By Sarah Fiorello

yellow shrub rose

Roses have long held the power to enchant and inspire with their delicate beauty and intoxicating fragrance. Greek poets praised roses with their sweet perfume and profuse blooms as “perfume of the gods” and “queen of flowers.” The long held cultural symbol of love the rose embodies has many roots from the gallant knights and courtly troubadours who seized upon the rose as a symbol of romantic love to the Persians who likened the rose to blossoming young love.

The Young Flower Garden celebrates the deep connection between people and plants by showcasing the symbolic meanings associated with well-known flowers, and how they are reflected in art, literature, and myth. The Garden currently showcases 18 varieties of roses in bloom.

Explore this illustrative outdoor guide to discover more about why the rose is considered the “Queen of Flowers”