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Why Do We Have National Rose Month?

June 19, 2018

Happy National Rose Month! Whether you’ve been counting down the days until June for weeks or you just learned it was National Rose Month, you’ve likely thought to yourself “why do we have an entire month dedicated to roses?” Because they hold a special place in our hearts and country’s history, roses have earned many honors other flowers can only dream about.

In honor of National Rose Month, let’s look at just a few reasons why roses deserve an entire month all to themselves.

Roses and Love

Most obviously, roses represent love and admiration — perhaps that’s why more than 110 million roses are sold each year on Valentine’s Day alone! Throughout history, roses have taken on a meaning all their own. During the Renaissance period, they were used to send secret, romantic messages among young lovers.

Roses in Pop Culture

Roses have long symbolized love and affection, but they’ve become somewhat of a staple metaphor in pop culture films and stories. As the main theme of the movie American Beauty and the trademark symbol for the film Beauty and the Beast, roses have had a major influence on media.

Roses in American History

As the most popular flower in America (and the world, for that matter), it’s no surprise that roses made their way into the most famous house in America — the White House.

  • On November 20, 1986, President Ronald Reagan declared the rose the national floral emblem of the United States while standing in the White House Rose Garden.
  • The rose is also the state flower for North Dakota, Georgia, Oklahoma, New York and Iowa.
  • The White House Rose Garden was started in 1913 by First Lady Ellen Wilson.
  • Presidents still use the White House Rose Garden as the location for bill signings, press conferences, and diplomatic meetings.
  • It’s believed that George Washington was one of the first American rose breeders.

Celebrating National Rose Month

Now that you know just how important roses are, it’s time to celebrate them! Perhaps you’ll grab your scissors or glue guns and get crafty, maybe you’ll visit a rose festival, or maybe you’ll start a rose garden of your own. Whatever you choose, just make sure you spread the word about these nationally beloved beauties!

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