Floral Red Fort prime attraction at Lalbagh Republic Day show this year

Floral Red Fort prime attraction at  Lalbagh Republic Day show this year

 A floral replica of the Red Fort will be one of the major attractions at this year’s Republic Day Flower Show in Lalbagh starting January 17.

This ‘Red Fort’ will be made of three lakh Dutch roses and is 50 by 40 feet wide and 28 feet tall.
The flower show will be inaugurated on January 17 by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. It will be open to the public from 9 am to 6 pm every day till January 26.

Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, Horticulture Department Director S P Shadakshariswami said apart from the Red Fort, there will also be replicas of the Statue of Liberty and Nyaya Devate (Goddess of Justice).

These replicas made of Plaster of Paris and will be decorated with flowers. The Red Fort will be made entirely of flowers – Dutch roses, Orchids, Alstroemerias – and green foliage. Over 30 workers have worked on these models for over 15 days. Another highlight is a model of the Titanic ship made by the National College students to be displayed at the Bonsai Garden.
Additional Director of Horticulture (Fruits and Floriculture) K M Parashivamurthy added, “To reduce rush at the Glass House, the displays will be distributed across Lalbagh this time. The 60 feet wide and 10 feet tall Vertical Garden with over 5,000 plants will be located near the Double Road entrance. Floral musical instruments such as the piano, harmonium, guitar, tabla and veena will be placed at the Band Stand.

Floral pedestals with over 20,000 pots and 200 varieties of flowers will be displayed around Lalbagh. A photo gallery near the Glass House will display rare photographs of important and famous personalities who visited the Lalbagh in the past, along with persons who contributed to the department.”

Various competitions like essay writing, Ikebana, Indian floral art and vegetable carving will also be conducted.

Security measures

High-definition areal drone cameras will hover above Lalbagh to ensure security at the show. Apart from this, CCTV cameras and hidden cameras will be installed at strategic locations. There will also be door-frame metal detectors and hand-held metal detectors to screen visitors.

Tickets
Tickets can be bought on the spot and online by logging on to www.lalbaghflowershow.in. The online tickets have been introduced for the first time to avoid crowded counters. A printout of the e-tickets or a copy on the mobilephone will have to be produced at the entry gates.

Entry for schoolchildren brought from schools is free from 9 am to 5 pm. Except school vehicles, no vehicles will be allowed inside Lalbagh during the flower show days. Parking is available at the Shantinagar multi-storey building and the BBMP multi-storey building on JC Road.

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