In 1985 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution making the rose the national floral emblem. September 23, 1986, the House of Representatives passed a joint resolution doing the same.
President Ronald Reagan signed the resolution October 7, 1986 in an appropriate ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.
OUR WHITE HOUSE ROSE GARDEN
In 1902 Edith Carrow Roosevelt (Teddy Roosevelt's wife), along with a gardener, designed a "Colonial Garden" south of the west colonnade of the White house, and a less formal garden south of the east of the White House complex.
In 1913 Ellen Louise Axon Wilson (2nd wife of Woodrow) replaced the West Garden with a rose garden. The garden to the east end of the White House she called the East Garden.
Jackie Kennedy had the Rose Garden redesigned for use as a venue for outdoor ceremonies.
The Jacqueline Kennedy flower garden, the East Garden, balances the Rose Garden on the east end of the White House. Lady Bird Johnson dedicated this garden to Jacqueline Kennedy, hence the current name of the East Garden.
Trivia question: What color is the White House? Answer: alabaster.
The "President's House's" limestone walls were whitewashed alabaster following its burning by the British in 1814 during the war of 1812. Pres. Theodore Roosevelt began calling the mansion the "White house" on letterhead during his presidency.
When James Monroe and Robert Livingston went to France to negotiate the Louisanna Purchase they met with Napoleon in the Louvre palace Sunday, May, 1, 1803. During the discussion Napoleon congratulated the men for the brilliant things Americans did with England during our Revolution. Remember, France was at war with England and was willing to help us in our struggle for freedom from our common enemy, the British. During the the discussion Napoleon predicted: "You may probably be in war with them again." He was right.
HOW ABOUT THESE MEN
Many think of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt as a rough-riding and hunting man. He had a tender side, also. He once wrote to his children that he and his wife, Edith, had sailed far down the Potomac River to Wakefield, the birthplace of George Washington. Here is a part of his letter: "Every vestige of the house is destroyed, but a curious and rather pathetic thing is that, although it must be a hundred years since the place was deserted, there are still multitudes of flowers which must have come from those in the old garden. There are iris and narcissus and a little blue flower, with a neat, prim, clean smell that makes one feel as if it ought to be put with lavener into chests of fresh old linens. The narcissus in particular was growing around everywhere, together with real wild flowers like the painted columbine and the star of bethlehem…"
Wakefield was restored in the 1930's.
Pres. Theodore Roosevelt could even name all the wildflowers that grew along the
C & O Canal tow path where he loved to walk with others who struggled to keep up the pace.
We would not have had George Washington if it were not for a terrible storm in 1657. Sometimes good comes from disaster. The merchant ship, Seahorse of London, was docked at Mattox Creek on the Potomac River to have tobacco loaded aboard when a powerful storm caused the ship to founder. Another source says that the ship sailed over a sandbar being heavier than when it sailed to shore. John Washington was the second officer of this ship. Inspite of the fact that the ship was later refloated he decided to remain in Virginia where he stayed with Col. Nathaniel Pope. He soon fell in love with the Colonel's daughter, Anne, and they were married. Col. Pope gave him a 700 acres estate between Mattox Creek and Pope's Creek as a wedding gift. His first wife had died earlier in northern England where the large Washington estate, Sulgrave Manor, stands today. It was from this union that George Washington sprang. If the ship had returned to England George Washington would not have been born.