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Government Rose Garden getting ready for summer

D. Radhakrishnan
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Three patented varieties from Holland-Avalanche, Peach and Taj Mahal will be introduced

In full swing:Pruning operations began at the Government Rose Garden in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.— Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
In full swing:Pruning operations began at the Government Rose Garden in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.— Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

The 18-year-old Government Rose Garden (GRG) here would be in bloom earlier than usual this summer, said the Joint Director of Horticulture G. Mohan here on Thursday.

Speaking to The Hindu after commencing the pruning operations, an important cultural activity at the GRG, he said that usually the pruning would commence only during the second week of February to facilitate blooming in early May. However, since last year the long standing practice has been changed to enable the tourists who came earlier also to get an eye full.

In tune with this a plan has been put in place. As per the plan, all the 25, 000 rose plants representing about 3,800 varieties would be in bloom by the second fortnight of April. Skilled labourers would complete the pruning in about a month.

He added that this year three patented varieties from Holland-Avalanche, Peach and Taj Mahal- would be introduced.

Disclosing that under the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP), a sum of Rs.22 lakh has been sanctioned to the GRG to improve basic amenities and carry out other works, Mr. Mohan said that public conveniences and drinking water facilities provided.

On one of the terraces permanent labels would be fixed. When it was pointed out that the speed breakers on the roads leading to the GRG now pose a threat to motorists, he assured that warning boards would be erected and the speed breakers painted.

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