The First All India Rose Convention was successfully held at Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1978, under the aegis of the Bombay Rose Society with Mr. P L Mokashi as its President and Mr. M S Pai as its Secretary. Seeing the enthusiastic response from rosarians across the country, the concept of forming an all India body was mooted during the deliberations at the convention. The Memorandum & Articles of Association of the proposed all India body was drafted at Bombay and it was decided to hold the 2nd All India Rose Convention in Jabalpur in December 1979. The Indian Rose Federation thus came into official existence with Late Justice K. K. Dubey as its first President and Mr. M S Pai as its first Secretary. In the beginning, the office of the IRF was in Mumbai from where it was subsequently moved to Jabalpur. Lt. Col. C P Diddi (Retd.) took over as Secretary in 1983 and ably discharged his responsibilities for many years. Dr. P S Rao of Hyderabad took over as President from Justice K K Dubey in January 1987 and was succeeded by P L Mokashi in 1990.
The Indian Rose Federation represents India in the World Federation of Rose Societies.
Activities of IRF
- To widely spread, educate and communicate the arts and techniques of growing roses, both as a hobby and for commercial purposes.
- To encourage growers and breeders for the improvement of rose culture and varieties, suitable for cultivation in the different climatic zones of the country.
- To recognise and honour the experts in rose culture and breeding for their work and also to those contributing towards promotion of rose growing in the country, with IRF Gold Medals every year.
Apart from functioning as the apex body representing the Rose Societies across India, the activities of IRF are as follows:
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- Holding annual All-India Rose Conventions and Rose Shows, in different states by rotation.
- Publication of the Indian Rose Annual, with write-ups contributed by rosarians and scientists from all over the world, on various aspects of the Rose. The Rose Annual was initially edited by Mr. V S Padhye and Mr. M S Pai and subsequently by Mr. V S Padhye, Mr. M S Viraraghavan and Mrs. Girija Viraraghavan. From 2006, it is being edited by Mr. M S Viraraghavan and Mrs. Girija Viraraghavan. The Indian Rose Annual has emerged as one of the prestigious publications on rose in the world.
- Implementation of quality standards for the rose plants sold by IRF-accredited rose nurseries.
- Establishing standard guidelines for the judging of roses at the rose shows in India.
- Setting up norms for the establishment of trial grounds for roses and conducting trials in accordance with global standards.