(De)Regulation

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(De)Regulation

A Hybrid Perpetual
Introduced 1933/1999
Repeat flowering and flourishes with populist sentiment
Height to 120 cm (4 ft)

One of the oldest and most contentious roses in the garden is the (De)Regulation rose. Originally cultivated in 1933 to commemorate the landmark ruling of the Glass Steegle Act, the rose was introduced as the ‘Regulation’ rose. It was honored for its deference to middle-income climbers such as the Independent Wealth and Free Market roses.

In the Clinton years, a new hybrid was developed from this ancestor and introduced as ‘Deregulation’ to honor the overturn of Glass Steegle and other limits to the power of banks, The FED and private interests. A civil suit later determined that the new rose was not transformative enough to be considered a new variety and a settlement was reached to share naming rights, thus the rose bearing both burdens and its complicated moniker.