If you love Roses, this is a wonderful time to be alive. The best known and best loved of all flowers; the record of the human passion for roses is lost in pre-history, yet there is evidence of roses being sold for oil in Turkey as early as 3000BC. Throughout the ages humans have revered the rose, risked their lives, sacrificed fortunes and even worshiped roses.
For centuries roses derived from their wild ancestors were bred and cultivated locally near their sites of origin. The first roses in Europe were introduced by the crusaders returning from the Middle East. In the 17th century plant collectors introduced hundreds of new varieties to rose breeders around the world. In the late 19th century commercial rose breeders began to develop new hybrids resulting in the thousands and thousands of cultivars available in the market. Today roses are grown commercially in nearly every country of the world. Truly the rose is “the flower of the world”.