HYDERABAD: Gardening enthusiasts in the city were treated to a variety of products and gardening techniques on display at Home Gardener’s Fair in the city on Thursday. Visitors poured in large numbers on a pleasant Christmas morning, taking a keen interest in gardening products, which include organic farming and special Ikebana plants flown in from different parts of the country. Apart from plants and garden pots, visitors had the luxury of choosing from an assortment of garden props, organic seeds, sprinklers and books.
An initiative by HITEX (Hyderabad), the fair, which is being held from December 25 to 28, aims at educating and equipping an emerging breed of home gardeners who are passionate about enhancing the quality of life, including beginners, home-makers and followers of organic living.
“We have held several exhibitions on a wide range of subjects, but it’s for the first time we are organising a gardening fair. The idea is to encourage people to take up different kinds of indoor farming, such as kitchen gardening, vertical gardening, floriculture, organic garden, etc. The response has been wonderful so far,” shared Latha Reddy, one of the organisers.
There are over 50 stalls at the fair, showcasing different kinds of plants and garden equipment from across the country. The fair covers several aspects of gardening, such as edible gardening, sustainable gardening, organic gardening, indoor gardening, apart from important techniques about soil preparation, composting and species preservation, sensible usage of fertilizers and pesticides, and plant diseases.
“I have always had a keen interest in gardening and this fair offers a fairly wide range of areas from which I can choose. I wish to purchase new additions for my garden,” said an excited Dr Saritha, a visitor at the fair.
Several people browsed through organic products which were available at the fair in order to enhance their organic gardeners. “Organic gardening has been my pet project for some time now. We have a small organic garden in our backyard but it’s not fully complete. So I’m looking out for a few products to expand our garden,” expressed Srija Murthy, a homemaker. The fair turned out to be a pleasant experience for home gardeners. “I’m impressed with the quality of gardening products available at this fair. I’m also looking to purchase a few plants for our garden,” added Satpal Singh, a retired bank manager living in Kondapur.