A Rose by Any Name: The Little-Known Lore and Deep-Rooted History of Rose Names

A Rose by Any Name: The Little-Known Lore and Deep-Rooted History of Rose Names

by Douglas Brenner, Stephen Scanniello
     
 

Encompassing art, literature, science, technology, history, and everything in between, the stories behind rose varieties include enough curiosities, romance, tragedy, wit, mystery, scandal, and earthy delights to satisfy even those who would never dream of actually tending a plant. in addition to names, readers will learn that the perfume of 'Rosa Gallica' wafted

Overview

Encompassing art, literature, science, technology, history, and everything in between, the stories behind rose varieties include enough curiosities, romance, tragedy, wit, mystery, scandal, and earthy delights to satisfy even those who would never dream of actually tending a plant. in addition to names, readers will learn that the perfume of 'Rosa Gallica' wafted through Pliny's Roman villa and lulled Marie Antoinette on the night before her wedding; that 'Eglantine' is threaded through Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream; that roses in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were mainly raised for medicinal purposes; and that the world of rose-naming rights is one of complicated and fiercely guarded copyrights and patents. With full-color art throughout, this eclectic little volume is a must-have for die-hard rosarians, and for the less rose-obsessed, it's simply a marvelous miscellany starring what is arguably the world's most popular flower.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Rose aficionados, acclaimed authors, and dedicated gardeners, Brenner and Scanniello deftly explore the intricate history and enduring mystery behind four dozen of the most famous, obscure, exotic, and unassuming names in rose cultivation. . . .The authors provide plenty of arcane facts and tantalizing revelation in an equally entertaining and educational foray into the competitive, complicated, and frequently comical world of rose naming."—Booklist

Martha Stewart Living
"Rose aficionados, acclaimed authors, and dedicated gardeners, Brenner and Scanniello deftly explore the intricate history and enduring mystery behind four dozen of the most famous, obscure, exotic, and unassuming names in rose cultivation. . . .The authors provide plenty of arcane facts and tantalizing revelation in an equally entertaining and educational foray into the competitive, complicated, and frequently comical world of rose naming."—Booklist

Town & Country
“A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but its history would be very different. . . . Covering social and cultural history, technology, art, and science, A Rose by Any Name proves that a whole world can be found within the petals of a single rose. Consider the excerpt that follows our valentine to you.”—Martha Stewart Living

Kansas City Star
“[Brenner & Scaniello] tell the naming stories of some 1,200 varieties of roses among the more than 15,000 registered rose species and cultivars in their highly entertaining new book, A Rose by Any Name. Each of its illuminating chapters reads almost like a mini biography, albeit of a plant. Best of all, the authors even reveal how you can name a rose after yourself.”—Town & Country

From the Publisher
"[A Rose by Any Name's] charming illustrations add to the enlightening origins, history and lore of more than 1,200 rose names."—Kansas City Star
Martha Stewart Living Magazine Editors
"Rose aficionados, acclaimed authors, and dedicated gardeners, Brenner and Scanniello deftly explore the intricate history and enduring mystery behind four dozen of the most famous, obscure, exotic, and unassuming names in rose cultivation. . . .The authors provide plenty of arcane facts and tantalizing revelation in an equally entertaining and educational foray into the competitive, complicated, and frequently comical world of rose naming."—Booklist

Library Journal

The naming of roses continues to be an engrossing topic. Throughout history, roses have been named for historical figures, presidents, celebrities, fictional characters, food, and even an automobile (Chrysler Imperial). Molly Glentzer's beautiful book Pink Ladies & Crimson Gents explores the legends of the namesakes of 50 old-fashioned roses. Now, garden writer Brenner and Scanniello, the former rosarian at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, delve into similar territory but cover a broader expanse of rose history, back to 16th-century roses such as Rosa Mundi and forward to modern introductions like the hybrid tea named for Barbra Streisand. Each chapter profiles a specific rose and lists various other roses within the same category of naming. All classes of roses are included, from the Gallica roses of yesteryear to modern hybrid teas. Descriptions and characterizations are discussed, but this is not a horticultural how-to book; it is mainly concerned with the naming histories. This captivating compendium of historical miscellany will appeal to rose lovers as well as history buffs. Includes a glossary. For public libraries.
—Phillip Oliver

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565125186
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
02/03/2009
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,118,508
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Stephen Scanniello is best known as the gardener who transformed the Cranford Rose Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden into one of the world's most acclaimed rose gardens. President of the Heritage Rose Foundation and a member of the American Rose Society, he is a judge for the international rose trials in Europe and the United States. Scanniello has written three books on roses, including A Year of Roses, recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s Annual Book Award. He lives and gardens in New Jersey.

Douglas Brenner writes about gardens, antiques, and architecture for publications such as the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and Country Living. He is the coauthor, with artist Nancy Stahl, of Real Art: The Paint-by-Number Book and Kit (Workman 2004). Formerly the editor of Garden Design and Martha Stewart Living, Brenner divides his time between New York City and the New Jersey shore. He inherited his first rosebush, 'Climbing American Beauty,' from a previous owner of his house, who planted it there around 1910.

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