Updated July 1. Having appeared on Sir Paul's lapel and in Heather's bouquet on their wedding day, you may be curious to learn more about the McCartney rose. Ten years ago, EMI Records wanted to celebrate Sir Paul's 50th birthday in a special way. They offered him a variety of items from which to choose to commemorate this milestone in his life. Sir Paul being an avid gardener and passionate environmentalist selected a rose bred by Meilland International in France. The rose is distributed by the Conard-Pyle Co. According to the company's president, Steve Hutton, Sir Paul made an expert selection:"A lot of famous people have roses named after them, but very seldom do people see it, let alone come to the nursery and pick it out. He went to the research field with Meilland's director of research and walked through the fields. He kept coming back to one extremely fragrant hybrid tea. He said, 'I've seen them all, and this is the one.' It was really the fragrance that kept bringing him back to that rose. There are a lot of pink roses, but this one is a world apart when it comes to fragrance. The rose he selected won 20 awards in the next few years. "It is truly a spectacular rose. It's huge, elegant, rosy buds unfold into enormous blooms. Because of its phenomenally sweet perfume, the McCartney rose has been called the most fragrant hybrid tea rose ever bred. It turns out that Sir Paul has a good eye for roses because this one that bears his name has won numerous awards and gold medals - more international awards than any other rose the House of Meilland has ever bred.
It took several years to bring the McCartney Rose to market. Sir Paul was so pleased with the honor that he had 100 McCartney Rose bushes sent to his family and friends. They must have been pleased, too, because according Mr. Hutton, it is easy to grow, "It will thrive wherever roses thrive."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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