President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that made the rose the United States' National Floral Emblem. People everywhere have been passionate about roses for centuries. Is it any surprise then that June Is National Rose Month?
The World's Largest Rose Bush is a White Lady Banksia. It is reported that a young Scottish bride named Mary Gee planted a White Lady Banks rose not long after her arrival in 1855 in the mining camp at Tombstone and it has grown and bloomed ever since. From a single trunk it has spread over an arbor that covers over 8000 square feet. Each spring it is honored by an annual event when it puts forth its millions of tiny white blossoms in April. Under its branches, which are supported by 68 posts and thousands of feet of piping, there is space to seat 150 people. The world's oldest living rose is thought to be 1,000 years old. Today it continues to flourish on the wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral of Germany.
In honor of National Rose Month, why not plant a beautiful rose? The plant will reward you many times over with it's beautiful fragrant blossoms.
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