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Peace Rose Day
"We hope the 'Peace' Rose will influence men's thoughts for everlasting world peace."
~ United Nations, 1945
The Peace Rose was developed by the French rose breeder, Francis Meilland, between 1935 and 1939, who sent cuttings to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany and the USA when the inevitability of war in Europe became unmistakable. Some of these roses were on the very last flight out of France before the German invasion for safekeeping by rose breeders in the US. By April 1945, the Conrad-Pyle Company introduced this rose in America under the appropriate name of 'Peace, coincidentally on the very same day that Berlin fell, ending the war in Europe. Its naming ceremony took place at the first annual rose show of the Pacific Rose Society in Pasadena, California, during which two white doves were released into the heavens, in honor of this beautiful new rose and the principle to which it is dedicated. The Peace rose and its deeper toned mutation Chicago Peace are perennial garden favourites, known for their large opulent flowers, and the same big quilted glossy apple-green leaves! 🌹🕊️
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan embodies the colors of the Peace Rose.
Considered one of the greatest roses of its time, developed in 1935, this hybrid rose was in the process of being refined by French hybridizer Francis Meilland before World War II. It was one of the items spirited away on some of the last planes to leave France before the German occupation.
By April 1945, the Conard-Pyle Company introduced this rose in America under the appropriate name of Peace, coincidentally on the very same day that Berlin fell, and the war was pronounced over.
This rose has had several names: France called it 'Madame A. Meilland' after Meilland's mother; Italy called it 'Goia' (Joy); Germany named it 'Glory Dei'; and the USA called it 'Peace'.
In 1995, nations around the world paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, and All-America Rose Selections (AARS) worked to make the Peace rose a focal point of the commemorative ceremonies.
As proof of its excellent lineage, the rose descendants of Peace read like a Who's Who of great roses: Royal Highness, Garden Party, Double Delight, Perfume Delight, and Princesse de Monaco, as well as others.
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