D. Radhakrishnan

Horticulture officials from various parts of the State take part

Udhagamandalam: Thousands of tourists from various parts of the country thronged the Centenary Rose Park here on Thursday to witness the 9th Annual Rose Show organised by the Department of Horticulture.

The two-day show was inaugurated by the Khadi Board Minister K. Ramachandran in the presence of the Director of Horticulture and Plantation Crops B.Chandramohan, the Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik, the President, Nilgiris Rose Society K. Krishnakumar and Ooty MLA B. Gopalan. The visitors including a sprinkling of foreigners filed past an eye catching display of roses.

While the cynosure of all eyes was a light house made of roses by the horticulture officials in the Nilgiris, a life-sized rose elephant made by the Coimbatore chapter of the department, an exhibit made of roses depicting the Hoganekkal falls put together by the Dharmapuri unit and a display by the staff in Krishnagiri vied with each other in attracting the people.

Other designs created with roses and rose petals provided attractive backdrops for photographs.

The entire park on five long terraces and extending over about four hectares presented a colourful look.

Contests

In the competition section were hybrid teas, floribundas, miniatures, standards, collection of roses from public and private gardens, roses in Ikebana arrangement, garlands, bouquets etc.

The total number of participants was about 27.

Mr. Ramachandran told The Hindu that there were 3600 varieties of roses in the Park which was the best of its kind in South Asia.

Visitors

Stating that the number of visitors to the Park was steadily increasing, he said that during 2009-10 it was 7,01,000. Dr. Chandramohan said that for the first time horticulture officials from various parts of the State have been made to participate in the show here in order to facilitate exchange of ideas and views.Latest technology in pruning had been adopted to ensure that the roses were in bloom for an extended period.

To break the monotony and make the park more colourful other flowers like French Marigold had been placed in between rose beds. He said that it was proposed to create floral designs along the slopes.

Many of the tourists who were interviewed said that the “visual treat” would remain in their memory for long.

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