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Jun 01 • 2012 • LoveRomanceRomanticRoseRose NewsShowSpring

Rose News From Around The World



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 ( 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



 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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Mulching the rose garden can be very beneficial in many ways. A good layer of mulch ensures that the soil is kept moist in a hot spell. Weeds are kept to a minimum. The soil is improved as humus is added to the soil. Some mulches provide extra food for your roses. Black spot and other diseases are greatly reduced, providing the soil is cleared of old leaves and debris before mulching. Many materials can be used for mulching depending what is available to you. Well rotted farm or horse manure are excellent, but do make sure that it is well rotted as fresh manure can burn the roots of plants. Shredded bark, moist peat, garden compost and leaf mould all make suitable mulches, even grass cuttings can be used sparingly providing they have not been treated with weed killer recently. Before applying your chosen mulch make sure the ground is clean and damp and you have fed your roses. Spread a layer of mulch around the roses to a depth of 2-3ins - 5-6cm keeping it away from the stem or crown of the plant. Mulching is traditionally done in the spring, but we have found that mulching spring and autumn has been very beneficial.

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