For hundreds of years the flower has been written about and put in poetry more than most natural earthly wonders. Colors, shapes and variety have intrigued before the garden was invented.
In the 18th and 19th centuries the world was explored and floral beauties brought into the greenhouse or arboretum. To be sure, chances of seeing the most exotic world varieties one needed to visit a Society's or collector's ornamental gardens. Only the well off enjoyed the flowers in their homes as centerpieces.
I am not belittling the humble wildflower bouquet or the arm full of roses from the home gardener. All flowers have subtle beauty.
I do not know when flower worshipers started making and mimicking flowers. Probably the poor souls that could not travel to see the start of bloom in spring or the glory of the poppy field after a rain.
Bringing the artificial flower into the home probably had it's first boom in the 1950's. I remember the big array of metal baskets at the dime store that my Mother would browse to buy stems to make her plastic flower arrangements. Since the 1970's most artificial flowers are made of polyester fabrics that are dipped in gelatine to stiffen it.
Choices in fabric texture, color, stem parts and assembly are the components that can make an artificial stem realistic and exquisite. Jane Seymour Botanicals has found the right ingredients to make the arrangements in her collections.