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May 15 • 2012 • GrowersKarismaRose NewsVarietiesVegetablesWater.Horticultureroses



Roses Are Blooming In Bangalore

  From Vegetables To Roses

The saying ‘life always finds its way’ seems to have come true in the case of rose growers in the villages of Hoskote taluk (Bangalore Rural district). Despite the severe water crisis, they have been able to rake in the moolah. It is now a life of regular income and comfort for these farmers who are cultivating new varieties of roses, requiring less water. Farmers in the villages around Hoskote - once a well-known vegetable and floriculture belt - had to abandon their fields due to severe water scarity. The liberalisation era of the mid-90s witnessed massive change in land use in the region. The real estate boom which followed resulted in mass sale of agriculture land and encroachment of water bodies. This resulted in a drastic fall in the water table, affecting small and marginal farmers. When cultivation of water intensive crops like vegetables and flowers seemed impossible, the State Horticulture Department introduced the growers to small varieties of roses. They now sell their produce to neighbouring states. “There are three high-yielding varieties of roses - Karisma, five star and ruby red. They are in great demand in temples and to make garlands. These can be used for all purposes (mariage to cremation) both here as well as in the neighbouring states,” said a horticulture officer here. On large scale A visit to Alappanahalli, Ulsahalli, Upparhalli, Kumbalahalli, Kurubarahalli, Kolathur, Sonadahalli, Sompur and Kalhalli around Hoskote, shows that cultivation of roses is taking place on a large scale. The flowers are transported to places of religious importance in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. According to farmers, most of the flowers cultivated here are sent to Tirupathi under contract farming. “It is a short-term contract between the contractor and farmer - a farmer gets between Rs 45 to Rs 60 per kg of flowers, irrespective of the fluctuating price at which the contractor sells them,” said a senior horticulture officer on condition of anonymity.

These varieties of flowers, according to farmers, grow with very less water when compared to vegetables they cultivated earlier. Depleted water table “We used to cultivate vegetables which required watering every day. But the water table depleted abysmally in these parts. So, the farmers took to rose cultivation, which has proved to be a windfall. I earn between Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 per day,” said Yelappa, a farmer from Ulsahalli.

Subrayappa, another farmer, said these varieties of roses - unlike the Dutch rose variety grown earlier - needed very little water. “Even if we water the plants once a week through drip irrigation, it is sufficient,” he said. In some villages, where the water crisis is severe, the sewage water is used for the plants. These miniature rose varieties are cultivated on small patches of land and the entire family is involved in the cultivation. The farmers prune the plants to a height of three to four feet, so that harvesting becomes easy. Their work begins at 5.30 am and the flowers are dispatched to the junction, where they are weighed and loaded onto mini lorries numbering over 50, to be transported to neighbouring states before 7.30 am. The payment is made to the farmers once in 15 days. “Each farmer earns between Rs 25,000 to Rs 45,000 depending on the size of the land he owns,” said a horticulture officer. The horticulture department is encouraging the farmers by giving a subsidy of Rs 14,000 per acre, under the new area expansion scheme.

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Mar 05 • 2012 • BloomBushesCuttingsGardenHorticultureNurseriesRoseRose Gardens

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Besides building a business, a town and a school for orphaned children, Milton S. Hershey’s support of local horticulture earned him his own rose.

Having a town named after you is cool enough, but having your own rose? Now that’s cool.

When asked to sponsor a national rosarium in Washington, D.C., Hershey instead decided to create a “nice garden of roses” in his hometown.

Working with horticulturist Harry Erdman, Hershey designed a 3½-acre rose garden that included a small pond and more than 12,000 rose bushes of 700 varieties. The Hershey Rose Garden opened to the public in 1937.

The following year, the American Rose Society honored Hershey’s support by naming a rose after him. In 1940, the M.S. Hershey Rose, a scarlet-crimson red (velvet-black red) was planted in Hershey Gardens.

Unfortunately, the number of M.S. Hershey Rose bushes dwindled over the years. But now officials and supporters have launched a campaign to bring the beautiful namesake rose back to its former glory.

Using cuttings from existing bushes, the rose is being bred by two nurseries. Several of the new bushes, developed with advanced methods to fight disease, will be planted this year. By next year, 75 of the rose bushes will bloom in the gardens.

The Hershey Gardens encompasses 23 acres of themed gardens, colorful seasonal displays, unusual trees, and a magnificent outdoor butterfly house that houses 300 butterflies.

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the garden is planning to create a M.S. Hershey Tribute Garden to showcase the revival of the special Hershey rose bush.

The new garden will feature a variety of trees and annuals. A special tribute to Hershey will feature a special circular seating area that will include 75 commemorative naming opportunities. A quote by Hershey also will feature prominently in the garden: “The more beautiful you can make the place look, the better life the people will have.”

The tribute garden will overlook the community that bears his name.

Hershey “dreamed of building a community where residents could enjoy a wonderful quality of life,” said anniversary co-chairwomen Trish Foulkrod and Ashie Santangelo.

“He valued horticultural beauty and made it a priority in his community. Attractive green lawns and manicured beds created a beautiful setting for his thriving town.

“Today, Mr. Hershey’s legacy of horticulture can still be found throughout our town.”

For more information on the 75 donor opportunities or the tribute garden, contact the Hershey Gardens membership office at 63 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey or call 717-534-3492.


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