The flower power

The flower power

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The flower power

Even with dull, grey skies above, Lalbagh is in full bloom with exotic flowers from all around the world. The annual ‘Independence Day Flower Show’ which started on August 7 is still seeing a constant stream of visitors with most of them coming from outside the State. Visitors are thronging the place and taking memories back with them through photographs, especially selfies.

 “It’s my first time here, and it’s just fantastic. I am having a great time. I can see the time and effort the organisers have put in to arrange these flowers,” gushes Lisa, a visitor from Goa.

“Being passionate about gardening, I am trying to gather some tips from here. I have been coming for the flower show every year and it’s getting more and more exotic. This year, I have seen flowers and plants from Holland and China among others. The structures made out of vegetables are also attracting the crowd,” says Suma, a homemaker.

This year’s attraction is a replica of Bangalore Palace, which is made of more than a lakh exotic Dutch roses and quite an appreciative effort in itself. “My friends and I have come from Mysuru to experience the vibrant show. This is our first time and we are really enjoying it. We can see the effort being put in to create something so extensive and exclusive,” says an excited Shruthi, a student from Mysuru. The Glass House itself is exhibiting more than 800 assorted flowers. 

There are many like her. Venugopal, a senior citizen, too had taken the effort to be part of the edition.

   “I am a regular visitor at the flower shows here. It is refreshing to see how every year they have a different concept and theme.”

Though Lalbagh is packed with people from different parts of the country, especially first-time visitors who are appreciating the beauty of this botanical garden and the decoration, there are those who are not very impressed with it. This year’s edition unfortunately did not meet their expectations like the previous years. “It is not as impressive as it used to be in the previous years. It’s raining and looks like even the maintenance has also gone down this year,” says Raghu M, an IT professional and a regular visitor at the flower shows.

Apart from the Bangalore Palace, the flower show is also showcasing the five Maharajas of Mysuru.

It also has a  creatively sculpted sand model of the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, a model of elephant made out of red and yellow capsicums, and musical instruments like the trumpet made with exotic flowers.  

Tara says, “The arrangement and the setting is really beautiful. Since I loved all varieties of flowers here, I don’t mind spending money on them. I love gardening and this passion pulls me to the flower show every year. The effort put in is commendable and it shows. The best part is the greenery around,” she adds.

“It is really beautiful, the most amazing part is they have different concepts every year and they are not repeated. This year, it is good they are   showcasing the royalty and musical instruments that were popular during those days,” shares Shwetha, an IT professional.

However, it’s not a picture-perfect scenario. One can’t help notice the litter left behind by enthusiastic visitors. Refreshment facilities are available for the visitors but not enough trash bins.

Some visitors are seen disposing tetra and chips packets among others carelessly in the garden area.

This clearly is eating into the ‘green’ efforts. The larger question where the garbage from the show is going to be disposed once the show is
over .       

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