Ah, roses. A generic symbol of love and a totally overdone tattoo design. But despite their ubiquity, 85 percent of Americans list roses as their favorite flowers. In fact, the rose is so popular that in 1986, President Ronald Reagan named it the official floral emblem of the United States. The rose was even instrumental in the discovery of America. According to lore, Christopher Columbus' crew became overjoyed when they plucked a rose branch from the ocean because it signaled the presence of land. The following day, Columbus discovered America.
Celebrate this beloved flower--and its thorny hold on the American heart--at Julia Davis Park on Sunday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the 21st annual Art and Roses fine art sale. A percentage of sales benefits the upkeep of the lovely Julia Davis Rose Garden.