Roses Through Time

"Beetle at the Rose Branch" by Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy. Found in the collection of the State A. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

Humans have painted roses, written about them, and assigned them symbolic meaning for centuries. But this much-beloved flower predates mankind, and it's a little difficult to track our early relationship with cultivating it.

Here is the San Francisco Gate Guide to Rose Breeding we mentioned in the episode:

Holly's Research

  • Culpeper, Nicholas. “Culpeper’s Complete Herbal: A Book of Natural Remedies for Ancient Ills. Wordsworth Editions. 1995.
  • Elliott, Brent. “The Rose.” The Royal Horticultural Society. 2016.
  • “The History of Roses.” University of Illinois Extension.
  • Haynes, Jerry. “History of Roses.” American Rose Society.,
  • Chicago Botanic Garden. “Roses: A Brief History.”
  • “L’histoire de la roseraie Guillot.” Guillot Creation & Production (blog). Jan. 2, 2012.
  • The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Rose.” Encyclopædia Britannica.
  • The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Theophrastus.” Encyclopædia Britannica.

Topics in this Podcast: horticulture, European history, Asian history, Chinese history, plants, domestication