Crowds throng Lalbagh on Day 1

Floral replicas of Mysore Palace and Dasara procession on display

Crowds throng Lalbagh on Day 1

The 10-day long Independence Day flower show began at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens on Friday with scores of people turning up for the floral extravaganza. 

A long queue was witnessed at the park since Friday was a holiday on account of Varamahalakshmi festival and people from all walks of life thronged the park for a glimpse of floral decorations. Security personnel were struggling to regulate visitors and manage parking space.The flower show, the 200th one to be held at Lalbagh, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The chief minister, who is normally late for events, was on time for the inauguration. He entered Lalbagh through the west gate instead of the main gate on Double Road as many supporters and agitators were waiting for him there. 

“More students and homemakers should visit the flower show as they will learn concepts like kitchen gardening, rain water harvesting and environmental pollution can be mitigated,” the chief minister said. He claimed that BBMP was not felling trees across the City, but was only trimming them. He said only 30 per cent of the saplings planted have survived and people should come forward to maintain greenery in the City.

Star attractions

A grand floral replica of Mysore Palace and Dasara procession are the star attractions at the exhibition. Many people were seen taking photographs of the floral art, while some were purchasing flowers and gifting them to their dear ones, who had accompanied them on the day. 

Menakshi, a resident of Jayanagar, who had come with her family to the flower show for the first time, said: “The stalls and display are much more than what was expected. It is a nice concept. I am happy and will surely visit again.”

Praful, a college student, who had come along with his friends, enjoyed the photos displayed at the photo gallery. The gallery, which was set up during the Republic Day flower show this year, has over 200 photographs of eminent people who have visited Lalbagh over the years. 

Ninetyone-year old Dr Seetharamarao Valluri, resident of Indiranagar, who visits the flower show every year with his family, said that the floral display and the variety of flowers was interesting. 

However, some people were unhappy and expected more out of the show. B Hanumaiah, Director of International Flower Auction, Bangalore, said that they could have deployed some staff with badges to help people choose the right variety of flowers.

 He also pointed out that even as the quality of flowers had come down over the years, the rates were high. The cost of manure is also high, he rued. 

Dr K Ramakrishnappa, Horticulture Director, said that there are as many as 75 stalls offering a variety of seeds, saplings, eateries and handicrafts.

 “The number of flowers and flower pots on display have also increased compared to last year. Footfall on the first day seems overwhelming, and all the through show, we expect over four lakh visitors,” he said.

Horticulture Day celebrations and M H Marigowda Foundation Day were also inaugurated on Friday by Transport and district in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy and Horticulture Minister Shamanoor Shivashankarappa.

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