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Jun 01 • 2012 • LoveRomanceRomanticRoseRose NewsShowSpring

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KOREA

A ROMANTIC ROSE SHOW

Spring is the season of weddings, new beginnings and romance. So what better way to celebrate it than being surrounded by roses, the symbol of unconditional love?

The rose has been Korea’s best-loved flower since the first survey of favourite flowers was conducted in 1990, according to research company Gallup Korea. Approximately one million of the affectionately named “queen of flowers” greet visitors in the gardens of Everland at its 27th annual Rose Festival, which will continue through June 17 at the Yongin amusement park, an hour drive south from Seoul. It started on May 11. Four differently themed gardens boast 850 different species of roses in all colors, ranging from the classic red, soft orange, vibrant yellow, light violet and pure white.

The four rose gardens are “perfect” places for lovers to enjoy each others’ company.

Out of the four, the Victoria Garden is arguably the best area for a lovers’ stroll. As the name suggests, it was built in the British Victorian style, characterized by repeating patterns and archways. Rose buds climb up the white fence walls, which surround a wide area full of flowers. The roses are planted in a circular arrangement with the pathways forming a circle with a cross through the centre. Lovers and families alike stroll through the garden hand in hand. Visitors can stop anywhere on the path for a picture as the rose-filled archways surrounding the garden provide a memorable backdrop. The Cupid Garden’s name alone is enough to attract couples. The small garden beside the Victorian one is dedicated to young lovers. In the center is a good spot for pictures with the statue of the winged god of love.

On the outskirts of the Cupid and Victoria gardens are fields of red roses. One of the most unique roses of the red colouring is Love. These roses have petals that are red on the inside and white on the back, resembling a lover’s blushing face.

The Venus Garden, located opposite the Cupid, boasts even more statues. White statues, which resemble famous Greek artwork like the Venus de Milo, decorate this area. The fountain in the middle has a large stone centrepiece of an elegantly posed woman holding up a cup as if to toast lovers. Lion heads spout water into the fountain in four directions below her. The wide fountain is flanked by benches, which provide an intimate atmosphere for couples looking for a place to rest. Couples can also be seen lining up to take photographs on a white bench under white Greek columns and a small streetlamp.

“It’s even more beautiful at night,” said Kim Ju-won, 49, who said this is her second time at the Rose Festival. “The lamps light up and the whole place is surrounded by light.”

The Venus Garden connects into the Maze, inspired by the Knossos Palace in the ancient Greek myths. According to Greek mythology, King Minos of Knossos decided to create a labyrinth, or maze, to trap the Minotaur, a man-eating monster with the head of a bull and body of a man. Every year, Minos would send people into the maze as a sacrifice to keep the Minotaur content and to prevent it from escaping. This carefully constructed area combines walls of rose bushes with sharply angled corners, mimicking the structure of the maze. Some of these walls rise up to two meters, filling the place with a fragrant perfume when the wind blows through them. In the center of the maze is a fountain with the statue of two embracing lovers, who finally found each other after many twists and turns. They are celebrating the end of the journey with a kiss. "It's a great place to come for a date," said Jeon Hye-jun, 20, who visited the gardens with his girlfriend. "There are lots of places to take photos and create memories.” But the Rose Festival is not just for couples. Many of the sightseers are families and students on field trips, learning new facts about the familiar flower. “It’s my first time seeing orange roses,” said Lee Yeong-mi, 9, who took a day off with her parents to visit Everland. “It’s different from red roses, it’s pretty.” Visitors used to the typical red rose may be pleasantly surprised to find roses of all colors in the gardens. The rose Yume, which is light sherbet-orange in color, is famous for its voluminous petals. It is also relatively easy to grow for less experienced gardeners. Some of the roses even have romantic names, like White Christmas. With pure white petals befitting its name, this queen of white roses is called a masterpiece by many. “These roses are Everland’s pride. They only bloom in the warm season, but the rose bushes need to be taken care of year round, protected under greenhouses in the cold winter months,” an Everland spokesman told The Korea Times. There are also a number of performances, such as photo time with the “Ever-Bee,” and “Rosina's Love Adventure,” starring the princess of Rose Castle at the Four Seasons Gardens. The performance hours can be found on the Everland website (www.everland.com). Couples should also try to locate all seven heart-shaped rose topiaries, or plant structures, set up throughout the gardens. On another note, Everland also received media attention as it introduced a family of endangered golden snub-nosed monkeys to the public, May 24. The family members consist of the parents, Son O-gong and Son So-un, and their three naturally bred offspring, Sinbi, Tori and the baby, born March 31 this year.

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May 30 • 2012 • FlowerGardenPetalsRomanticRoseRose NewsShowSpringStem

Rose News From Around The World

BEIRUT

NEW DISEASE RESISTANT ROSE

 The Beirut Garden Show & Spring Festival opened at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

As the first visitors muddled their way in past an entrance staff still getting their bearings, exhibitors frenetically unpacked boxes and organized displays for the ninth edition of the annual event held at the Beirut Hippodrome. But the last minute scramble to preparedness did not distract from what promises to be a highly successful ushering in of the summer season.

