The Martyrs’ Rose: Félicité-Perpétue

Rose - Felicite

From a terrace on the River Seine, to a prison wall at Alcatraz, the fragrance of a martyrs’ rose.Antoine A. Jacques was head gardener to the Duc d’Orleans, the future Louis-Philippe I, in Château de Neuilly.  The castle, built in 1751, was burned and destroyed during the Revolution of 1848.  In the 1820s, though, when Monsieur Jacques was gardener, the Château overlooked a series of terraces on the River Seine.Jacques experimented with plants, in particular roses, and developed a num … [Read more...]