Pink Roses Meaning: The History of the Pink Rose

Commemorate the crowning of spring and warmer months with pink eternity® rose arrangements from Venus et Fleur®. National Rose Month occurs in June, and pink is a central color to spring arrangements and those transitioning to summer. We honor this glorious occasion by examining the meaning behind the elegant pink rose.

A Signature Small Round Rose Arrangement and a Le Plein in Pink


In terms of home décor and gift-giving, the warmer months favor a lighter and brighter color palette. Pink roses are a natural and much sought-after variety of flowers that perfectly complement this bright and fragrant season. They also make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Easter, or a simple gesture of gratitude and affection. Venus et Fleur arrangements last a year or more and convey sincere sentiment to any recipient.

The pink rose meaning refers to femininity, grace, and thoughtfulness. There are many ways to utilize elegant pink rose bouquets in your décor to impart joy into the lives of those you care for most.

HISTORY BEHIND THE DIFFERENT ROSE MEANINGS

You may have heard it said, “A rose is a rose is a rose.” However, when you send these lovely blooms as a gift, it helps to remember that, traditionally, roses carry symbolic meanings depending on their color.

The use of roses in this way dates back to Victorian England, when the practice of floriography flourished. Members of the courtly class sent intimate and complex messages with elaborate flower arrangements. Depending on the particular flowers sent, as well as the different colors in the arrangement, the nuances of each message would be understood by the recipient. This same system became quite popular in the United States during the 20th century. Its increasing popularity soon translated into the adoption of flower messages across literature and fine art.

The soft and subtle pink rose is a trending rose color in the spring, coveted by people worldwide, but what makes this colorful rose so special and so popular?

THE MEANING OF THE PINK ROSE

Perhaps the most popular and easily recognizable rose is the classic red rose, which is understood to symbolize intense passion and romantic love. Fewer people realize that the lighter, more delicate shade of pink is a symbol of femininity, grace, and appreciation. This makes rose bouquets in this soft shade perfect for thoughts of platonic or romantic love, congratulatory sentiments, and an excellent way to say “Thank you” to a special friend or relative.

Pink roses are beautifully versatile shades, and each tone has its own meaning. Deep, vibrant pink roses symbolize gratitude, appreciation, and joy. Medium pink roses — for example, in this Small Round Eternity Rose arrangement — represent a blooming, new romance, and are also suitable for varying occasions.

An even lighter pale pink rose, often referred to as blush, refers to feelings of admiration and happiness with an undeniable overtone of elegance, which makes these roses particularly well-suited for gifting to colleagues and friends. 

Two Small Round Eternity Rose Arrangements With Velvet

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PINK ROSE

Stylistically and horticulturally, pink roses are a classic. You may be surprised to learn that pink roses were, in fact, the first color ever cultivated by humans, probably a result of the fact that they are actually the most commonly-found cultivar of rose in the wild.

Recent historical scholarship shows that pink roses were grown in China’s Imperial rose gardens nearly 5,000 years ago, and they have continued to play a part in history ever since. Napoleon’s Empress, Josephine Bonaparte, had a special fondness for roses. She is known for growing at least 200 varieties in her garden at Malmaison. This voluptuous garden exhibited many different varieties of pink rose, and her beautiful collection can still be seen today in the watercolor book Les Roses. Inside, artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté documents 117 varieties of rose blooms, many of them being pink roses.

During the Victorian era, the pink rose was used to decorate everything from wallpaper to greeting cards. Modern growers have taken advantage of this bloom’s wild popularity, and now thanks to modern cross-breeding technologies, new cultivars in a wide variety of different shades of pink are now available.

GIVING THE GIFT OF PINK ROSES

There are a wealth of occasions and situations in which the pink rose excels as a gift. We recommend the Venus et Fleur signature eternity roses, real roses that last a year® with little to no maintenance. This is possible through a state-of-the-art non-toxic preservation solution process that forfeits nothing in terms of the flower’s natural beauty. They even maintain their gentle, elegant fragrance long after their unveiling.

Made from 100-percent real roses grown in the rich, sun-drenched rose fields of Ecuador, each delicate eternity rose is carefully cultivated until it reaches a full bloom. With fields that receive sun almost year-round, gorgeous roses can be grown consistently and precisely.

Woman Holding an Arrangement of Pink Eternity Roses

EASTER GIFTS & DÉCOR

A bouquet of colorful roses is an ideal gift for this special holiday, not only traditionally, but also due to the new change of season, priming us to appreciate the fragrance and color of new blooms. If you find yourself attending an Easter celebration where a gift is appropriate, we can think of no more fitting tribute to the occasion than a soft and sweet-smelling bouquet of pink roses, particularly if you’re giving them to someone who isn’t partial to chocolate Easter gifts.


Pink roses bring a sensorial experience to any Easter celebration. Our blooms make a spectacular impression for any Easter celebration. Consider our classic Le Petit arrangement in tasteful blush pink, which radiates sophistication while maintaining the minimalistic appearance of elegance — perfect for setting the right impression on this important holiday.

MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS

Give a special Mother’s Day floral delivery gift of pink roses. Someone as unique and as exceptional as a mother figure deserves only the finest things in life, and a bespoke arrangement from Venus et Fleur is sure to make her smile.

Brighten up her special day with our exquisite Thalia Vase. This arrangement showcases a lustrous bouquet of garden roses, gardenias, and hydrangeas, dappled in white and varying pink hues, housed in a gorgeous porcelain vase. This handcrafted arrangement is among our most unique gifts, and is sure to fill any room with elegant fragrance and grace.

The Venus et Fleur Rose Blanche fragrance is sure to enliven her senses this Mother’s Day. The delectable scent is classy and unique, and will show your mother just how deeply you care about her.

An Eternity Arrangement of Pink Hydrangeas

THOUGHTFUL THANK-YOU GIFTS

These bright and cheerful blooms make for the perfect gift or gift-companion when you’re looking to express feelings of gratitude. Say “Thank you” with class, grace, and the matchless floral fragrance of pink roses.

Our singular Le Mini Aura Vase is poised to do exactly this. This luxurious yet simple piece houses five classic pale pink eternity roses encased in a sleek, clear acrylic case. The preserved flowers are protected, while the clear case allows their true beauty and radiance to shine.

DELIGHT IN PINK ROSE FLOWER BOUQUETS FROM VENUS ET FLEUR

Pink roses possess an unmatched quality of thoughtfulness and grace, perfect for a number of elegant occasions. We hope this fond look at the humble pink rose has enlightened you to the beauty it delivers to the spring season and beyond.

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