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Our Love of the Rose

Updated on May 27, 2018

Rose Garden at Wickham Park

Walking through a rose garden is an intoxicating and beautiful experience. More photos from this garden are in the middle of this page
Walking through a rose garden is an intoxicating and beautiful experience. More photos from this garden are in the middle of this page | Source

What is a Rose?

A rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa within the family of Rosaceae , of which there are over 100 species. Some are shrubs, and some climb and trail. They can grow up to over 19 feet, and usually have sharp prickles on them.They are beautiful, and come in many different colors, shapes and sizes.They flower from June to September, and most of them are fragrant. The flowers are hermaphrodite (containing both male stamen and female stigma), and they are pollinated by bees.

Most species are native to Asia, and many are native to Europe, North America and Northwest Africa.

Rose bushes or bouquets make a beautiful gift
Rose bushes or bouquets make a beautiful gift | Source

What are Roses Used For?

  • For ornamentation, as in gardens or potted plants
  • As a gift of love and affection, in the form of a bouquet or potted plant
  • In art, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, ornamental architectural elements, stamps, and photography
  • In the form of perfume, rose oil, or rose water
  • In cosmetics
  • In cooking
  • In medicine
  • As symbolism in religion

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The Rose's Symbolism:

  • The rose has long been used as a symbol of love and beauty.
  • "Rose" means pink or red in a variety of languages.
  • Ancient Greeks and Romans alike identified the rose with the goddess of love, Aphrodite (Greek) and Venus (Roman).
  • The phrase "sub rosa", or "under the rose", means to keep a secret. It was derived from the ancient Roman practice of placing a wild rose on the door of a room where secret matters were discussed.
  • Rose of England: the rose is the national flower of England
  • In Alberta, Canada, the wild rose is the provincial flower.
  • In 1986, the rose was named as the floral emblem of the United States of America.
  • Also in the USA, 4 states have the rose as their state's flower: Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia and New York.
  • "City of Roses" is Portland, Oregon's nickname, and holds the annual Rose Festival
  • Pasadena, California holds the Tournament of Roses Parade in conjunction with the Rose Bowl

Roses in Food and Drinks:

  • Rose hips can be used in jams, jellys and marmalades
  • In France, Rose Hip Syrup , made by pressing and filtering rose hips, are widely used. In the USA, this French syrup is used to make rose scones
  • It's used to produce Rose Hip Seed Oil , which is also used in some skin and makeup products
  • Rose petals or flower buds are sometimes used to flavor tea, or else combined with other herbs to make tisanes
  • Rose flowers are sometimes used to flavor or add scent to food. Candied rose petals are also a nice visual treat, sometimes used to embellish desserts
  • Rose Creams , rose-flavored fondant covered in chocolate and often topped with a crystallized rose petal, are a traditional English confectionary

What are Tisanes?

Tisanes are also known as herbal teas or herbal infusions. They consist of a mix of dried fruits, herbs, and sometimes flowers. They are appealing for their taste, as well as for being caffeine free.

They can be brewed as tea, or else added to tea leaves, creating an aromatic blend of tea.

Roses throughout a Rose Garden

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Roses in Medicine:

  • Rose Hips are a rich source of vitamins A, C and E, minerals, and flavenoids. It's a good source of essential fatty acids
  • It's used in herbal and folk medicine, and in Chinese traditional medicine
  • The flowers (and even the roots and leaves, to a smaller extent) may help regulate menstruation and stimulate blood circulation in women
  • Flower buds are used to treat poor circulation, stomach pains, and swelling
  • The leaves, fruits and roots are also used to treat arthritus, boils and coughs
  • The fruit can be applied to sprains, ulcers and wounds

Roses in Religion and Socialism:

  • Roses are associated with the Virgin Mary
  • The red rose has been adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christian martyrs
  • In Iran and the surrounding areas, the rose is a prominant part of their geometrical gardens
  • Jilani, the Sufi master, is known as "The Rose of Baghdad", and the Qadiriyya (his order) use the rose as its symbol
  • The emblem of Islamabad Capital Territory in Pakistan is the rose
  • Roses are associated with both St. Valentines Day (known as Valentines Day in modern times) and St George's Day
  • On Valentines Day, it is typical to give roses as a gift to a loved one
  • Many countries celebrate St Georges Day. In Catalonia it is also known as El de la Rosa (The Day of the Rose) or as El dia del Llibre (The Day of the Book). It is celebrated on April 23rd. Historically, men give women roses, and women give men a book to celebrate the occasion- "a rose for love and a book forever"
  • A red rose is a symbol of socialism or social democracy
  • A World War 2 non violent resistance group in Germany was referred to as "The White Rose"


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