In full bloom

Rose show

Other than its biting cold, the winter season also brings a beautiful present – flowers in full bloom. With the National Rose Garden in Chanakyapuri brimming over with fully grown flowers, Delhiites were treated to the annual Rose Show recently.

Besides exhibiting more than 130 gorgeous varieties of roses, they also had a rose contest and nurseries with rose plants on sale. Visitors walked away with prizes, roses and a smile.

The National Rose Society of India (NRSI) has been holding the Rose Show for the last 30 years now. It was founded by a few royals - Maharaja Yadavindra Singh of Patiala, Nawab Iqbal Mohammad of Palanpur (Himachal Pradesh), ex-director general of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) Dr BP Pal and former director of the Horticulture department, CPWD, Dr MS Randhawa. Even today, it is passionately run by a few horticulture experts, businessmen and other rose lovers.

Current member NRSI and ex-director, Horticulture dept., CPWD, Dhan Singh, informs us, “Rose is called the queen of all flowers. It embodies love, beauty and all that is dear to us humans. One look at a rose, and your day’s stress is certain to go away in a moment. With the same love for roses, we tend to these flowers through the year, and open the garden to the public in December.”

“We are very proud to present over 130 varieties of Roses to Delhiites this time. These include all four types - Hybrid, Floribunda, Miniature and Polyentha. In the given order, Hybrid Roses are the biggest in size and appear only one on a stem, while Polyentha are the smallest and appear in dozens on one stem.”

The species included Sadabahar (which blooms through the year), Eiffel tower (with a long stem), Kiss of fire (with burnt margins), Double delight (double colours), Sugandha (beautiful fragrance), Sahastradhara (with different stripes of colours), Lady X, Blue Monn, Iceberg, Dark beauty, Summer snow, perfume delight and much more. The colours included Red, pink, orange, yellow, lavender, white and apricot.

Dhan Singh further informs us that they also had some new varieties like Pitambar (yellow), Ajay (sturdy petals and stems), Abhishek (Red colour), Shatabdi (pink colour), Arun (orange colour)etc. - all given by the PUSA institute.

He adds, “The best cities in every country boast of atleast a few good rose gardens. In Delhi, we do have a few - the Lodhi Gardens, Rashtrapati Bhavan lawns, DDA park etc., but they are not well tend to. This is when we must put in even more efforts into our rose gardens because the bright sun favours us in
their growth.

“People also do not grow roses in their gardens these days because of lack of space and the hard work it requires. However, we would advise them to try their hand at it as the results can be beautiful and give the ultimate pleasure to your heart and mind.”

No doubt, the visitors agreed with him. Gitanjali Puri, a homemaker said, “I have lived in Bangalore which people call as the garden city. However, after seeing this show, I would say Delhi is a garden city. There are so many kinds of roses - the pleasure is in just walking around.”

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