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Flowers for eternity

Interior design isn't the only place where new "permanent botanicals" are growing in abundance. Cemeteries are seeing more and more silk flowers on grave sites.

"I use silk flowers for my dad's and daughter's (sites), and they last up to six months," says Nancy Hamblin, family services supervisor at Memory Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery in Concord, Calif.

At many cemeteries, as long as flowers _ fresh or faux _ look nice and stay in the vase, they can stay on the site, Hamblin says.

However, at the Concord cemetery, grounds crews do one of two annual clearings the weekend after Memorial Day, and those beautiful faux flowers often get tossed out with the wilted ones.

Another caveat: Your fake flowers might not stay on your chosen marker, Hamblin says. However tacky and illegal, visitors are known to scoop up pretty flowers on one grave and take them to another.

"That happens," she says. "It's too bad, but it does happen."