The rose has been held in special and sacred regard for thousands of years and has been associated with heraldry, painting, music, myth, and religion across the ages. Grown for its medicinal and culinary properties as well as for perfumery, the rose in ancient times formed an integral part of carnivals, festivals, and the cosmetic industry. From the rose gardens of Malmaison belonging to Napoleon's Empress Josephine, to the Wars of the Roses, the rose has a fascinating history. Since the few known roses of the Middle Ages, the curiosity of travellers, the patience of plantsmen, and the dilligence of botanists all contributed to bring together roses from every part of the globe, crossing and developing them to produce the thousands of different varieties seen today.
|Publisher:||Little Books, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.97(d)|
About the Author
Allen Paterson is the former director of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Canada and of the Chelsea Physic Garden in the United Kingdom. He is known throughout the world as a preeminent garden writer whose books include Trees for Your Garden and Plants for Shade.
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A very readable account of the sometime convoluted family history of the rose, through the centuries. As well as covering the breeding of our favourite flower it also discusses how it became the pre-eminent floral symbol in art and literature.