Rose garden , Ooty

A write-up and accompanying snaps received from my friend Shri P P Ramachandran, Mumbai

M G Warrier
Flowers of Ooty
The Government Rose Garden is situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty town and was opened to commemorate the Centenary Flower Show in May 1995. The flowers are arranged in five curving terraces covering four hectares. The garden is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department.
Ooty has a unique tropical mountain climate, hence the garden has the ideal climatic conditions for growing roses.
The Government Rose Garden located in the heart of Ooty is one of the largest rose gardens in India and also a popular tourist attraction. The beautiful garden is spread across 10 acres of land and houses some of the largest collections of roses in the country including miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, floribunda, ramblers, black and green roses and many other unique varieties. The Rose Garden is not only a delight for the eyes and the senses but also a must-visit for those interested in horticulture.
Initially, when the gardens were developed, 1,919 varieties of roses with 17,256 rose plants were planted.Today there are more than 20,000 varieties of roses
The collection of roses planted here were assembled from different sources around the world.
The garden has been laid out with rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers. The slopes of the garden also features the Nila Maadam, an observation platform. From the Nila Maadam, tourists can observe the entire rose garden.The garden also features a statue of an angel amidst the roses.

The rose garden received the Garden of Excellence Award for being the best rose garden in south Asia, from the World Federation of Rose Societies in May 2006, in Osaka, Japan.This garden is one of the 35 gardens worldwide to have received this award.
Here are photographs taken by my grandchildren Ashish, Ashwini, my daughter Priya and son-in-law Gopal.
This Friday is for Home grown Flowers.

Ashwini Gopal.
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