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Jewish Florist Names New Species “coolidge Rose”

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Years of toil were consummated the other day with the presentation by Alexander Shapiro of Shapiro and Daskal, a Chicago firm of florists, to President and Mrs. Coolidge in Washington, of a new species of rose. The rose has been named after the president.

The development of the “Coolidge Rose” started accidentally. Several years ago Mr. Daskal and Mr. Shapiro discovered an exceptionally beautiful rose and they decided to take cuttings for a new plant. At that time they had no intention of perfecting a new species. But the growth of the rose bush was so beautiful, that they decided to experiment with it. Many of their choicest experiments “reverted to type.” the bane of botanists. But some of the plants went “true” and using these as a basis, a new species of rose was developed. Years of work, the strengthening of the strain so that it could be transplanted from the hot house to the outdoors was finally crowned with success. The two florists decided to dedicate the rose to the executive and first lady of the land.

When in Washington attending a recent convention of florists, Mr. Shapiro visited the White House and presented the rose to President Coolide. Mr. Shapiro was thanked by the president and it is expected that a choice “Coolidge Rose” bush will be planted in the hot house attached to the Executive mansion.

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