Udhagamandalam: Overnight sharp showers and gusty winds notwithstanding the two-day 7th Nilgiris Rose Show got off to a splendid start at the Centenary Rose Park here on Saturday.
With the bagpipers of the Madras Regimental Centre adding a touch of class to the proceedings thousands of tourists from various parts of the country and a sprinkling of foreigners filed past an eye catching display of roses.
While the cynosure of all eyes was a rose bowl in the heart of the park, a map of India made of roses and a rose rangoli nearby vied with each other in attracting the people. Other designs created with rose petals provided attractive backdrops for photographs.
Despite the damage caused to a good number of roses by the rain, the entire park on five long terraces and extending over about four hectares presented a colourful look. In the competition section were hybrid teas, floribundas, rose pots, collection of roses from public gardens, roses in Ikebana arrangement, garlands, bouquets etc. Many of the tourists interviewed by THE HINDU said that they had not expected ‘such a visual treat in one place’.
The Show was inaugurated by Khadi Board Minister K. Ramachandran. The prizes for the best bloom in the show and the best collection of roses in pots went to the Commandant, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Krithik Kumar of Ambal Auto walked away with the prize for outstanding flower arrangement. Sterling Biotech bagged the prize for the outstanding collection of cut roses. Sanjana Shloka of J.S.S.College of Pharmacy won the prize for the best collection of cut roses (12" to 13" stalk length). The prize for the best collection of commercial cut roses was won by the Executive Officer, Cantonment Board, Wellington.