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Heritage section adds value to Rose Garden

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It will be of interest to academicians too

Added attraction:Agriculture Minister K.A. Sengotaiyan (left) and Tourism Minister M. Budhichandran (second left) at the heritage rose section of the Government Rose Garden in Udhagamandalam on Friday.—Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Added attraction:Agriculture Minister K.A. Sengotaiyan (left) and Tourism Minister M. Budhichandran (second left) at the heritage rose section of the Government Rose Garden in Udhagamandalam on Friday.—Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

The beauty of the Government Rose Garden here has been enhanced with the formation of a heritage rose section.

Pointing out that work had commenced about three years ago, the Assistant Director of Horticulture, A.J. Jagadeesh Kumar, toldThe Hindu here that the section, which was declared open by the Agriculture Minister, K.A. Sengotaiyan, in the presence of Tourism Minister M. Budhichandran on Friday was the first of its kind in South-East Asia.

Pointing out that the section extended over about one acre of the 10-acre garden, he said that following the recognition of the garden a few years ago as a Garden of Excellence by the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS), it had been decided to create a section exclusively for heritage roses.

Stating that about 120 varieties collected from Rosarians in various parts of the country had been planted, he said that among them were Humes Blush and Old Blush, which were stated to be about 1000 years old and Camellia Templerose and Rosa Viradi flora.

Apart from enhancing the beauty of the park, the section will be of interest to academicians.

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