Flower Friday: Classic Pink Rose

“Believe it or not, the first trace of the pink rose was found in fossils dating back 40 million years! More recent historical evidence shows pink roses were grown in China‚Äôs Imperial rose gardens about 5,000 years ago and they have continued to play a part in history ever since. Horticulturally speaking, pink roses are a classic. They were the first color rose cultivated, since pink roses are most common in the wild. During the Victorian era, the pink rose was used to decorate everything from wallpaper to greeting cards.” (Source)

It’s Arbor Day!

“Arbor Day is a national holiday created to recognize the importance of trees. It is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. The most common way people celebrate Arbor Day is to get together in groups to plant trees. The day was the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraskan journalist who later became the U.S. Agriculture Secretary under President Grover Cleveland. Morton was an enthusiastic promoter of tree planting, had long championed the idea of a day dedicated to planting trees. Arbor Day was first celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1874, following a proclamation by Gov. Robert W. Furnas. In less than a decade, the idea for the holiday caught on in other sates until, by 1882, its observance had become a national event. Nebraska made Arbor Day a legal holiday in 1885, moving it to April 22, Morton‚Äôs birthday. An estimated one million trees were planted during the first Arbor Day.” (Source)