April 29th is National Peace Rose Day!
It’s a day to commemorate the iconic Peace Rose, a symbol of hope and unity.
The Peace Rose is one of the most popular and widely recognized roses in the world, known for its beautiful pink and yellow blooms and its powerful message of peace.
History of National Peace Rose Day
The Peace Rose was created by French horticulturist Francis Meilland in the late 1930s. Meilland began breeding roses in the 1920s and spent years perfecting the Peace Rose, which he named after the end of World War II.
In 1945, he sent cuttings of the rose to growers in several countries, including the United States.
The rose was an instant success and quickly became one of the most popular and beloved roses in the world.
What other roses did the French horticulturist Francis Meilland create?
Though his most famous rose is the Peace Rose, Francis Meilland actually cultivated quite a few other popular rose varieties, including:
- ‘Papa Meilland’ – A hybrid tea rose with deep red, velvety blooms.
- ‘Bonica’ – A shrub rose with clusters of small, pink flowers that bloom throughout the summer.
- ‘Climbing Peace’ – A climbing version of the ‘Peace’ rose with large, fragrant blooms.
- ‘Francis Meilland’ – A hybrid tea rose with large, pink blooms that have a subtle, sweet fragrance.
- ‘Garden Party’ – A hybrid tea rose with creamy white blooms that have a light, fruity fragrance.
Meillands decision to send seeds to the US saved his business and his family’s future. He was able to continue cultivating roses after the war and today, we can thank him for his perseverance as we celebrate the Peace Rose.
“How strange to think that all these millions of rosebushes sprang from a tiny seed no bigger than the head of a pin—a seed we might so easily have overlooked or neglected in a moment of inattention, or which might have been relished as a tidbit by some hungry field mouse.”Francis Meilland
Ideas for Celebrating National Peace Rose Day
National Peace Rose Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the Peace rose and what it stands for. Let’s take a look at some ways to honor this day!
- Plant a Peace Rose
- Planting a Peace Rose is a great way to celebrate National Peace Rose Day and to add some beauty and positivity to your garden. Peace Roses are available at most garden centers and nurseries.
- Learn About the History of the Peace Rose
- Take some time to learn about the history of the Peace Rose and its significance. You can read articles or watch videos on the topic to gain a better understanding of this iconic rose.
- Host a Peaceful Gathering
- Consider hosting a peaceful gathering or event to celebrate National Peace Rose Day. You can invite friends and family to enjoy a picnic or potluck in a local park or relaxing resort area.
- Share on Social Media
- Share your love for the Peace Rose on social media by posting photos of your own Peace Roses or sharing interesting facts about the history and significance of the rose. Share this post and use the hashtag #NationalPeaceRoseDay to join the conversation and connect with other Peace Rose enthusiasts.
National Peace Rose Day is a lovely holiday that celebrates the beauty and significance of the Peace Rose, a gorgeous and meaningful flower.
By celebrating National Peace Rose Day, we can honor the legacy of Francis Meilland and his Peace Rose.
Happy National Peace Rose Day!