BANGALORE: Inaugurating the Centenary Horticulture Show organised by the Mysore Horticultural Society and the Department of Horticulture, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda was in awe of the colourful displays.
The bi-annual flower show this year showcases not only various displays of flowers, fruits and vegetables from across the country, but the special highlight of the festival is a display of flowers from Holland.
The Republic Day Flower Show that started from January 20 will be on till January 29 with special displays planned out for each day. “Last year over 6 lakh people visited the flower show and this year around 10 lakh visitors are expected. I wish I could take a day off from politics and take a walk around Lalbagh. It has been organised really well this year. The special attraction is the Holland display,” said the CM.
The event will showcase potted plants, cut flowers, Thai art, Jannur, Ikebana, Indian floral art, Bonsai and vegetable carvings.
A gardening competition will be conducted for various government and non-government offices across the city in which many popular hotels, restaurant chains and hospitals will participate to further their ‘green Bangalore’ agenda. “Bangalore has produced many export quality flowers, fruits and vegetables. Each year this show helps disseminate high-tech knowledge of horticulture and the show also attracts many people from all parts of the world,” said P Hemalatha, chairman of Mysore Horticulture Society.
The special attractions of the show are a floral tribute to Buddha and the various traditional dance forms of India, a special flower show from Holland, display of ornamental plants by Indo-American hybrid seeds company and a sand show at the Bonsai garden. The Giant Water Lily, a 17-feet high and 20-feet wide floral tribute to the national bird - Peacock and sand art depicting the Maha Bharatha Chariot are a few attractions amongst others. The show is open for public between 9 am and 6 pm every day.