Rose exhibition begins in city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 30 September 2018

Chandralekha Jagtap said, “Participants from all over Maharashtra especially from Pune district, Satara and Nagpur are participating in the event."

PUNE: The Rose Society of Pune is exhibiting its 102th rose exhibition at Tilak Smarak Mandir. The two-day exhibition, being held on Saturday and Sunday, has around 200 to 250 varieties of roses with more than 3,000 flowers. There are 25 participants from all over Maharashtra. 

The festival was inaugurated by Pushpa Hegde, President of Poona Women’s Council on Saturday. The time of the exhibition is from 1 pm to 8 pm.

Chandralekha Jagtap, President of The Rose Society of Pune, said, “Participants from all over Maharashtra especially from Pune district, Satara and Nagpur are participating in the event. This year, along with professional rose lovers, amateur rose lovers are also exhibiting their  work. A total of 75 judges from all parts of Maharashtra have judged the exhibition.”  

“Along with the rose show, the Rose Society of Pune is celebrating its 57th foundation year. In 1962, few rose lovers came together and established the society, with support from Jayantrao Tilak, editor of Daily Kesari and president of state legislative council. After that, every year during Ganesh festival, The Rose Society of Pune has been organising the Rose exhibition in Kesariwada.”

A former president of the Rose Society of Pune invented Polybag method for rose cultivation. Since then, this method has proved useful for every nursery in India. Now this method is used all over world for rose cultivation. 

“A Gold medal has been awarded to Raymond Jacob who has been in rose nursery from last 14 years and Gunwant Gulab Shetkari award has been given to Arjun Raut, who has been cultivating roses from last 20 years. The King of the show was Irani Shapur who got the award for the rose variety of Loius Estes, Queen of the show was Nimhan Pundalik who won the award under the rose variety of Gladiator and Gulab of the show was given to Ganesh Shirke for the variety of Lynette,” she added.

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