Garland of Roses for 140th Kentucky Derby under construction - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Garland of Roses for 140th Kentucky Derby under construction

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WDRB's Valerie Chinn with the master floral designers. WDRB's Valerie Chinn with the master floral designers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In just a matter of hours, these roses will adorn the neck of the winner of the Kentucky Derby.

Kroger master floral designers put together the Garland of Roses Friday, as they have been doing for the past 113 years.

The Derby garland is 122 inches long and 22 inches wide. It weighs about 40 pounds and consists of more than 450 roses.

"This represents Louisville," said floral designer Carol Belser, "and Louisville is exciting right now and the adrenaline is flowing for the city of Louisville."

WDRB's Valerie Chin was invited by Kroger to the event where she got to sew on a rose. The Garland of Roses will be on display until 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Shelbyville Road Kroger.

At 9:30 a.m., the garland along with the jockey's bouquet will be transported to Churchill Downs with a police escort.

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