Girl Scout Rose is just a memory now...
Developed by Eugene S. Boerner of Jackson & Perkins, pre-order forms were available to Girl Scouts in 1960 for early planting in the spring of 1961. 25,000 to 30,000 plants were set aside for Girl Scouts, prior to selling to the public. The special price was $2.50 per plant - the public would pay $2.75. The Girl Scout rose was to be offered in the 1962 Jackson & Perkins catalog for public sale.
The Girl Scout Rose was promoted in many ways:
a rose is a rose is a girl scout rose, 1960 GSUSA booklet
Girl Scout Calendar, 1962
Girl Scout Leader cover, November 1960
Green plastic plant marker Girl Scout 50th Birthday Blossoms
Known Locations of Girl Scout Rose plantings:
Postcard showing the Girl Scout Rose Garden in St. Louis, MO.
Here's a good mystery - where is the Girl Scout Rose portrait? It was done by famed artist Steven Dohanos - who is well known for his Saturday Evening Post Covers. Where is this portrait???
Lake Park Rose Garden had a special area called the Girl Scout Rose Garden, Winona, Minnesota
The Girl Scout Rose Garden in Winona, MN had not been forgotten in 1967, as these uniformed Cadettes symbolically plant 3 more rose bushes. Note the sign!
For those hoping there's a 50+ year old Girl Scout Rose bush growing somewhere - Camp Evelyn had some. If anyone had a reason NOT to pull it out years ago, a Girl Scout camp would be a likely candidate.
Sylvia Bremer Memorial Rose Garden was at the Winona Community Memorial Hospital, Winona, MN and was planted with Girl Scout Roses.
Thorden Park had a Girl Scout Rose Garden in Syracuse, NY
The Jackson Perkins 17 acre garden in Newark, NY went all out for the Girl Scout Rose.
Dizdar Park, Camarillo, CA today shows no sign of the rose bushes planted at the base.
Zweibruecken, Germany received the Girl Scout Rose
Centralia, WA Girl Scouts plant the Girl Scout rose bush in local parks.
Update sent in by Eva Kiehl 4/13/05
..."On Sunday, Nov. 13, 1960 there was a ceremonial planting of 100 rosebushes in the City Hall Plaza in St. Louis." No roses survive. Someone in this area sent 250 rose bushes to a sister troop in Australia.
The Girl Scout Rose was also planted in the rose garden at Roosevelt Park, in Lohmont, CO, however, they tore the rose park up several years ago to renovate it.
Bexar County in Texas had the Girl Scout rose planted in the yard of a church convent. None have survived.
Found a contact in Oregon, none survived.
I thought surely there would be some in Juliette Low’s garden in Savannah. None survived. I have been told that yellow roses do not survive their hot summers.
I did find one bush in New Mexico that seems to be hardy and has survived several hail storms. From this bush a cutting was sent to a Rose Farm in CA. Today I received an e-mail that the cutting did not make it this year. (2005)
I also contacted GSUSA and asked if there might be another rose to celebrate the 100th year of Girl Scouts and received this reply today………..
The possibility of offering another rose for Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary is currently being researched. A more definitive answer should be available as the event gets closer.
Update from Eva Kiehl, summer 2011
again this Spring, wrote to my contact who has the only GS rose, it seems. Two years ago a stem got knocked off the original bush and he decided to see if he planted it, would it grow.
It has been several years and this year he said that stem is still alive and has bloomed.