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The Rose: Christina Aguilera's Favorite Flower?

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The rose has long been a favorite flower of many women, 
but is it the favorite flower of Christina Aguilera? 

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The Rose: Christina Aguilera's Favorite Flower?
Copyright © 2006 Wesley Berry
Wesley Berry Flowers

The rose has long been a favorite flower of many women, but is it 
the favorite flower of Christina Aguilera? The truth is, I don't 
know, but judging by the elaborate floral chuppah of brightly 
colored orange, yellow, and burgundy roses conspicuously present 
at her wedding and the thick bouquets of hot pink roses and rose 
petals surrounding her wedding cake, it's a sure bet the rose 
ranks high on Aguilera's list of favorite flowers.

What is it about the rose that makes it such a popular floral 
choice and a powerful symbol of love, war, and politics? Perhaps 
the answers lie in its long and varied history.

Fossils show that roses have existed for about 35 million years. 
However, cultivation of the rose for gardening purposes began 
about 5000 years ago in China. It didn't take long for their 
popularity to spread, and during the Roman Empire, roses played a 
significant role in the Roman society-but not just for their 
beauty. Along with being admired as an ornamental piece, roses 
were also used for food, medicine, and perfume. As a symbol, they 
were used to honor heroes who would be showered with petals and 
attend celebrations where the floor was carpeted in petals that 
would release their fragrance each time a step was taken. Roses 
became such an important part of the Roman culture that the 
Romans invented the greenhouse specifically for growing roses.

China and Rome were not the only areas of the world to be touched 
by the beauty of the rose. Roses also appear in ancient Hindu 
stories. In these stories, Brahma, who created the world, debated 
with Vishnu, who protected the world, about whether the lotus or 
the rose was the more beautiful flower. Brahma argued that there 
was no flower more exquisite than the lotus while Vishnu believed 
the rose to be the most beauteous. Brahma, who had never seen a 
rose before, conceded upon first seeing one and created a bride 
for Vishnu using 108 large and 1,008 small rose petals.

Europe, too, fell under the spell of the beautiful rose. During 
the seventeenth century, they were considered so valuable that 
roses and rose water were used as legal tender. Josephine 
Bonaparte, the wife of Napoleon, was so taken by the rose that 
she developed an enormous collection of roses at an estate just 
outside of Paris.

In America, roses are often associated with our own American 
royalty-celebrities. In fact, there are numerous roses named 
after American celebrities. Among them are the:

 * Marilyn Monroe: A gorgeous light apricot-colored rose that 
   blooms well in hot weather.

 * Judy Garland: A sweetly yellow rose that blushes out to a 
   hot orange and scarlet red.

 * Grace Allen: A delicately pink rose.

 * George Burns: A lively yellow rose striped with red.

 * Josephine Baker: A deep red rose with a soft fragrance.

 * Cary Grant: A stunning orange rose.

Whether or not the rose is among Christina Aguilera's favorite 
flowers, it's clearly among the favorites of the world.

Wesley Berry is the President of Wesley Berry Flowers, 
a successful multi-million dollar business that was 
established in 1946. He is also the Headmaster of the 
Professional Florists' Institute, a floral design school 
located in Michigan. Visit Wesley Berry Flowers on the 
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