Fragrant and colourful orchids

Fragrant and colourful orchids

The second annual orchid show, which was held recently at Lalbagh, displayed different varieties of the flower under one roof. The show had a decent crowd and the visitors were impressed by what they saw. Many of them said that they were awed by the different species.

Shikha S, a first-year degree student, said that the show seemed to have the best offerings. “I didn’t know that orchids were available in so many different sizes and colours. The organisers have done a good job, but I wish they had held it in an outdoor space to do full justice to the concept,” she said.

People like Sindhu Choudhary, another visitor, were surprised to see so many orchids together. “It’s fantastic that they’ve brought everything to one place. Since they had so many different species of the plant, they could’ve separated them, which would’ve made it easier for the visitor,” she said.

Others felt that the show should have more breathing space. “Their presentation is very impressive, but the space is a bit too crowded,” opined Malathi Venkatesh, a resident of Banashankari.

Nonetheless, she was happy to see the variety and hoped that the show would get bigger and better next year. This show, which was also organised keeping hobbyists and aspiring gardeners in mind, sadly lacked individual attention to the displays and plants.
A stall representative, Shahbaaz, opined that the show should include written details to make it more informative for the people.

“The organisers have definitely looked into bettering the show as compared to the last edition, which was also a success. More volunteers should be roped in to answer queries and guide visitors,” Shahbaaz commented.

Apart from Bangaloreans, expats who visited the show were also deeply impressed. Soheail and Farideh from Iran spent a lot of time taking photographs to document their memories of the show.

“My mother is visiting me and Lalbagh was one of the places I wanted to take her. I’m lucky that this show was happening at the same time as my mother will now have many pretty memories to share with my father, who is back home. And since she loves plants, this turned out to be a blessing,” said an excited Soheail.

Tine Vindelov, a visitor from Denmark, who came with a friend, Gagan, said, “The show has something for everyone, which is an important highlight. A bit more lighting of some of the displays on the stage would have made it perfect — but it still shouldn’t be missed.”

Indira Bharadwaj, a member of The Orchid Society of Karnataka, said that the response to the show had been stupendous.

“We didn’t expect so many people to come. The group has done its best to roll the second edition out. We do need more volunteers to help us out with such shows. These plants are delicate and sometimes, people don’t follow instructions of not touching them out of excitement,” she said.

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