Pune: The Pune Rose Society has organised a two-day rose exhibition on February 17 and 18 at Tilak Smarak Mandir.
"The exhibition will be inaugurated by Mayor Mukta Tilak,” said President of the society Chandralekha Jagtap at a press conference here on Tuesday.
She said, “The exhibition will be open to all from 1 pm to 8 pm on the first day, and from 9 am to 8 pm on the second day. The showstopper will be the newly invented species of roses from Maharashtra. Roses from all over the world will be showcased in the 101st edition of the exhibition."
"There will be 200 to 250 species of roses with different shapes, sizes and colours, and more than 2,000 roses will be showcased at the exhibition,” said Arun Patil, Chairperson of the Rose Show.
There will be 16 stalls for visitors to buy flower plants, garden equipment, fertilisers, seeds and pesticides,” said Patil, adding there will be a competition for the exhibitors.
Supriya Gadgil will be felicitated at the exhibition with Late Laxmibai Anantrao Naik award by Mayor Tilak for her service to the society. Similarly, Nitin Patil, an enterprising rose farmer from Kolhapur will be felicitated by Deepak Tilak, Chancellor, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth.
Sharad Gatne, former president of the Society will give away the prizes to the winners. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are named as King, Queen and Princess. There will be a novice category for people participating for the first time.
A former president of the society invented the polybag method for rose cultivation. Since then, this method is used in nurseries across India and the world over for rose cultivation.