Behold the evolution of the Peace Rose. My father told the story - the varsity of which I can't confirm - that this rose was brought as a seedling to President Franklin Roosevelt by a French diplomat just days before Hitler invaded Paris. FDR handed it over to the care of the horticulturalists at the D.C. Botanical Gardens and called it the Peace Rose in the hope of peace to come. I have never verified this account. I love its romance and symbolism. If it isn't true, it should be.