As the National Floral Emblem for our country the rose is a flower with different emotions for each of us.  For many it brings back childhood memories.  For others it establishes memories in adulthood.  Memories of new scents, new colors, new forms, of meeting new friends and sharing common interests.  Of learning the history of plants bred and shared around the world.  The rose is truly a symbol of uniqueness and diversity, a plant to be appreciated for the beauty of its blooms and to be accepting of any short comings one thinks it may have.