Sunday, June 16, 2019

Rose: The Official Flower of Father's Day by Carol King

Father's Day Patio Rose
The rose is the official flower for Father’s Day and became so because of one of the founders of Father’s Day in the United States.  In 1910, Sonora Smart Dodd, from Washington State,  recognized the need for a Father’s Day after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon in church. She lost her mother at the age of 16, was reared by her father and became very passionate about the need for a Father’s Day. At the first Father's Day celebration, young women handed out roses at church, with attendees encouraged to pin on a rose in honor of their fathers– red for the living and white in memory of the deceased. Hence the rose became the official flower of Father’s Day. 
It wasn’t until 1972, during the Nixon administration, that Father’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday.

This year, why not celebrate Father’s Day by choosing a rose bush as a gift for your father? Roses can grow in most communities in Colorado. Roses grown here exhibit some of the most vivid colors seen anywhere in the country.

My Lovely Dad
My Dad 

Choose from several varieties developed specifically for this day:  Father’s Day, an orangey-red  patio rose ideal for growing in containers; My  Dad, a beautiful hybrid tea with bright red  blooms; My Lovely Dad, another hybrid tea, with beautifully formed blooms of blue-lilac with the petal edges tipped with violet.  (Roses from

Happy Father’s Day!