The Zonta Rose

The History of the Zonta Rose

The Zonta Rose was introduced at the 1984 Sydney convention.  In 1988, the Lieutenant Governor of District 16 (then Australia and N.Z) Valerie Webster, proposed that a special rose be developed as a living symbol of Zonta International.

Harkness Roses (UK) developed the rose, and an Australian Zontian, Marion Ross of Ross Roses in Adelaide, enabled the presentation of the rose in 1984.  Since 1999, the Zonta rose has served as a symbol of Zonta Rose Day on 8th March, the same day as the International Women's Day. The Zonta rose is used as a symbol of friendship.

The Zonta rose is registered internationally and also is known as Princess Alice in the UK and Canada, Bright Lights in the USA and Hartanna.