The highlight of the opening evening was the unveiling of the Beirut Rose, a bloom cultivated by the French rose producer Meilland in tribute to the resilience of Lebanon’s capital city.

With each stem bearing five to 25 flowers and each flower comprising some 75 to 80 petals, the Beirut Rose is a jaunty, romantic-looking bloom, far less stiff and formal than its highly bred cousins. Moreover, the rose is 100 percent disease resistant and blooms continuously from June through December, embodying the tenacious nature of its namesake city, which has resurged from conflict and tragedy time and again.

The flower appeared to be an immediate hit, with the launch ceremony’s attendees eagerly sniffing the lightly scented Bengal pink blossom. Those who wish to procure the plant for themselves can do so at the Garden Show (at the price of LL20,000), while the flower will also be available all over the world through Meilland’s catalogue.

Meanwhile, the Beirut Rose will officially take root in the city Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. when a planting ceremony is due to be held at Martyrs’ Square in Downtown.

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Mar 08 • 2012 • FlowersMillion. RosesRed RosesRomanticscarlet

Who Said "Romance Was Dead"

A MILLION ROSES

Based on a romantic pop hit from Soviet times, a Kazakh man has ordered one million red roses for his wife on International Women's Day that will be observed on Thursday.

The man had a spat with his wife and sought to make up to her, according to the Express-K.kz news website.

The order for one million Dutch-grown roses was placed with a florist in Kyzylorda city in Kazakhstan and is to be delivered on Thursday.

Local prices for roses on International Women's Day ranged from 500 to 2,000 Tenge ($3 to $13) per flower, which means the one-million order could cost the caring husband between $3 million and $13 million.

The 'Million Roses' song was popularised by Soviet pop diva Alla Pugacheva in 1982.

The song, which tells a story of an artist trying to win a woman's heart through the gift of flowers, sold over six million copies as a single.

English Translation.

Once upon the time there was a painter He had a little house and canvas But he loved an actress who loved flowers He then sold his home Sold his paintings and his shelter And with all the money he bought a whole sea of flowers

A million of scarlet roses From the window you can see The one, who is seriously in love, transforms his life into flowers for you

A million of scarlet roses From the window you can see The one, who is seriously in love, transforms his life into flowers for you

In the morning, you stand at the window Maybe you've gone crazy As in a continuation of a dream The plaza is full of flowers Your soul grows cold What rich man is making fun by here? But under the window, almost breathless, the poor painter stands

A million of scarlet roses From the window you can see The one, who is seriously in love, transforms his life into flowers for you

A million of scarlet roses From the window you can see The one, who is seriously in love, transforms his life into flowers for you

The encounter was short At night, the train carried her away But in her life remained the mad song of roses k The painter kept living alone Many troubles he beared But in his life remained the whole plaza of flowers

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Jan 30 • 2012 • FlowersFreshPreservingRose NewsSpecial GiftValentineromantic valentineroses

MAKE YOUR ROSES LAST LONGER

Roses are one of the most common valentine's day gift.

Preserving those rose stalks fresh for a long time is really difficult and all attempts to keep that special gift goes in vain after a day! To keep the flower vase bright and lively with fresh rose stalks, here are few tips to maintain the rose flowers and make them last longer.

Tips to keep rose stalks fresh: 1. The flower vase should be clean from bacteria. Scrub and wash the vase with hot water and bleach to kill bacterias which reduces the freshness of the rose. 2. It is best to store rose flowers in a cold place. This maintains the flowers and lasts long. You can either store the rose flowers in refrigerator overnight or keep them in cold water. 3. Sprinkle a pinch of bleach in water before putting the stalks. This prevents the growth of bacteria. 4. You can also store the rose flowers in warm water for one day. This keeps the rose flowers fresh for a long time as cut roses easily absorb warm water. 5. Always remove leaves from the from the bottom of the rose stem. Leaves rot and can easily grow bacteria. So, remove all foliage from the bottom. 6. Cut the rose stalk from bottom to keep it hydrated and fresh. You can cut everyday to keep it fresh. Fresh cuts enhances the glow and makes the rose flowers look fresh and last longer. 7. Keep the flower vase in a cold place where there is less humidity and sunlight. This prevents the rose flowers from drying. 8. Change the water everyday to make the rose stalks last longer. Cut the stalk from the bottom regularly to keep the flowers fresh. You can cut at an angle of 45 degree angle to allow easy absorption of water. Whether the rose flowers are cut from the garden or bought from the florist shop, you would like to spread its smell and aroma in the house for days! Follow these tips to keep the rose fresh and bright for long. Store your romantic valentine's gift in a cool place and keep in the refrigerator at night if required.

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