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Today is National Red Rose Day!

June 12th is the celebration of the universal symbol of love and romance, the red rose.


What’s more classically romantic than red roses? Almost everyone knows (or should know) that a brilliant bouquet of red roses is the perfect way to declare feelings of romantic love. Whether in celebration of an anniversary, wedding, Valentine’s Day or even National Red Rose Day, there is no mistaking the implication of passion, desire and above all, love, associated with red roses. So, how has the red rose become what it is known for today?

Symbol of Red Roses

It’s probably safe to say there’s no more prevalent or enduring symbol of love and beauty in Western culture than red roses.

Red roses often appear in poetry, literature, classical artwork, contemporary films and everywhere in between. Renowned Scottish poet, Robert Burns, compared his love to a red rose in the poem Red, Red Rose, and the card “soldiers” in Alice in Wonderland lost their heads for painting white roses red, just to name a few classics.

These fragrant blooms come in varying shades of red, which also carry different symbolic meanings. For example, a bright red rose signifies romance, while burgundy means a love that has yet to be realized.

History of Red Roses

The red rose began its illustrious symbolic history in Greek and Roman iconography, where it was tied to Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love. Later, in early Christian times, it became associated with the virtue of Virgin Mary. By the time Shakespeare rolled around it had already become a poetic standard that he, and later Gertrude Stein, both famously played within their works. Throughout its long, storied history, the red rose still reigns as the ultimate symbol of passionate affection.

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The red rose is one of the best ways of expressing your affection for a special someone. Regardless if you send them a single red rose or a bouquet, surprise your one and only today, just because. Below is a list of Flower Shops that we are confident in sharing with you to provide you with your red rose needs:


Blooming Wellies Flower Boutique in Aurora/Newmarket

Lavender Floral in Barrie

Euro Flowers in Mississauga

Margo's Flowers / House of Flowers in Oakville

King West Flowers in Toronto 

De Rose Designs & Floral Boutique in Vaughan


Avenida Flowers in Calgary

Best Buds Flower Company in Edmonton

Ottawa Flowers in Ottawa

Sunflower Florist in Vancouver 

Academy Florists in Winnipeg


Breen's Florist in Houston

McQueens Flower Shop in London, England

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