body of black bile and melancholy.

Color Messages

Popular worldwide as "the Christmas flower", white, pink and red poinsettias bring wishes of mirth and celebration.

A small collection of our arrangments are shown below: