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Pope John Paul II Rose Graces White House Rose Garden

The rose, specially cultivated in memory of Pope St. John Paul II, can also be found in the Vatican Gardens.

A rose named and specially cultivated in memory of the late Pope St. John Paul II is now part of the White House Rose Garden.

The Pope John Paul II rose, a white tea rose cultivar, is included in the redesign of the Rose Garden overseen by United State’s First Lady Melania Trump. The JFK rose cultivar and the Peace rose are also included in the garden redesign. (Read: Did you know that a special rose is named after Pope Francis?)

Bred by American horticulturist Keith Zary in 2006, the Pope John Paul II rose can also be found in the Vatican Gardens. It is said to be among the most fragrant of rose cultivars. (Read: Here’s An Exclusive Tour of The Vatican Gardens)

White House Rose Garden

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(Left) First Lady Ellen Wilson (right) replaced the Colonial Garden with the White House Rose Garden in 1913. (Photo from Library of Congress / Insider and National First Ladies’ Library)

The Rose Garden sits outside the Oval Office and was first designed in 1913 under the direction of First Lady Ellen Wilson. in 1961, a redesign was overseen by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and this year, the garden was once again renovated by First Lady Melania Trump. (Read: An Exclusive Interview with the Pope’s Female Gardener)

According to reports, Trump’s renovation of the White House Rose Garden was paid for with private donations and was necessary because of drainage problems. There is also the issue of boxwood blight and plant disease. It was said that a large willow oak tree has been causing problems for some plants as it casts some parts of the garden into shadow.

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