Tuesday, June 16, 2009
What's in a name...
Rosa 'Madame A. Meilland' was created near Lyon, France in the 1930s. When it became evident that the Nazis would soon invade France, cuttings of the rose were sent to rose growers in several countries, including the U.S.
The flower first debuted at a U.S. exhibition in 1945 on the same day that Berlin fell to the Allies. Due to this momentous event, it was officially named the Peace rose. Later that year, Peace roses were given to the delegations attending the first meeting of the United Nations. A note was attached to each rose that said:
"We hope the 'Peace' rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace".
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What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet...
~William Shakespeare, from Romeo & Juliet