24 Mar 2013
One of the commissions I'm working on will show the Peace Rose - a yellow rose with a tinge of pale pink on the tips as it blooms.......the story of the Rose is bound up with the Second World War.
The rose was developed by French horticulturist Francis Meilland between 1935 to 1939. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France he sent cuttings to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States to protect the new rose. It is said, that it was sent to the US on the last plane available before the German invasion, where it was safely propagated during the war.
More about the history of the Peace Rose here and here