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This weekend marks the 78th Texas Rose Festival. This historic event is vital to the history and culture of the City of Tyler. The festival is full of roses, luncheons, art shows, inaugurations, the annual Texas Rose Parade and so much more. We were interested in the history of this beautiful event so we did our homework and found some really interesting facts about Tyler roses and the Tyler Rose Festival.

maarshmallow, Flickr
maarshmallow, Flickr


Roses Not Only Smell Good, They Taste Good



While roses may be a symbol of romance, their blooms are also edible. No, they dont taste like chicken, but apparently have a fruity taste such as green apples and strawberries.


alice_ling, Flickr
alice_ling, Flickr


You Can Have A Rose Named After You



Men, this would probably make any woman fall for you. If you're bored and have an extra $15,000 laying around, take a trip to a local rose nursery and have a rose named after your lady. It'd be a deal breaker.


Serlunar, flickr
Serlunar, flickr


A Rose Helped Discover America



Columbus’ crew picked a rose branch out of the ocean on October 11, 1492. This was a sign that there was land nearby. The very next day, Columbus discovered America.


lilidebretagne, Flickr
lilidebretagne, Flickr


A Rose With A Famous Name..



As if Barbara Streisand didn't have enough to be famous for, she grew her own rose and named it after, well, herself. She perused three hybrid teas for two years in her rose garden, which has 1,200 roses. The “Barbara Streisand” rose is a lavender hybrid tea rose with a pink blush.


Lord V, Flickr
Lord V, Flickr


The Oldest Rose Ever.



The oldest rose in the world has flourished for over 1,000 years on the wall of Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany. That's older than your great, great, great, and a few more greats, grandparents! The oldest rose ever found, however, is a fossilized rose from Florissant, Colorado, believed to be over 35 million years old.


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