Peace Rose by fishers

Peace Rose

The Memorial Garden in Leeman Road, York, has a plot with a very attractive display of these roses, so I just had to stop for a few photos on my walk yesterday between the railway museum and the city centre.

The Peace rose, formally Rosa 'Madame A. Meilland', is a well-known and successful garden rose. By 1992, over one hundred million plants of this hybrid tea had been sold. The cultivar has large flowers of a light yellow to cream color, slightly flushed at the petal edges with crimson-pink. It is hardy and vigorous and relatively resistant to disease, making it popular in gardens as well as in the floral trade.

It was developed by French horticulturist Francis Meilland, in the years 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 by the Conard Pyle Co. during the war.

The rose eventually became known as Peace. In early 1945 rose grower Meilland wrote to Field Marshal Alan Brooke (later Viscount Alanbrooke) to thank him for his key part in the liberation of France and to ask if Brooke would give his name to the rose. Brooke declined saying that, though he was honored to be asked, his name would soon be forgotten and a much better and more enduring name would be 'Peace'.

The adoption of the trade name 'Peace' was publicly announced in the United States on 29 April 1945 by the introducers, Conard Pyle Co. This was the very day that Berlin fell, a day considered a turning point in the Second World War in Europe. Later that year Peace roses were given to each of the delegations at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco, each with a note that read: 'We hope the 'Peace' rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace'.

It is therefore a very appropriate rose to have in a memorial garden.

Ian
Beautiful
August 5th, 2022  
wow
August 5th, 2022  
Nice delicate image
August 5th, 2022  
A beautiful rose.Fav😊
August 5th, 2022  
Beautiful image The peace rose was one of the favourite roses bought in the 60/70s when I worked at my dads Garden Centre. It has such an interesting back story.
August 5th, 2022  
Great close up of the Queen of roses. Fav.
( They past the north side of our country. To dry here.)
August 5th, 2022  
Peace Rose is my Living Memorial for my dad...
August 5th, 2022  
So beautiful
August 5th, 2022  
so good!
August 5th, 2022  
wow! amazing
fav
August 5th, 2022  
Such a gorgeous capture and colour, and what a very appropriate name
August 5th, 2022  
Lovely, I can almost smell it.
August 5th, 2022  
And peace be with you too! Fav.
August 6th, 2022  
Love the pastel colours.
August 6th, 2022  
What a beautiful rose!
August 6th, 2022  
Beautiful!
August 6th, 2022  
Gorgeous and great information...fav.
August 6th, 2022  
Fabulous capture and the flower stands so well to its name. Fav.
August 6th, 2022  
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Thank you all for your lovely comments and favs, they are very much appreciated.

These are wonderful roses with beautiful large blooms. My mum and dad had a rose garden, and pride of place was a peace rose just outside their window. Later they added a Pink Peace rose to their collection, but it wasn't as attractive as the original Peace.

Ian
August 6th, 2022  
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