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Black Women Matter!

Remember Mya Hall.
Remember Islan Nettles
Remember Rekia Boyd
Remember Renish McBride
Remember Aiyana Stanley-Jones
Remember Eleanor Bumpurs
Remember Miriam Carey
Remember Penny Proud
Remember Tarika Wilson
Remember Pearlie Golden
Remember Aura Rosser
Remember Tanesha Anderson

But also remember

Meagan Hockaday 26 California
Monique Jenee Deckard 43 California
Janisha Fonville 20 North Carolina
Natasha McKenna 37 Virginia
Yvette Henderson 38 California
Keara Crowder 29 Tennessee
Iretha Lilly 37 Texas
Tracy A. Wade 39 Kentucky
Latandra Ellington 36 Florida
Vernicia Woodward 26 Georgia
Michelle Cusseaux 50 Arizona
Jacqueline Nichols 64 Michigan
Gabriella Monique Nevarez 22 California
Yvette Smith 45 Texas
Sharon Rebecca McDowell 49 South Carolina
Lana Morris 46 New York
Keoshia L. Hill 28 Texas
Kourtney Hahn 21 Ohio
Jacqueline Reynolds, 54 Illinois
Kendra Diggs, 37 Maryland


Happy Arbor Day! In the spirit of tree protection, here are some photos of the trees in our historic Tulip Tree Allée, a New York City landmark, which had lightning protection and branch cables installed just a few weeks ago. These trees are all more than a century old and some are as tall as 117 feet! This recent work will help ensure their continued longevity. ~LM

The New York State Flower

Scientific Name

The Scientific name of Rose is Rosaceae.

Geographic Origin

School Children Choose Their Favorite Flower

They took a survey of New York school children on Arbor Day way back in 1890 and asked them to select their favorite flower. The goldenrod came in first, followed closely by therose.

The daisy was a distant third. They repeated the poll the next Arbor Day and the rose won handily as the favorite flower of the New York children. About 65 years later, the New York state flower was officially designated as the rose.

1955 - The Rose Becomes the Official State Flower of New York

As states are want to do, New York decided it was time to have an official state flower. On April 20, 1955, under Article 6, Section 75, it was put in to law that “The rose shall be the official flower of the state in any color or combination of colors common to it.”

Description and Characteristics

Famous Roses:

Rose has been a popular name in American history.
Following are some famous people with Rose in their name.

  • Rose Kennedy
  • Gypsy Rose Lee
  • Rosemary Clooney
  • Pete Rose
  • Rosie O'Donnell
  • Guns and Roses

More than Just a Pretty Flower

Cultivation and Care

Roses are Red

Roses actually come in many different shades and colors. Some are naturally occurring, but most are hybrids that are a result of years of careful cross-breeding.

Roses can range in color from almost pure white to bright yellow and from a subdued pink to a glorious red. They belong to the Order Rosales and more specifically, to the Genus Rosa.

The state flower of New York can be any of the myriad of colors under the rainbow.