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Radiant roses and more at the Agri Horticultural Society

The Bicentenary Flower Show & World Regional Rose Convention 2020 was held from January 9 to 12



The Agri Horticultural Society of India celebrated its 200th anniversary with a spectacular flower show at its gardens. The Bicentenary Flower Show & World Regional Rose Convention 2020 in association with The Telegraph was held in partnership with the Bengal Rose Society, supported by the Indian Rose Federation. The flower exhibition was held from January 9 to 12, and had over 250 variety of roses on display.

“The response was very positive this year. This the third time the World Federation of Rose Societies Regional Convention is being held in India, and it’s the first time in Calcutta. More than 250 Indian and foreign delegates had come down for the convention and it was quite successful,” said Col. Pratul Pandit (retd.),CEO of The Agri Horticultural Society of India.

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(L-R) Sanjay Mukherjee, joint secretary, Bengal Rose Society; Debnath Benarjee, life member of Bengal Rose Society; Meghbaran Guin, joint secretary, Bengal Rose Society; and Col. Pratul Pandit (retd.), CEO of The Agri Horticultural Society of India. “We have worked really hard for the past few years for this show. The rose is a delicate plant and such big blooms require constant care and nurturing. The quality of our pot culture is exemplary, which is why we were able to host the regional convention. We have also been awarded by the World Federation of Rose Societies for our effort,” said Sanjay Mukherjee and Meghbaran Guin.
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(L-R) Sanjay Mukherjee, joint secretary, Bengal Rose Society; Debnath Benarjee, life member of Bengal Rose Society; Meghbaran Guin, joint secretary, Bengal Rose Society; and Col. Pratul Pandit (retd.), CEO of The Agri Horticultural Society of India. “We have worked really hard for the past few years for this show. The rose is a delicate plant and such big blooms require constant care and nurturing. The quality of our pot culture is exemplary, which is why we were able to host the regional convention. We have also been awarded by the World Federation of Rose Societies for our effort,” said Sanjay Mukherjee and Meghbaran Guin.
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The Telegraph picks

Suprabhath: An Indian variety, the flowers are soft pink in colour. The breed is disease-resistant and leads a long life.
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Suprabhath: An Indian variety, the flowers are soft pink in colour. The breed is disease-resistant and leads a long life.
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Tineke (Rosa Tineke): A commercial cut-flower variety, this rose is generally grown in glass houses. Named Tineke, this beautiful white flower is imported straight from The Netherlands. The crystal white colour of the rose makes it so precious.
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Tineke (Rosa Tineke): A commercial cut-flower variety, this rose is generally grown in glass houses. Named Tineke, this beautiful white flower is imported straight from The Netherlands. The crystal white colour of the rose makes it so precious.
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Bora Bora: First bred in Germany, this rose is also known by the name of Ashram due to its striking orange or gerua colour. It is said that the name was given due to the similarity in colour with Swami Vivekananda’s attire.
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Bora Bora: First bred in Germany, this rose is also known by the name of Ashram due to its striking orange or gerua colour. It is said that the name was given due to the similarity in colour with Swami Vivekananda’s attire.
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Shanti: A very delicate flower, the Shanti variety has to be nurtured very carefully as it is sensitive to improper sunlight, water and soil. An Indian breed, the Shanti has a beautiful soft yellow colour.
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Shanti: A very delicate flower, the Shanti variety has to be nurtured very carefully as it is sensitive to improper sunlight, water and soil. An Indian breed, the Shanti has a beautiful soft yellow colour.
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St. Patrick rose: The flowers open slowly to reveal satiny-yellow petals. The rose is mostly used for cut-flower purposes.
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St. Patrick rose: The flowers open slowly to reveal satiny-yellow petals. The rose is mostly used for cut-flower purposes.
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Ingrid Bergman: The classic red rose, the Ingrid Bergman is named after the great Hollywood actress. One of the most popular varieties, the flower is known for its signature bright red hue.
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Ingrid Bergman: The classic red rose, the Ingrid Bergman is named after the great Hollywood actress. One of the most popular varieties, the flower is known for its signature bright red hue.
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Bindubasini Indian Floribunda: The Floribunda variety offers a cluster of small flowers per stem. The Bindubasini, an Indian Floribunda variety, has a cluster of small pink flowers with a white centre.
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Bindubasini Indian Floribunda: The Floribunda variety offers a cluster of small flowers per stem. The Bindubasini, an Indian Floribunda variety, has a cluster of small pink flowers with a white centre.
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There were potted petunia plants in a range of colours like pink, violet, red, lilac and white.
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There were potted petunia plants in a range of colours like pink, violet, red, lilac and white.
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Oranges hanging from the branches was such a delightful sight.
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Oranges hanging from the branches was such a delightful sight.
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Bright Celosia Plumosaalso, known as Silver Cock’s Comb and in Bengali as morog jhuti, is a seasonal flower.
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Bright Celosia Plumosaalso, known as Silver Cock’s Comb and in Bengali as morog jhuti, is a seasonal flower.
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Flower lovers

The beautiful display of flowers brought out the photographer in everyone. This little one went click-click with a mobile phone!
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The beautiful display of flowers brought out the photographer in everyone. This little one went click-click with a mobile phone!
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“My husband loves gardening so I had come here earlier with him. The rose presentation is lovely and definitely my favourite!” said Souma Paul.
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“My husband loves gardening so I had come here earlier with him. The rose presentation is lovely and definitely my favourite!” said Souma Paul.
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Palden Tshering was busy clicking pictures of his golf kit beside the roses when we caught up with him. “Oh, I was playing golf nearby and came directly for the flower show after that, with my wife and father. I am loving the flower display this year, it’s really wonderful,” he said.
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Palden Tshering was busy clicking pictures of his golf kit beside the roses when we caught up with him. “Oh, I was playing golf nearby and came directly for the flower show after that, with my wife and father. I am loving the flower display this year, it’s really wonderful,” he said.
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“I have come here twice before my marriage, and this is the first time with my wife. My favourites are the yellow and peach roses,’ said Santanu Biswas with wife Supriya Mazumdar.
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“I have come here twice before my marriage, and this is the first time with my wife. My favourites are the yellow and peach roses,’ said Santanu Biswas with wife Supriya Mazumdar.
B. Halder

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