Just before one would be bombarded with roses in every direction you look on Valentine’s Day, comes the Rose Show at Maharashtra Nature Park in Dharavi.
The Hand Painted Indian variety now a rage in the world. 100 plants have been put up in Sakara Garden at Japan, bred by Viru Viraraghavan of Kodaikanal
This exhibition-cum-competition has been organised by the Mumbai Rose Society, a 40-year-old organisation that promotes rose growing as an occupation and a hobby in the city.
Double Delight — white with red edges. This kind is highly fragrant
On display will be more than 2,000 roses that have come in from various parts of the country including ones flown in from Jabalpur and Kolkata.
Abracadabra, a beautiful striped variety which has a habit of changing colours, deep red streaked with white and sometimes yellow
Avinash Kubal, deputy director of Maharashtra Nature Park Society and president of Mumbai Rose Society informs us, “Keeping in mind the climatic conditions, this is the right time for blooming of roses. The society has been organising rose shows every year, and there will be a lot of roses to see at this exhibition too.”
Deep purple — a mauve floribunda with white reverse
Kubal tells us there are around 3,500 varieties of roses in the world. Some of the categories classified on the way they grow are Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Miniatures. Roses are also classified based on their colour.
Gold Medal a deep yellow
These include ones in solid colours such as dark red, violet, light pink, green roses, and then patterned varieties such as stripped, bicolour, spotted, and fragrant roses too.
Sophia Loren dark red
The exhibition will give out prizes such as King of the Show, Queen of the Show, Prince and Princess of the Show. They also have a flower arrangement competition at this two-day exhibition. And if you have been enticed in the world of roses looking at all that is on display, then bring out your wallets for plants and other gardening requirements that will be on sale.
When: On February 1 and 2
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: Maharashtra Nature Park, near Dharavi bus depot, opposite PMGP Colony, Dharavi.