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Learn the Secret Language of Roses at the Botanic Garden

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Decode special meanings of roses and flower bouquets on September 29 & 30.

Learn the Secret Language of Roses at the Botanic Garden

Bridal bouquet with roses. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Society of American Florists.

September 26, 2012

Become fluent in metaphors of color at the Secret Language of Roses Exhibition and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, at the Botanic Garden's Heritage Farm. The Botanic Garden and Albuquerque Rose Society invite you to uncover the romance of roses, craft your own miniature bouquets and learn great gardening tips.

Before text messaging, secret sweethearts would prepare small bouquets of roses, herbs and other greenery to express their love. These miniature bouquets, called tussie-mussies, became extremely popular in England during the 1800s. Queen Victoria carried one for her royal wedding and planted a garden with the flowers. More than 140 years later, Princess Diana's bridal bouquet contained flowers from the Queen's garden, including myrtle to symbolize love and marriage.

"Guests can use specially designed 'keys' to unlock the mystery of rose bouquets," said Catherine Hubbard, Botanic Garden Manager. "Immerse yourself in the beauty and fragrance of roses as you discover their decorative, medicinal and romantic uses since ancient times."

The Rose Doctor will be in, so rose gardeners can learn great tips and tricks. At the Kids' Kraft Korner, children can encode secret messages in their own handmade bouquets and enjoy the flowers' natural perfumes throughout the day. Visitors can also purchase a variety of miniature roses, and have them delivered to the front gate by the "Rosemobile."

Garden visitors can learn more about the benefits of joining the Rose Society. Members enjoy monthly gatherings, maintain gardens, give pruning demonstrations and produce calendars that provide monthly advice about growing roses in New Mexico.

The Secret Language of Roses Exhibition is included with regular admission. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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