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I planted a new rose today. Peace (see representative photo). This type of rose is the most famous and possibly the most successful rose ever grown. Originally developed in France by horticulturist Francis Melliand during the coming Nazi invasion of his country he sent cuttings of this fledgling rose to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany and the United States. Peace was announced the the world on April 29, 1945, the day that Berlin fell, the official end of World War II. Later that year, Peace roses were given to each delegate of the inaugural meeting of the United Nations, each with a note that read “We hope the ‘Peace’ rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace”.
I planted this rose in memory of my mother who passed away two years ago this month. She loved roses and passed this love on to me. After a long battle to recover from mutiple strokes and to complications of diabetes, I thank God she is at “Peace” in heaven.
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About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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