Reine des Violettes rose in bloom.

This tough little rose bush survived the extensive foundation repair of the Manship House Museum, and is blooming once again.  Throughout all phases of the project, workmen took care to avoid damaging the plant, despite its location near the house.

The Reine des Violettes (Queen of the Violets) hybrid perpetual rose was first introduced in France sometime around 1860.  This old garden rose is an almost thorn-less variety with  fragrant  lilac and purple blooms.  A favorite in Victorian gardens, the Reine des Violettes rose was much admired for its unusual color.

Excavation work and scaffolding threaten the rose bush.