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Charleston's Romantic Palmetto Roses - A Southern Thing


"If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I'd be picking roses for a lifetime."

-Swedish Proverb

Most visitors to Charleston, SC will recognize the Palmetto Rose, sold at the historic Market and often by young vendors around the Battery. Charleston tradition says that Southern Belles would give their true loves a Palmetto Rose as a token to keep them safe from harm as they rode into battle. Handcrafted woven roses are still popular keepsakes that symbolize everlasting love, because the blooms remain beautiful without water. Palmetto Roses are skillfully created by hand, typically using four fronds from the Palmetto, the State Tree of South Carolina, which is also an emblem on the State flag. Since each leaf on the tree varies with a unique color and appearance, no two roses are ever exactly the same. The personal style of each craftsman creating the roses also makes them unique. One of the delights of the time we lived in Charleston and in our frequent visits "home" is when my husband and I walk around White Point Gardens at the Battery, where young vendors sell their palmetto rose handiwork. I keep my collection of palmetto roses out on a table at home all year to remind me of those wonderful strolls in the ocean breeze. Palmetto roses play a role in my novel about a young artist in Painter Place, where they are purchased twice during romantic walks on the Battery. In the story, the blooms represent passion and everlasting love. You can learn more about how Charleston's palmetto roses are made by hand in this video.

If you like to color for relaxation, please enjoy this free download of my coloring page Palmetto Roses. (Photo and coloring page credit are copyright of Pamela Poole)

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Pamela Poole

Hi, I'm Pamela Poole, and I live an amazing life as an artist and author! The alluring charm and distinctive characteristics of the coastal Carolinas are my creative muse, so I describe my work as "Inspiring Southern Ambiance."

My novels and short stories in the Painter Place Saga take place on a fictional island on the coast of South Carolina, between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. I was inspired to write Painter Place when my son encouraged me to write the kind of book I wanted to read, but couldn’t find. My original paintings are used in the covers and inside the pages of the novels. They are part of the appeal of this unusual series.

 

I write to the same audience I paint for--myself--and all my work is meant to glorify Christ (1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians  3:17). I share with readers and art collectors, hoping they will feel as if they've taken a walk in a warm Southern breeze and the sunshine we're famous for.

My perspective on writing books and painting is like that of the iconic artist Norman Rockwell, who once said he knew life was not ideal, but it should be, so he chose to paint it that way. I've experienced enough "reality" in my life. Now I seek the warm, whimsical, loveable, and ideal in my creativity! I hope readers will laugh out loud, sigh with longing, be inspired to reach higher, and feel refreshed when they reach the end of my novels.

I write clean fiction from an unapologetically Christian worldview. My stories often feature artists and art perspectives that will help any reader have a deeper appreciation for painting.

I live life loving Jesus and my family as a wife, mother, and GiGi. I'm blessed with true friends who make my life so interesting and inspire names and situations in my stories! I believe sketching, painting, and coloring soothes and heals, so I offer free coloring pages on my websites. My YouTube channel has free art demos and reading excerpts from the Painter Place stories, and my blogs take readers behind the scenes for insider sectrets.

 

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