Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, grew over 250 varieties of roses. She had plenty of time--Napoleon was always "at the office" (that is he was at war expanding his Empire).
Aphrodite is believe to have given the rose its name.
Shakespeare mentioned the rose over 50 times in all his works.
The rose is the state flower of Georgia, Iowa, New York, North Dakota and the District of Columbia (which is not a State).
Cleopatra had her living quarters filled with rose petals so when Marc Antony met her there he would never forget her. Every time he smelled a rose he remembered her and her opulence.
There are over 15,000 species of roses.
The poetic line "A rose is a rose is a rose" comes from Gertrude Stein's poem Sacred Emily.
"What's in a name that which we call a a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is a line in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet" spoken by Romeo. By the way, in the famous statement, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo many people do not know the word wherefore means "for what reason." Juliet knew where he was; he was right down there and she was right up up there on the balcony. "For what reason are we from different families in this foolish feud and have different names" is her thought. "Why can't we simply marry and be happy," she mused.
The writer, a Shreve by surname, is pleased that the American Rose Society is located in Shreveport, LA.
A gardner, working in the beautiful rose garden of the Smithsonian Institute "Castle" (Washington, D.C.), shared that roses do not have thorns. They have prickles. The difference is that you can push the prickle from the stem. Prickles and thorns are a flower's way of preventing herbivory (eating of living plants).
Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, had an extensive rose collection at the grand Chateau de Malmaison west of London.
Three STINKING ROSE, A GARLIC RESTAURANTs can be found in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and in San Francisco The three serve over 3,000 pounds of garlic each month!
Why are these restaurants called Stinking Rose? The garlic, being an Allium, is a member of the Lily family. So why is it referred to as the stinking rose?
We must go to France. In 1918 Henri Leclerc (the clerk), translated garlic's ancient Greek name, scorodon, to skaion roden. Then to rose puante meaning stinking rose. This makes sense, perhaps, to someone who has eaten too many ramps in West Virginia.