He loved to present beautiful and sweet-smelling flowers to His numerous visitors.

J.E. Esslemont, Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, Chapter 4

The “ministry of flowers” was a feature of the life at Akká, of which every pilgrim brought away fragrant memories. Mrs. Lucas writes: — “When the Master inhales the odor of flowers, it is wonderful to see him. It seems as though the perfume of the hyacinths were telling him something as he buries his face in the flowers. It is like the effort of the ear to hear a beautiful harmony, a concentrated attention!”

A Brief Account of My Visit to `Akká, p. 25-26.