APn 06/30 0054 Krishna-Roses Copyright, 1988. The Associated Press. All rights reserved. N

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APn 06/30 0054 Krishna-Roses Copyright, 1988. The Associated Press. All rights reserved. NEW VRINDABAN, W.Va. (AP) -- The American Rose Society has awarded its highest honor to the Hare Krishna community here for its rose garden. The Krishnas' roses showed no signs of disease or insects and had "lots of healthy growth" despite the drought, Rose Society spokesman Archie Brant said Tuesday. The judges, in bestowing the society's national award for public gardens, were also impressed with the garden's unusual backdrop, a gold Indian-style palace built by Krishna devotees, Brant said. The devotees pamper the roses with hand watering but like most gardeners use pesticides, despite the Hindu doctrine of respect for all forms of life, said New Vrindaban garden director Betty Hickey. "Well, that doesn't apply when you want a nice showy garden," Hickey said. "You have to use some chemicals."

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