National Peace Rose Day

Peace Rose

Peace Rose

Continuing with Charlie’s invitation to find a day to doodle from National Calendar Days, today, (April 29th), is National Peace Rose Day.

War was on the horizon when French horticulturist Frances Meilland developed a hybrid tea rose with petals light yellow to cream-colored and edged with crimson pink.

Wanting to protect the new rose, cuttings were sent away to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany and the United States.  One story has it that the cuttings sent to the United States made it out on the last flight just ahead of the German invasion of France.

The rose cuttings thrived, and because the war prevented communications between the growers, different names were given to the new rose. In Italy, it was called Gioia, meaning Joy, while Germany named the rose Gloria Dei, for glory to God.  In France, it was called “Madame A. Meilland” in honor of the breeder’s mother, and is the official cultivar name for the rose.

As the Second World War finally came to a close in Europe, the trade name “Peace” was publicly announced on April 29, 1945, the name it was given in the United States, Sweden and Norway.  Later that year delegates at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations were each given a Peace rose with note that read:

“We hope the Peace rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace.”

Wishing for more trees (today, the last Friday in April, is also National Arbor Day), more roses, and of course more peace.

Ahead of the storm

Hope blossomed in foreign lands

Roses sweet as peace

 

27 thoughts on “National Peace Rose Day

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    Thank you Haunani for posting the story of the peace rose. My grandmother grew them, it was her favorite rose. When she passed we scattered her ashes in a peace rose garden.
    I love your beautiful drawing and poem. Thank you for sharing your art.

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    • artandmoondreams says:

      Thank you so much, I appreciate your taking the time to visit and comment. It is heart warming to learn how so many people have enjoyed this flower and the beautiful memories associated with it. Thank you for sharing your memories.

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  2. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says:

    Thanks for the interesting story, Haunani. I didn’t know those are peace roses. They are so beautiful and generous and pleasantly scented. Your gorgeous illustration introduces the story so well. And the meaning of your short poem came to life after I read the story. 🙂

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