The Symbolism of the Rose

Danica Maricic, Design Editor & Communications Manager

March 5, 2019

Garden

Fragrant beauty, the rose, is certainly among the greatest floral inspirations, whether one is talking about the inspiration of painters or poets.

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In ancient times, the Greeks and Romans associated roses with Aphrodite and Venus.

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Nowadays, these graceful flowers symbolize different emotions – red roses speak of passionate love, pink ones express thankfulness and appreciation, yellow beauties shine joy and optimism; white roses represent hope for the new beginnings, orange ones show enthusiasm.

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A single rose in full bloom declares “I love you.” or “I still love you.” as a bouquet of rosebuds compliments on youthful appearance and beauty.

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Also, since ancient times the rose has represented secrecy or confidentiality of any discussion or event.

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For example, roses painted on the ceilings of ancient Roman banquet rooms were a signal that everything that was said should remain “sub rosa” (“under the rose” in Latin), meaning that it shouldn’t be spoken of outside of the room.

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“Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet.” Katharine Lee Bates

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