10 days of nelena: day one - The story behind ‘Rose Garden’ (how we know it was written for Selena, and proof that he built her a rose garden for valentine’s day.
Jan 5, 2010 - Before singing Rose Garden, Nick says “Something so beautiful can come out of a tough situation. That’s what this song’s about”. The song talks about a girl who is born when her mom is a teenager, and she starts working from a very young age (9 years old) to survive, and the hard times she and her mom go through after her dad leaves her, which is very similar to Selena’s life story. (lyrics)
Jan 10, 2010 - Again, before singing Rose Garden, Nick asks the crowd “Do you want to know who Rose Garden is about? Well, I won’t tell you, but I love you!” If you listen closely, you’ll hear the crowd scream “Selena!” Also, fans who attended said themselves that they yelled “Selena”
Jan 20, 2010 - (none of the gifs above) Nick talks to M Magazine about Rose Garden. “‘Rose Garden’ is one of my favorite tracks. It is inspired by a true story. The rose garden was this young girl’s safe place. I thought I was cool that she ran to this place to feel safe.”
(2010) - Behind the scenes of Selena’s ‘A Year Without Rain’ photoshoot: Selena talks about her ‘rose garden’ photoshoot (x) (x) “Basically that was inspired by something that was in my life. I had this entire rose garden, it was very pretty […] it was very sweet, and i wanted [the scene] to be very pink… and a little bit more romantic.”
June 18, 2010 - Selena’s song ‘Round & Round’ is released with similar quotes from Nick’s Rose Garden’. Nick: “Dont let those petals fall. Dont let them fall on you” - Rose Garden. Selena: “I take them flowers petals off, Then I watch them drop” - Round & Round.
Mar 21, 2011 - Selena changes the lyrics to ‘Falling Down’. Instead of “you gave me roses but they’re all just made of plastic” she says “you built me roses but they’re all just made of plastic”. Nick was rumoured to have built Selena a rose garden when he was seen carrying garden house boxes in Selena’s neighbourhood. Sources say that he was even seen driving his car in and out of Selena’s house. (x) (x)