Loretta Lynn was not the Lynn that earned acclaim for recording “Rose Garden” — that would be Lynn Anderson.
But Loretta can grow her very own, self-named rose garden now, thanks to the creation of the Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose. The apricot-colored hybrid was created by Brad Jalbert of Select Roses in British Columbia. He named it after Loretta’s Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose after being approached by Sony Music Nashville, which then presented the flower to her. Loretta will receive a shipment of the strain at her home in Tennessee this spring, and it will go into wider distribution next fall.
“Roses have always been so special to me — I’ve loved them since I was a girl,” Loretta says. “So to have a rose named after one of my albums — well, I’m not sure I quite have the words for that! I’m just very, very honored. I can’t wait to have those Van Lear roses blooming in my yard!”
The new flower comes at a time when Loretta’s been overwhelmed with recognition. She was living in Washington State, just south of British Columbia, when she released her first single in 1960. This year is the 50th anniversary of that event, and she’s been honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an anniversary party at her home, a Recording Academy tribute concert at the Ryman Auditorium and a new album featuring remakes of her classics, Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn.
“I bet Sheryl said to herself, ‘Am I gonna be able to sing this country?’” Loretta laughs. “But Sheryl sings folk stuff, and I thought she done a great job. And Miranda, you know… how she’s got her little curly-cues? I thought she done great. I just loved it. The whole doggone album is great. The only [one] I didn’t like was me on it. But, well, to get the album, you’ll have to take me, too, I guess.”
Others featured on Coal Miner’s Daughter include Gretchen Wilson, Carrie Underwood, the Time Jumpers, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill and Lee Ann Womack. Plus the White Stripes, headed by Jack White, who produced Van Lear Rose, the album now associated with a flower.