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The blooms behind an iconic Derby tradition

Kroger’s master florists have created the Kentucky Derby’s globally recognized Garland of Roses arrangement for nearly 40 years.

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Video clips showcasing the Garland of Roses at the Kentucky Derby.

You can watch Kroger’s master florists delicately create the spectacular winner’s tribute on Friday, May 3.

Video courtesy of Kroger/GIF created by LOUtoday

Ever wondered where the Kentucky Derby’s Garland of Roses comes from? Since 1987, Kroger’s master floral designers have crafted the iconic blanket of blooms — aka the prize awarded to the winning horse and jockey — in-store.

Kroger works with Rainforest Alliance Certified flower farms to source roses that are grown and harvested using environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible practices (just like the flowers they sell every day).

With the help of volunteers, 400+ roses are hand-selected and individually sewn into backing. The final product is 122 inches long, 22 inches wide, and 40 pounds. After the seven hour process, the garland is transported with a police escort to Churchill Downs.

🏆 Garland festivities

Watch the Garland of Roses take shape at Kroger’s Middletown store on Friday, May 3 from 4:30-8 p.m. — and enjoy all-day festivities like samples, vendors, and visits from local artists + celebrity chefs.

Feeling inspired? Pick up fresh-cut roses from Kroger’s floral department to bring a piece of history home for your Derby Watch Party.

See the “Journey of the Roses”

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