Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Location: Gardens of the American Rose Center
8877 Jefferson Paige Road
Shreveport, LA 71119
Time: 11:00 a.m. (CST) (American Rose Center opens at 9:00 a.m. CST)
EVENT BACKGROUND: The Peace Rose Stamp Dedication ceremony is scheduled as the kick-off to the Spring
Bloom Festival .The FDOI ceremony with be held outdoors in the David Austin Garden. Every year on April 29th, we
recognize National Peace Rose Day. The day is set aside to honor the “Peace” rose, a well-known and fruitful garden rose. The light yellow to large cream-colored flowers of the Peace rose have slightly flushed crimson pink petal edges.
The Gardens of the American Rose Center (Welcome Center), conference room is the designated location in case of inclement weather.
STAMP BACKGROUND: A new stamp celebrates one of the most popular roses of all time, the Peace rose. In
mid-1930s France, the Meillands, a famous rose-breeding family, developed a unique rose with yellow petals
delicately edged with pink, which they named Madame A. Meilland. Years later, as World War II escalated in Europe;
the Meillands sent the new rose’s budwood to plantsmen in Germany, Italy, and the U.S., In the U.S., the rose was
introduced on April 29, 1945, and made available for sale to the public. With war still raging across the globe,
American growers selected a new name for the rose as a reflection of the world’s most fervent desire: peace.
SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAG: #PeaceRoseStamp / #FlowerStamp