A rose by any other name would not be Monica Bellucci.
Dedicated to the popular Italian actress, who starred in Hollywood films like, ‘The Matrix Reloaded’, ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and Bond film ‘Spectre’, the carmine-pink rose will be among the 60-odd varieties that will be showcased at the Agri-Horticultural Society of India (AHSI) during its bi-centenary celebrations from January 9 to 12. AHSI will also host the World Regional Rose Convention (WRRC), a prestigious event that celebrates the flower found universally that symbolizes love, passion, joy, humility, appreciation, admiration and enchantment.
“Rose is the only flower that connects the entire world. When someone gives a rose anywhere in the world, it symbolizes friendship and love. There is no other flower that connects the world the way the rose does. There are 40,000 rose varieties across the globe, of which around 3,000 are found in India. AHSI has 75 varieties. Around 60 varieties with different colour combinations will be showcased at the show,” said AHSI president Sunil Kanoria.
Apart from the Monica Bellucci Rose, created by Meiland Richardier, the rare varieties of roses on display will include Over the Moon, a hybrid tea rose cultivar, bred by Pierre Orard in France, and Joy of Life, bred by Hans Jürgen Evers of Germany. The Bengal rose, blood red in colour, is distinct from other Indian varieties.
Celebrated Thai floral artist Phubast Chesdmethee, popularly called Poo, will create an installation for the show and curate a floral fashion show. Around 300 delegates from all over the world, including members of the World Rose Society, headquartered in Brussels, will discuss the technology development, research and markets and share their perspective on roses. The show will also present perennial flowers, medicinal plants, a wide range of foliage plants, cacti, succulents and bonsai grown in pots.
While the past 200 years had been eventful, Kanoria said AHSI was keen to focus on reviving the R&D centre and partner universities and corporate groups to improve its utilization. AHSI, founded by William Carey, played a key role in introduction of tea bushes to Assam and a wide variety of vegetables and fruits in pre-Independence India, like cauliflower, cabbage, tomato and beet.
In the run-up to the bi-centenary year, the AHSI garden has been revamped and nearly 50,000 plants have been added in last six-seven months.
Source: Times of India