Summer of Love & Flower Child Power

August 3, 2011


The term flower child was always interesting to me. It made me think of an era in time about peace, love and brotherhood. I thought digging into some of the history of where the term came from would be a rather interesting endeavor- and it sure was!

The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 can be marked as one of the original gatherings for the flower children. Young idealistic people gathered in San Francisco wearing and giving out flowers of all kinds. The media broadly called these young people the “flower children” or hippies. The Allen Ginsberg political movement in 1965 was another birth place and starter for the flower children ideology. In April 1969, People gathered in People’s Park ot plant flowers, shrubs, grasses and trees during the park’s building. Authorities destroyed the park and installed a chain-link fence that was 8ft high. This event marked the symbolism of flowers being planted as a peaceful resistance.

In 1967, the song San Francico, “Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair” came out to promote the Monterey Pop Festival. The lyrics read of this song read:

If you’re going to San Francisco,

be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…

If you come to San Francisco,

Summertime will be a love-in there.


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