Thursday, April 19, 2012


Tombstone, Arizona is home to the World’s Largest Rose according to the Guiness Book of World Records.  It is lovingly called by residents of Tombstone as the Shady Lady because she covers an entire enclosed courtyard in one of the tiny streets of Tombstone, Arizona.  She is a white “Lady Banks’ Rose" or R. banksiae banksiae.

She came into being in the Arizona desert in 1885 when she was brought in as a gift to a new and homesick bride from Scotland and planted and taken care of for her by her friends.  The Shady Lady grew up in a trellis about 8-foot high that provides shade to the big courtyard.  She has a romantic history and so under her canopy, many couples have exchanged their vows of love and devotion to each other.

Some people have never heard of her but the whole town of Tombstone has a big Rose Celebration in the month of April when she is in her glory.  Her impressive, gorgeous blooms are a sight to behold and her perfume is intoxicating.   If you are in Arizona, be sure to visit her.

Roses are easy plants to grow contrary to popular belief. Why do you think Roses have been around for millions of years?  All they need are food, water and sunlight.  Just like you and me. 

Here at Rose Gardening World, we’ll educate you about the Rose - our National Floral Emblem and the state flower of several states.  Welcome to the World of Rose Gardening or Rose Gardening World where Rose Gardening Tips, Rose Growing Advice, Planting a Rose Garden, Rose Descriptions, Where to Buy Roses, Where to see Rose Gardens, Rose Culture, Rose History, Rose Events, Rose Verses are all here in one place. So, plant a rose today! 

We are constantly updating our contents so visit Rose Gardening World often.  We want to help you grow Beautiful Roses and we welcome comments.  Take time and smell the roses.  Happy Rose Gardening!

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