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KANSAI

Roses to inspire life in the pink

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

Don’t panic if you almost forgot that it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. The International Roses and Gardening Show could be just the ticket to stay in Mom’s good graces. Why not give her a gift of flowers and then take her to an event showcasing nearly a million different roses, arranged by breeders and flower artists from Japan and overseas.

This is the International Roses and Gardening Show’s 16th anniversary and it is now one of the largest flower conventions in the country. The theme for 2014 is “la vie en rose” (“life in pink”), with the gardens and flower shops reflecting the taste of France’s southeastern Provence region. In addition to the main garden attractions, a Rose Avenue will feature three top rose growers, each presenting their best breeds.

There will also be two special exhibitions, one inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel “Anne of Green Gables,” and another titled “Grace Kelly’s Yard,” dedicated to the actress and featuring her favorite type of Monaco rose.

The International Roses and Gardening Show takes place May 10 through 16 at Seibu Dome in Saitama Prefecture. Tickets are ¥1,900 in advance or ¥2,200 at the door. For more information, call 03-5777-8600 or visit www.bara21.jp.