Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Peace Rose

Rosa ’Madame A. Meilland' universally known as the “Peace Rose” is ubiquitous in the modern American landscapes. For as common and easily recognized as she is, she has a most uncommon and intriguing history. Peace was created between 1935 and 1939 by the great French horticulturalist, Francis Meilland, who sent cuttings of the new rose to friends all over the world to protect her from the German invasion he feared. It is said that she arrived in the United States on the last plane to leave France before Paris fell.

Some say that Roosevelt christened Madame Meilland the Peace Rose in the hope of peace to come.  Some say it was a British Office who was instrumental in creating the war plan that ended WWII and humbly declined the honor of having the rose carry his name. Legends blossom where myth meets history; and Meilland’s beautiful hybrid tea with deep green foliage, mellow gold and crimson-rimmed blooms is the very essence of a romantic legend.