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May 8, 2017, is Iris Day. Iris Day is the celebration of the beautiful, colorful flower. Their unique shape and vivid colors, such as purple, make irises popular in culture, especially in art. Famous artist Vincent van Gogh has various works depicting irises. Celebrate Iris Day by planting the flower in your garden or filling up a vase with these pretty blossoms.

This Today in NJ feature is sponsored by the Garden State Wine Growers Association.

Iris Florist in Paterson designs flower bouquets and offers decorative flowers for any occasion. Their hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. For more information, call 973-345-0255.

At Purple Iris Flower Shop in Point Pleasant, customers can pick the flowers they’d like to have and the designers put an arrangement together with their choices. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information, call 732-899-8175.

The Flower Basket in Clinton has daisies, irises, lilies, roses, sunflowers, tulips and more for any occasion. They are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. For more information, call 908-735-4664.

Sunrise Florist in Blackwood offers flowers for anniversaries, birthdays, Mother’s Day and many other occasions. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, call 856-232-6800.

May 8 is also National Coconut Cream Pie Day, No Socks Day and National Student Nurses Day.

Today in NJ, 2016: Mother’s Day

May 8, 2016 is Mother’s Day. This day was created to honor moms, and the influence mothers have in society. It is always celebrated the second Sunday of May. Anna Jarvis started the modern Mother’s Day in 1908 after she held a memorial for her mother. To celebrate, you could give your mom a nice card, take her out to eat, or let her relax. Listed below are some themed events and restaurants.

Visit Battello in Jersey City for Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch featuring carving stations, a full raw bar, desserts, and more. Reservations are recommended. Call 201-798-1798 for more information.

Terhune Orchards in Princeton is hosting a Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend. There will be free tastings for moms, and samples from the bakery. This event is from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and costs $5.00. For more information, call 609-924-2310.

Joseph’s Restaurant in Egg Harbor City is having a Mother’s Day celebration. From 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm they will be offering a special menu featuring fresh seafood, steaks, veal, lamb, and pasta. There will be a selection of wines, beers, and spirits as well. For more information, call 609-965-2111.

Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford is offering a Mother’s Day brunch, dinner buffet, and dinner a la cart. There will also be live entertainment. The event lasts from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For more information, call 856-845-8200.

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