Rose on focus

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CITYSCAPE Blooms with exciting names were arranged into flamboyant designs at the Rose Flower Show

A bit about rosesAt the showPHOTO: K. RAGESH
A bit about rosesAt the showPHOTO: K. RAGESH

The names are sexy — Talia, Bugati, Shakira, Sweet Avalanche, Wham. At times they lived up to the names, at others they didn’t. At the recently concluded Rose Flower Show, 86 varieties of roses brought in from Bangalore and elsewhere were arranged in pleasing patterns at the Town Hall, Kozhikode.

The curious came from all over. On Children’s Day, school children got a free tour of the show. They walked through in long trains, appreciated the rose-laden heart shape, pointed out the wilting ones and trooped out with a special rose in their hands.

The arrangements ranging from the elaborate flurry of roses to the minimalist ikebana were done with flowers of varied hues, predominantly deep red, white, pale pink, peach and orange. On display was a map of India made with roses and also a three-dimensional car manufactured with pink roses. The ikebana blended the flowers with other materials, including dry coconut, to evoke the feel of a painting.

“There are 236 flower arrangements,” said M. Surendran, secretary of Kozhikode Horticultural Development Society, which organised the show along with the Kozhikode Corporation. A private enterprise, the society comprises horticulture enthusiasts and professionals. “We have brought in about 50,000 flowers from 12 States. About 20 florists from Kozhikode and Bangalore worked to get the arrangements ready,” he added.

Through the show the society intends to bring the focus on roses, the possibilities the flower offers, including its cultivation for commercial purposes. “There are not many rose cultivators in the city,” said Surendran. Classes on rose cultivation and ikebana arrangements were also part of the event.





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