‘Général Jacqueminot’ is legendary rose of the second half of the 19th century.

It was considered the best brilliant red hybrid perpetual rose of the time. For cut flower production, gardeners forced it in glasshouses on the outskirts of big towns. Before Christmas, florist in New York were selling the rose for as much aw 15 $ per bud – it was the value of some hundred today’s dollars.

The rose was named in 1853 after Jean-François Jacqueminot, a brave Naopleon’s officer. He took part and an important role in July Revolution of 1830, which forced  Charles X to abdict and leave France.

In 1832 Charles X accepted the invitation of Austrian emperor to settle down in Austria. At the end he moved to the warmest part of Austria, to town Görz/Gorica, today Gorizia in Italy. After few weeks there he caught cholera and died. Charles was interred in the Franciscan monastery above the town.

The Monastery Kostanjevica in Slovenia is still the final resting place of the last French Bourbon king and his family. Because of that Slovenian Rose Society took an initiative to plant a Bourbon Rose garden in the monastery’s patio. The idea came to life and in 2004  the special Bourbon rose garden at the Monastery Kostanjevica was opened to public. We will publish more about it shortly.

Picture: ‘Général Jacqueminot’ from Roses and Rose Culture, Rochester, N.Y. (1892).