Okada Masao: My Dreams Come True in Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu


The interview with Okada Masao, a senior horticulturist from Japan, took place on a sunny day in early May at his rose garden, rose de mai, where he related his story of roses and the city, in the pleasant ambience with delightful sights and fragrant aroma from the flowers.
The Old Man and His Roses
Occupying an area of about 67 hectares, rose de mai is a large rose farm made in the style that represents a semblance of a combination of Palace of Versailles and Shugaku-in Rikyu in Kyoto Japan. Various roses are in full bloom, attracting bees, butterflies and crowds of people coming to enjoy themselves at the romantic and exquisite site.
Okada Masao would take a stroll around rose de mai every morning, stop now and then and take a look of the flowers. In the eyes of the 68-year-old horticulturist, the garden is his home and the roses his children, he said.

"I never get bored with all the tilling, watering and all the work in the field," Okada Masao said, "I often feel I'm walking on the clouds when taking a stroll in the garden."
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