The Rose Of The Century – ‘Peace’ Hybrid Tea

Found this video clip on YouTube this weekend and just had to share it. Just proves all the more, every rose does have a story to tell.

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13 Responses to The Rose Of The Century – ‘Peace’ Hybrid Tea

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  2. Kajsa Haracz says:

    Thanks for sharing, Chris!!


    • I have a ‘Peace” rose in my garden planted in memory of my mother who encouraged me as a boy to tend roses.
      The story of this rose is such an incredible story. Well told in this clip….


  3. Strayer says:

    Not on topic, but I had a Chicago Peace in a container next to a Mr. Lincoln and the next time it bloomed it was shocking pink. I moved it and it went back to cream and light pink.
    Candelabra is a lovely floribunda and quite hardy.
    Kaleidoscope is wonderful and I think is a floribunda. I couldn’t find it at Jackson Perkins online and I couldn’t find a photo of it. It must be under a different name.
    Peace roses aren’t easy to get up here in the north. It may be because garden centers stock newer roses as well as their steady sellers. Peace must be not popular. That’s strange.


    • Thanks for visiting my blog. The rose ‘peace’ is still available in many homecenters and online. jackson & perkins might carry this rose from inventory, but the folks at Conard-Pyle and Star Roses is the company that actually introduced this rose in the US. Heirloom Roses carries it online Check it out! I have heard of Kaleidoscope and Candelabra, but have not seen them for some years. Chicago Peace is an awesome rose indeed.


  4. LA Edwards says:

    Thank you for your kind words about our photos. I quite frankly was stunned. We appreciate our followers and love doing what we are doing. Thanks for following us. We have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your wonderful shots of roses as well. 🙂


  5. Hi Chris, what a treat to learn of this rose’s past. A friend just lent me her book For Love of a Rose, and by-gosh, it’s the story of Peace Rose.


    • It’s a great story. One of the best I have read. Have you read “A Rose By Any Name” by Douglass Brenner & Stephen Scanniello? Great book about how some roses got their names….


  6. tamara says:

    I like how this rose looks against fence,and I love the flowers,so beautiful!


  7. debsgarden says:

    I have loved Peace for many years. I really enjoyed learning the moving story behind its name.


  8. Sandra says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Chris. I love Peace and its Chicago Peace sport; I love the rose and its story.


  9. Tina says:

    I had the honor of voicing this documentary. Thank you for sharing! Its a great story inspirational and one of my favorite projects!! ❤️🌹🙏🏽


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