National Geographic : 1932 Aug
U ivauonai teograpnic society Natural Color Photograph by Wilhelm Tobien THE DELICATE FRAGRANCE OF MILLIONS OF BLOSSOMS PERVADES THEVALLEY OF ROSES Bulgaria devotes more than 12,000 acres to rose culture, and the industry centers about this famous valley onthesunny southern slope ofthe Balkan Mountains. In the 18th century a Turkish merchant familiar with the rose gardens of Asia recognized the possibilities offered by the abundance and fragrance of the wild roses growing here. He induced a few of the inhabitants to cultivate the roses and start asmall distillery. Results were favorable at the very start, and the little valley has given the world most of its rose oilfor many years.