June is National Rose Month in the United States. Here are some ideas for celebrating:
- Fight the recession blues by adding at least one new rose to your garden.
- Show your children or grandchildren how to plant and care for roses.
- Host a garden party for your fellow rosarians.
- Set up a tour of your rose gardening club member’s gardens.
- Visit a public rose garden near you.
- Join a local rose gardening club.
- Begin a garden blog to celebrate your rose garden.
- Send photos of your roses to friends and family.
- Post photos or videos of local rose gardens on Flickr or YouTube.
- Gather your favorite rose photos and create a coffee table book to give as gifts.
- Create your own special postage stamp or seal celebrating your own rose garden.
- If you are a scrapbooker, create a special page or whole scrapbook devoted to your garden, especially your roses.
- Take a shut-in to visit a public rose garden near you.
- Give a rose plant to a nearby nursing home
- Volunteer to help care for the roses at a local park.
The GardenSites.Info Directory is the place to go to find public gardens and rose garden societies by state.
Interesting bits of rose trivia:
- Since 1986 the rose has been the official National Floral Emblem of the United States.
- A rose is the official state flower of: the District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, New York, and North Dakota.
- George Washington was the first rose breeder in the US.
- Roses are native plants in the US.
- Roses are big business: 1.2 billion are sold annually.
This post was first published in June 1, 2005. It was updated May 28, 2009.