TT: The Rose Society of Ranchi hosted its winter show on January 4 and 5. What is its relevance?
Davis: The Rose Society of Ranchi is a 44-year-old organisation, and we display the best blooms, variants and cultivars (short for cultivated varieties of stem) of the region in our show
When did the rose society start?
The society was established in 1970 to encourage rose growers
Right now, how many members does the society have?
We are 60 members
What are rose shows all about?
We host rose shows twice a year — in spring (March) and in winter (January). We have many categories in both shows to promote diversity in rose cultivation. Visitors see exclusive roses such as Double Delight, Ace of Hearts, Toro, Laura, Peter Franklin Field and John F Kennedy. Our exhibits impressed even then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in early 1984
Name some categories in this winter show.
We have included small and individual growers, novices, institutions, schools and corporate houses
Ranchi boasts a favourable climate for roses.
Yes, the sizes of the blooms here are far superior to those grown in Delhi, Pune and Mumbai. You will be surprised to know we cultivate roses that are six inches in diameter, only next to New Zealand that grows seven-inch roses. It’s unfortunate Ranchi has not received its due exposure
Why is that?
The state government needs to set up adequate infrastructure for commercial cultivation of roses
What’s the present scenario?
The district can grow more than 4,000 varieties of roses commercially. Right now, Dutch roses are being cultivated in Chandwe near Kanke block. But Ranchi still imports roses from Calcutta and Bangalore
How far has the society been able to help?
We help in getting Ranchi’s roses national exposure in shows. In 2010, HEC won the King of the Show title at a national event. We promote rose cultivation among youngsters. But we want to do more
So, what is the society’s future plan?
We are ambitious. We plan to grow roses commercially and export them