Lalbagh splurges on exotic Dutch flowers

As compared to previous bi-annual shows, the department says it has spent more on sourcing floral varieties from foreign countries

Published: 05th August 2018 11:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th August 2018 07:45 AM   |  A+A-

Tribute to soldiers at Lalbagh Flower Show  Pandarinath B

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Nearly `20 lakh has been spent to import flowers from different parts of south India and Holland for Lalbagh’s 208th flower show. The central installation in the glass house represents the Himalayas, Indian ocean in the south and desert land, showcasing the different terrains of India. “We have not imported flowers from foreign countries at this scale before.

Holland has the best climate for flowers and certain exotic varieties only grow there,” says M Jagadeesh, joint director of Horticulture Department, adding, “Pink and white Caranation flowers are from the Dutch regions, along with orchids, Alstroemeria Lily, Lilium,  Dracaena, Leather leaf, Chrysanthemum and Dahlia,” Jagadeesh says.
Of the `1.75 to `2 crores spent on the flower show overall, `20 lakh was for flowers only.

MR Chandrashekar, deputy director, says the department has procured 15 variegated flower species in advance. He says, “We wanted to expose the public to different kinds of flowers this time. We usually have 30 species in our shows, but this time, it is around 45. Renowned florist TS Jagadish coordinated this for us.”

A team of 15 expert arrangers took three days to make the flower arrangements, utilising 1,20,000 flowers for this purpose. To keep the stock fresh for the 12 day period until August 15, the flora will be changed three times. Local flowers have been sourced from Bengaluru, other parts of Karnataka, Ooty, other parts of Tamil Nadu and Pune. This show is dedicated to the Indian Defence forces. Models of warships, jet fighters, war aeroplanes, tankers and bomber planes have been designed using fibre, wood and metal. At the entrance of the glasshouse, a model of the war memorial Amar Jawan Jyothi, in Delhi, has been created.

Tickets will be sold from 9.30 am to 6 pm. Entry to the Glass House closes at 7 pm.

Follow The New Indian Express channel on WhatsApp


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp