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The Girl Scout Rose...

... is just a memory now.

St Louis MO postcard Girl Scout Roses

Vintage postcard of Golden Blossom Girl Scout Garden (roses) planted at City Hall Plaza, St. Louis, MO


This newspaper clip gives info on the planting in St. Louis, MO

Girl Scout Rose Brochure
1960 Girl Scout brochure promoting the upcoming debut of the Girl Scout Rose!

Promotion of the Girl Scout Rose in the November 1960 Girl Scout Leader
Girl Scout Flower Marker
Garden Marker for the Girl Scout Rose, 1961

Girl Scout Roses in the 1962 Girl Scout Calendar

1962 Girl Scout Calendar
Developed by 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 design plan for several gardens throughout the Modesto area, CA.



Zweibruecken, Germany received the Girl Scout Rose




Here's a picture of Eugene S. Boerner - who developed the Girl Scout Rose





Lake Park Rose Garden had a special area called the Girl Scout Rose Garden, Winona, Minnesota




So what ever happened to the Girl Scout Rose Portrait by Steven Dohanos of Westport, CT?


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.




Later, in 1962, the Brownies planted the Brownie Marigolds in the Girl Scout Rose Garden in Winona, Minnesota



Sylvia Bremer Memorial Rose Garden was at the Winona Community Memorial Hospital, Winona, MN and was planted with Girl Scout Roses.



Centralia, WA Girl Scouts plant the Girl Scout rose bush in local parks.



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!




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.

For those hoping there's a 50+ year old Girl Scout Rose bush growing somewhere - Camp Evelyn had one. If anyone had a reason NOT to pull it out years ago, a Girl Scout camp would be a likely candidate.