June is Rose month and before its over, I thought I’d write about how many roses get their name.
Famous people have been the inspiration for naming beautiful roses for almost as long as the rose has been around. In fact, the naming of rose hybrids in honor of loved ones, ex-presidents such as John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, First Ladies like Barbara Bush, royalty such as Queen Elizabeth and Princess of Monaco or religious leaders like St. Patrick, Cardinal de Richelieu, and Billy Graham are just a few of the thousands of “celebrities” who’s names were given to roses of all shapes, sizes and varieties.
One might think naming a rose after a famous person is a badge of honor however according to the Rose Hybridizers Association its more about name recognition. The more recognizable the name, the easier the rose is to market
“The rose is the queen of flowers. It’s the most beloved garden plant. What better way to immortalize our stars… says Tom Carruth, the legendary hybridizer and creator of the Julia Child, Betty Boop, and George Burns roses.
GOOD CAN COME OUT OF THE NAMING OF A ROSE as evidenced by the sales of the Diana, Princess of Wales hybrid. In fact 15% of net sales has been donated to her Memorial Fund, as an ongoing effort to support the causes she devoted herself to.
I wonder why kind of rose they will name after Michael Jackson (rest in peace)? My guess is it will be something disarming, bright, showy and a little quirky.
Here are pictures of some famous roses:
Other famous roses include:
Charles De Gaule
Leonardo da Vinci,
Crown Princess Margareta
DUCHESS OF CORNWALL
Sir Walter Raleigh
Santa Claus l
To see the images of these roses and others visit: http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/511637400pyTfiM
JUST FOR FUN: Try your hand at the celebrity roses quiz here: