In 1985, the United States Senate passed a resolution asking the president to declare the rose as the national floral emblem. On November 20th, 1986, then president Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation certifying the rose as the national flower in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. The National Rose Garden is committed to honoring this national symbol as a reflection of our broader landscape.
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President Ronald Reagan signing Proclamation 5574, November 20, 1986 (Image: American Rose Society)UNITED STATES SENATE RESOLUTION The flower commonly known as the rose is designated and adopted as the national floral emblem of the United States of America, and the President of the United States is authorized and requested to declare such fact by proclamation. Title 36, Chapter 10, §187
United States Code Proclamation No. 5574. The Rose Proclaimed the National
Floral Emblem of the United States of AmericaProc. No. 5574. Nov. 20, 1986, 51 F.R. 42197, provided: