From the Mission Gardens to flower-lined paths to the wall of climbing roses encircling campus, they help define Santa Clara. Appreciate what is meaningful; these flowers thrive with attention and care—good reminders, both. The perfume they exhale in the cool morning—is that scent redolent of romance? The iridescent colors as afternoon light turns golden in the magic hours—did you ask for a hand in marriage with these flowers looking on? Stem and hip, cup and thorn, hundred-petaled heart—and symbol of the Virgin Mary: They’re resonant of the essential connection between truth and beauty, body and soul. Their fragrant history on campus goes back many decades—and includes a black-petaled rose, plus a dark crimson beauty called Santa Clara. There are tales of rosy mystery here. As for the future: What flowers and hopes do you want to nurture?