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Garden Hortiscopes & History: Run for the roses

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melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 6, 2010
8:32 AM

Post #7769232

I thought for sure someone would have a comment on the KY Derby rose trivia...(there's more to come in the next few days)
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 7, 2010
11:02 AM

Post #7772533

DRAT! I missed it. I'll be watching for the next ones.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 7, 2010
11:07 AM

Post #7772546

Here you go!

5/6/1895
The 22nd Kentucky Derby was won by Ben Brush. Pink and white roses were placed in a garland around his neck. It was the first time the famous rose garland in any form was presented to a Kentucky Derby winner.



There's a bit more Derby trivia, some Preakness trivia, but I couldn't get anyone to answer me at Belmont Park, so sadly, they are left out.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 7, 2010
11:10 AM

Post #7772549

Thanks Melody. WOW 1895! You snooze you lose Belmont.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 7, 2010
3:37 PM

Post #7773178

It appears that no one knows the origin, or history of the white carnation blanket that the Belmont winner gets. I've dug some more, and no one even knows the date it was first used...incredible!
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 8, 2010
5:22 PM

Post #7776120

That IS incredible! You would think that they would have records. How sad :(

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


May 8, 2010
8:03 PM

Post #7776533

The USDA didn't have records of when they first released the zone maps...go figure.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 9, 2010
7:14 AM

Post #7777240

I think Terry's zone map beats a horse race...that is past incredible. The USDA keeps records on everything...why not this?

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

June 21, 2011
1:41 PM

Post #8645192

Even the Belmont Stakes people don't know why they started draping the winner with the white carnations except to say that white carnations symbolize love and luck. According to their website, not only is a blanket made for the winner, but the official florist makes two more to drape the statue of Secretariat {Triple Crown winner in 1973} that stands in Belmont Park.
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