Do you love roses? Do you know that June is National Rose Month? Do you know that the rose is the national flower?
On November 20, 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution making the rose the national floral emblem at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden:
Americans have always loved the flowers with which God decorates our land. More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity. For the love of man and woman, for the love of mankind and God, for the love of country, Americans who would speak the language of the heart do so with a rose.
We see proofs of this everywhere. The study of fossils reveals that the rose has existed in America for age upon age. We have always cultivated roses in our gardens.
Our first President, George Washington, bred roses, and a variety he named after his mother is still grown today. The White House itself boasts a beautiful Rose Garden. We grow roses in all our fifty States. We find roses throughout our art, music, and literature.
We decorate our celebrations and parades with roses. Most of all, we present roses to those we love, and we lavish them on our altars, our civil shrines, and the final resting places of our honored dead.(...)
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States of America.
The best place to enjoy the roses in New York is the Cranford Rose Garden in Brooklyn Botanical Garden . A year ago I published post about this place. This garden is so densely packed with so many roses of all different varieties and colors - white, pink, red... Who doesn't love being surrounded by rows upon rows of roses?! The roses smelled so wonderful. and they are all so beautiful!
I was there yesterday and spent about an hour almost alone - Brooklyn Botanical Garden opens at 8 AM on weekdays and is free on Tuesday. It is also free on Saturdays 10–Noon. Now it is the wonderful opportunities for photographs and for rose lovers to enjoy while the roses are in full bloom.