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Danville, Virginia, considering official flower

by webdev

October 10, 2011

The Lady Astor Rose is being considered for the official flower of Danville, Virginia, reports.

The pink rose is believed to have been grown at the Langhorne House - the childhood home of Lady Nancy Langhorne Astor, the first woman to sit in British Parliament in 1919. The house only contains one rose bush now, which is why the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research's Institute of Sustainable and Renewable Resources is resurrecting it, the news source reports.

"We're working on tissue culture that will ultimately produce large quantities of the Lady Astor Rose," Barry Flinn, director of ISRR, told the media outlet.

The bushes around the house have largely died out since 1922, when Astor visited her childhood home and held a rose festival, giving thousands of roses to children.

If adopted as its official flower, the rose will promote Danville's history and attractions, Flinn added.

Official or not, rose bouquets are always a wonderful gift for a loved one. It is easy to send roses online, whether you want yellow blooms for friendship or red for romance.  

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