O lily of the valley, why do you so please the eye?
Other flowers there are more sumptuous and grand,
With brighter colors and livelier patterns,
Yet they have not your mysterious fascination.
Where lies the secret of your charms? What do you prophesy to the soul?
With what do you attract me, with what gladden my heart?
Is it that you revive the ghost of former pleasures,
Or is it future bliss that you promise us?
I know not. But your balmy fragrance,
Like flowing wine, warms and intoxicates me,
Like music, it takes my breath away,
And like a flame of love, it suffuses my burning cheeks.
And I am happy while you bloom, modest lily of the valley,
The tedium of winter days has passed without a trace…


Even as a little girl, I was infatuated with the delicacy and aroma of a handful of Lilies of the Valley from my mother’s garden. It’s no wonder that my bridal bouquet was of the same but a decidedly more lavish bunch. A symbol of rebirth and humility in the Language of Flowers, Lily of the Valley also suggest a “return to happiness” which Tchaikovsky may have been seeking in his poem.

Lily of the Valley is not a lily but a fragrant herb and possibly the only species in the genus Convallaria in the asparagus family (Asparagaceae). Convallaria majalis, the scientific name for Lily of the Valley, translated means “that which belongs to May,” and is at the heart of our May Day nosegay tradition. Adopted from France's Fete du Muguet, the first day of May has been celebrated since at least 1561. When offered a sprig of Lily of the Valley, accept it graciously for it brings good luck.

We will have a brief General Meeting on Tuesday, May 11th during a short break between presentations at GCA’s Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is scheduled to begin the business meeting at 9:00 a.m. MST with Brian Vogt as one of the speakers. This session will conclude at 10:30 a.m. Our General Meeting will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and finish by 11:00 a.m. when the Club Projects will be showcased at the Annual Meeting followed by the introduction of the 2021 Honorary Members.

The tedium of winter has passed and I wish I could give you each a Lily of the Valley posie for good luck, the return to happiness you will feel when you are protected from this virus, and joy over the rebirth of a social life.