20 Roses Named for Celebrities

In honor of today's HGTV coverage of the 2014 Rose Parade, we're highlighting our favorite celebrity roses, including one named for the unofficial king of New Year's, Dick Clark.

Rose photo courtesy of Weeks Roses
Dick Clark photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The ‘Dick Clark’ rose debuted on a Camelot-themed float at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day in 2011 — perfect timing for celebrating the longtime host of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, who died a little over a year later in 2012 at age 82. With cheerful double blooms that open from dark red to showcase swirls of cream and cherry pink before turning burgundy under the sun, this classic ensures that Dick Clark’s legendary youthful exuberance will live on for years to come. See the Malibu home where Dick Clark and his wife grew these roses in their garden.

Today, we’re all a-Twitter, enjoying our annual tradition of watching the Rose Parade but with a new twist for 2014 — a live all-day HGTV Twitter party! Fans can join the celebration using #HGTVNewYear to chat with favorite network stars and maybe even see their tweets appear live on air. We can’t wait to see all those live tweets, but our eyes will be pulling double duty between your comments and the gorgeous roses on the Rose Parade floats — and that got us thinking, which of our favorite celebrities have roses named for them? 

Celebrities with namesake roses are as far ranging as Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Chris Evert, Amy Grant and Barbra Streisand, who reportedly played a leading role in choosing the color and fragrance of the rose cultivar bearing her name. In honor of the Rose Parade, here are 20 gorgeous celebrity roses that you can grow at home.

Of course, the one tugging hard at our heartstrings today is the ‘Dick Clark’ rose, honoring the veritable king of New Year’s, the creator and longtime host of ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. The ‘Dick Clark’ rose debuted with much fanfare just three years ago today at the 2011 Rose Parade, but the star and his wife grew the cherry-pink double-bloomers for many previous seasons at their breathtaking Malibu home. After Clark’s death in 2012, the Rockin’ Eve host baton officially passed to Ryan Seacrest for 2012-2013, the same year Seacrest bought this Beverly Hills compound from Ellen DeGeneres, which, incidentally, has some gorgeous gardens on its three acres and an ideal climate for growing roses. Perhaps the 'Ryan Seacrest' rose is next?

If you're gushing over the Pasadena petals like we are, you'll love this gardener's guide to the Rose Parade from HGTV Gardens:

Happy New Year!

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