1888: The Carnation
The practice of marking special occasions with gifts of flowers most likely began when Helen Dodge was gifted with a basket of flowers upon her graduation. At the Convention held at Delta Chapter at Boston University in 1888, the carnation was chosen as the Sorority’s official flower. The color of the carnation, however, was not specified for decades to come. Red, pink and white carnations were used to mark occasions and as decorations at Gamma Phi Beta gatherings. By all accounts, however, pink was always the preferred color and in 1950, they determined that only pink carnations should be used during ritual services.