This past Fall while my boyfriend and I were visiting Portland, Oregon we spent an afternoon in the International Rose Test Garden. Amazingly it opened in 1917 and it still thriving as a public garden that acts as a test ground for new rose species. Even though we visited in September, there were many roses still in full bloom. I made sure to drop a postcard from their shop in the mail to my Mother who has a new found love for roses.
Soon after my trip while I was Christmas shopping, I happened upon a book filled with lovely drawings and stories on the origins of rose names. It made a wonderful gift for my Mother who oohed and ahhhed as she flipped the pastel filled pages. A Rose by Any Other Name by Douglas Brenner & Stephen Scanniello is a wonderful book for creative inspiration and even offers a recipe for rose water.