The Rose in History: Power, Beauty and the Sweet Smell of Success

June is National Rose Month, so we thought we would pay homage to this lovely flower. Roses have a storied and ancient history. Their delicate petals, their splendiferous hues, their enticing fragrances and their visual presence has inspired civilizations from time immemorial. Roses have been around for some 35 million years and evidence of their past glories have been found in the far reaches of the ancient world. Let’s explore their history further as we take a walk through the beauteous Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, where the ancient and modern find common blooming rights. To make your stroll even more memorable, steep some rose hips tea, sit back and relax to the sumptuous tones of Enya’s China Roses.

Click on any image below to learn more about the history of roses.

Footnotes:

1http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/miscellaneous/flowersandhistory/history-of-roses

2Ibid

3http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/AphroditeTreasures.html

4http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/miscellaneous/flowersandhistory/history-of-roses

5 http://www.plantevolution.org/pdf/Bruneau%26al_2007_SystBot.pdf

6http://m.extension.illinois.edu/roses/history.cfm

7http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/miscellaneous/flowersandhistory/history-of-roses

8Ibid

9 http://www.domsanierung.de/en/1000-years-age-rosetree

10 http://www.warsoftheroses.com/

11http://m.extension.illinois.edu/roses/history.cfm

12 http://www.allaboutmygarden.com/2013/02/flower-painter-for-napolean-bonapartes-wife-josephine/

13http://m.extension.illinois.edu/roses/history.cfm

14http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/miscellaneous/flowersandhistory/history-of-roses

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