History of National Rose Month

History of National Rose Month

The history of National Rose Month is quite fascinating. Here are some key points:

  1. Origins:

    • The rose has been admired for its beauty and fragrance for centuries. It comes in over 300 species and is native to various regions, including Asia, Europe, North America, and north-western Africa.
    • The first rose in America is believed to have been found in modern-day Colorado around 50 million years ago.
    • Common garden roses found today date back to 18th-century China.
  2. Establishment:

    • National Rose Month was first observed in 1959 as part of efforts to designate the rose as the national flower of the United States.
    • In 1986, President Ronald Reagan officially made the rose the national flower of the United States.
  3. Significance:

    • The rose has inspired poets, artists, and people worldwide due to its exquisite beauty and fragrance.
    • It serves various purposes, including ornamental gardening, decoration, food, medicine, aromatherapy, and commercial perfumery.
  4. Notable Events:

    • 1867: The Hybrid Tea Rose makes its debut.
    • 1913: First Lady Ellen Wilson starts the White House Rose Garden.
    • 1959: Rose Queen Arlene Hennessey of Bayonne, New Jersey, is crowned in honour of National Rose Month.
    • 1986: The rose becomes the official national flower of the U.S..

National Rose Month is celebrated each year in June, the ideal time to appreciate these magnificent blooms as they are in full bloom during this season. 🌹

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