National Rose Month

Did you know that June is National Rose Month?  President Ronal Reagan signed legislation in 1986 declaring the rose the National Floral Emblem of the U.S., which also created National Rose Month.  During June, rose lovers celebrate this popular flower by holding conventions, sharing pictures of their own rose gardens, and sending beautiful roses to their friends.

Here are some fun facts about the rose:

In the seventeenth century, roses were so popular that royalty treated them as currency!  Roses and rose water was legal tender in many places.

The first roses were cultivated in China over 5,000 years ago!

There is a rose bush on the wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany that is believed to be the world’s oldest living rose and is said to be over 1,000 years old.

In the United States, the oldest fossilized imprint of a rose was found in Florissant, Colorado, and it’s estimated to be 35 million years old.

Join George’s in celebrating National Rose Month by sending some beautiful rose bouquets to loved ones in Roanoke, VA!