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Flower show begins today

Staff Reporter

It will be on till August 17 at the Lalbagh

— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

READY: Visitors to the Lalbagh on Friday had a pleasant surprise: the garden was being prepared for the Independence Day flower show to begin on Saturday.

Bangalore: More than two lakh roses and other flowers, 400 species of cacti, bonsai plants, vegetable carving… all will be part of the fourth National Flower Show organised as part of Independence Day celebrations by the Department of Horticulture and the Mysore Horticultural Society here. The flower show will be on from August 9 to 17 at Lalbagh.

Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, Horticulture Minister S.K. Bellubbi said the flower show is not restricted to the Glass House alone. A pavilion called Pushpa Vatika has been formed for the purpose near Cacti Garden.

K. Ramakrishnappa, Director of Horticulture, said that entries for various competitions had seen an increase this year. Participants from six States, New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Maharashtra, will exhibit and take part in the various competitions organised as part of the flower show.

At the flower show, information about the cultivation of export-quality fruits, vegetables and flowers would be provided.

The show would lay emphasis on protection of biodiversity and organic cultivation. “We are going to have tableaux depicting the glorious heritage of Hampi. We will also have a floating garden, as part of the attractions,” he said.

To give farmers more information on organic farming, demonstrations and discussions will be held. The deputy directors of the department in the districts had been directed to send farmers to participate in these programmes.

As part of the security arrangement, visitors will not be allowed to bring in bags and eatables into Lalbagh. The authorities have installed CCTV cameras and metal detectors.

“We have also put in place certain restrictions on parking and traffic movement. During the flower show, entry to Lalbagh will be only through the K.H. Road entrance, while the exit will be from the Siddapura Gate. Parking will not be allowed near the main, East and South gates, Dr. M.H. Marigowda Road and T. Mariappa Road till August 17,” the director said.

Another initiative that has been introduced this year is the e-ticket facility. People may buy tickets online by logging onto “ www.lalbagh.org”.

Entrance fee for adults on weekdays is Rs. 30, while on holidays and weekends it is Rs. 40.

For children aged between six and 12, it is Rs. 10. On August 14, entry is free for children.

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