ODE TO THE ROSE
Welcome to the World of Rose Gardening or Rose Gardening World. Take time and smell the roses. Roses have been around for millions of years which just prove that roses are not difficult to grow. The Rose is also our National Floral Emblem and the state flower of several states. Here at Rose Gardening World, you’ll find rose articles that will educate you about roses – its history, rose culture, rose profiles and even rose verses all in one place. So visit Rose Gardening World often.
The rose has been revered for millions of years as a symbol of love and beauty and has been an inspiration to poets and painters. Rose leaf impressions have been discovered in chalk formed in the Miocence age of 70 million years ago. The first rose illustrations were found in the ruins of the 4000-year-old Minoan capital, Knossos, in Crete. Empress Josephine (1763-1814), wife of Napoleon was so enamored by them, she commissioned Pierre Redoute to paint them from her garden at Malmaison in France and immortalized in his book ‘Les Roses’ (1817-1824).
The poetess Sappho at 650 B.C. declared it the Queen of Flowers in her “Ode to the Rose.”
"Would you appoint some other flower to reign
In matchless beauty on the plain,
The Rose (mankind will all agree)
The Rose the Queen of Flowers should be.”