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: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/breed-roses-75503.html
- 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. https://extension.illinois.edu/roses/history.cfm
- Haynes, Jerry. “History of Roses.” American Rose Society. http://www.rose.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/History-of-Roses-Species-Part-A.pdf, http://www.rose.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/History-of-Roses-Species-Part-B.pdf
- Chicago Botanic Garden. “Roses: A Brief History.” https://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/roses_brief_history
- “L’histoire de la roseraie Guillot.” Guillot Creation & Production (blog). Jan. 2, 2012. http://blog.roses-guillot.com/notre-histoire/
- The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Rose.” Encyclopædia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/plant/rose-plant
- The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Theophrastus.” Encyclopædia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Theophrastus