Yellow roses have a shorter, albeit no less fascinating history than other roses. It
wasn’t until the 18th century that yellow roses were discovered growing
naturally in parts of the Middle East. Prior to this, roses in cultivation
predominantly existed in various shades of pink and to a lesser extent, white.
However, once the first yellow roses were introduced, their popularity quickly spread.
One of the more compelling attributes of most roses is their sweet smelling
fragrance. This was the trait that the first yellow roses did not share, and in
fact, quite the opposite was true! In time, however, as breeding and
cultivation methods were refined, hybridizers were able to gradually phase in
the more pleasing aroma that rose-lovers are accustomed to.
Also changed over the years were the meanings related to yellow roses. Throughout
history, the color yellow has been closely associated with the sun. As the
source of light and warmth, the sun is integral to life on earth, and has been
worshipped in many, early societies. It should come as no surprise that the
color of the sun would hold many positive connotations. In many Eastern
cultures, for example, the color yellow represents joy, wisdom, and power.
Today, yellow roses are more commonly associated with joy and friendship.
A bouquet of yellow roses now brings to mind all of the sunny, cheerful feelings
of warmth and happiness. The yellow rose is purely a symbol of friendship. This
gives it a unique place in the pantheon of roses. Yellow roses can send the
perfect message of appreciation and love. They can represent feelings of joy and
delight, and are an ideal way to brighten someone’s day who may be feeling down.
There is perhaps no other flower to bring out a smile in quite the way that a yellow rose can.
The yellow rose is the traditional flower of the Live Oak Garden Club. Roses are
the most loved of all garden flowers. Roses are a favorite with artists; poets
sing of its beauty; and their perfume has been treasured throughout the ages. They
are flowers of peace, flowers of romance, and flowers of love.
Each new member is presented with a rose: ladies receive a yellow crocheted rose and
the men receive a lapel pin. The yellow rose or lapel pin is usually worn at club meetings, district
meetings, or any function that the members attend as a group.