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centuries, roses have inspired love and brought beauty
to those who have received them. In fact, the rose's
rich heritage dates back thousands of years.
have been passionate about roses since the beginning
of time. In fact, it is said that the floors of
Cleopatra's palace were carpeted with delicate rose
petals, and that the wise and knowing Confucius
had a 600 book library specifically on how to care
art thou rose? In the readings of Shakespeare, of
course. He refers to roses more than 50 times throughout
years old. That's the age the world's oldest living
rose is thought to be. Today it continues to flourish
on the wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral of Germany.
white roses are so special is no mystery - it's
a myth. Perhaps it started with the Romans who believed
white roses grew where the tears of Venus fell as
she mourned the loss of her beloved Adonis. Myth
also has it that Venus' son Cupid accidentally shot
arrows into the rose garden when a bee stung him,
and it was the "sting" of the arrows that caused
the roses to grow thorns. And when Venus walked
through the garden and pricked her foot on a thorn,
it was the droplets of her blood which turned the
official - the rose is New York's state flower.
rose is a legend in it's own. The story goes that
during the Roman empire, there was an incredibly
beautiful maiden named Rhodanthe. Her beauty drew
many zealous suitors who pursued her relentlessly.
Exhausted by their pursuit, Rhodanthe was forced
to take refuge from her suitors in the temple of
her friend Diana. Unfortunately, Diana became jealous.
And when the suitors broke down her temple gates
to get near their beloved Rhodanthe she also became
angry, turning Rhodanthe into a rose and her suitors
Parton may be known for her music and theme park.
But rose lovers know her for the orange red variety
bearing her name.
rose by any other name... according to Greek Mythology,
it was Aphrodite who gave the rose its name.
the rose may bear no fruit, the rose hips (the part
left on the plant after a rose is done blooming)
contain more Vitamin C than almost any other fruit
rose is a symbol of times. In fact, it's the official
National Floral Emblem of the United States.
it to the romantic French to be the ones to first
deliver roses. It was in the seventeenth century
that French explorer Samuel deChamplain brought
the first cultivated roses to North America.
are truly ageless. Recently, archaeologists discovered
the fossilized remains of wild roses over 40 million
people of ancient Greece used roses to accessorize.
On festive occasions they would adorn themselves
with garlands of roses, and splash themselves with
wife Josephine so adored roses, she grew more than
the past 30 years and counting, June has been the
National Rose Month in the United States.