The fragrance of a hundred roses will soon waft across the leafy Museum junction greeting morning walkers, visitors to the Napier Museum and indeed anyone who walks past.
This bouquet of roses — in the form of a rose garden — will be formally launched by Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar at 9.15 a.m. on Monday.
The 2,800-sq.ft garden will have 100 potted rose plants. This will be the first permanent rose garden in the capital city.
The garden — an “out-of-the-box” initiative of Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Corporation Ltd. — has been designed by Architecture students from the College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram.
The potted roses will be pilfer-proof thanks to sirens which will go off as soon as intruders are detected in the park.
The garden will be ringed by a two-metre-wide, three-layer fencing. Each pot will be placed on square platforms, which are so designed that no pot is hidden by another.
While the birdbath in the garden is designed to attract winged visitors, the two low-mast lights and others, strategically placed, are intended to attract visitors of the two-legged kind. The garden will also sport varieties of orchids.
“By setting up the garden, we want to send out a message to society that such out-of-the-box initiatives will help beautify a city like nothing else would,” Associate Vice-President of the TRDCL Anil Kumar Pandala told The Hindu here on Sunday.
Three girls dressed in traditional Kerala attire will be given roses by the Chief Secretary, who will also symbolically plant a rose sapling, Mr. Pandala said. The TRDCL would be in charge of maintaining the park and of watering the plants.