Empress Garden set to host flower show from January 11

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Indian Express: Around 2,00,000 flowering plants will be on display at the garden throughout the three days. The highlight this year will be a spectacular display of chrysanthemum.

The 12th edition of the annual flower show at Empress Gardens will take place from January 11-13, the organisers announced at a press conference on Monday.

The flower show, titled Empress Buds N’ Blooms, will feature contests such as rose cultivation, fruits and vegetable growing competition, flower arrangement contests among other events. Around 2,00,000 flowering plants will be on display at the garden throughout the three days. The highlight this year will be a “spectacular display of chrysanthemums”.

In an effort to attract more families, play areas have been built for children apart from the several workshops, seminars and presentations from experts about the flowers on display.

Gardening tips on how to grow the species at home, will also be imparted. Visitors can also enjoy live bands playing and also exhibitions by local artists.

“This is an effort to make the garden more appealing, so that Empress Gardens is also thought of as a place where families and individuals can spend time together,” said Amit Pokarna, a trustee of the Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India (AHSWI), the NGO that maintains the garden and organises the flower show every year.

Highlights of the flower show this year, are flower arrangements by the Ikebana group which form beautiful Japanese garden and flower arrangements and by Mehek, which arranges flowers based on a selected theme every year. The bonsai section will display several samples of dwarf trees and experts will also give tips on how amateur gardeners can grow their own bonsai plants.

“The film Silsila had shown a Dutch garden. We have a section decorated in a similar way. The show will focus on chrysanthemums this year as they are one of the most popular flowers in the gardening community. They are very popular and they come in such exotic colours. A cut chrysanthemum can last for 20 days, compared to roses which last for a few days,” said Suresh Pingale, honorary secretary, AHSWI.

Every year, the flower show at Empress Gardens attract crowds to the tune of 30,000 to 35,000 and this year too, the organisers hope for a positive response.

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