3-day flower show draws big crowds in Udupi

A three-day flower show, organised by the Horticulture Department, attracted a large number of visitors on the inaugural day in the city on Friday. The show is on at the Flower Auction Site at the Horticulture Department office at Doddanagudde.

A total of 32 varieties of flower species have been showcased. About 10,000 flower plants have been displayed in 5,000 pots. The flower species include Caladiums, yellow  marigolds, French marigold, Petunias, sunflower, Angelonia, Begonia, Celosia plumose, Coleus kong, Impatiens, NG Impatiens, Salvia splendens, Verbena, Vinca, Aster and Zinnia.

The flowers have been neatly arranged in pots. A variety of flowers and vegetable carvings in various shapes have created a lively ambience. Flowers arranged in the form of a fish, a boat, heart and vegetable carvings of ornamental chilli, ornamental onions, and ornamental cucumber, are attracting the visitors in hordes.

Architect Sandhya Yadav, who has  toured all over India with her innovative creative forms of flowers, told Deccan Herald that she has used 4,350 Dutch roses from Ooty to make a boat, a fish and a heart. She has used 3000 roses for a boat and heart while the remaining roses have been used to make a fish. She said she has the experience of making a flower structure of Belur temple and also a huge peacock from flowers.

Sandhya added that she developed interest in making flower structures after her graduation in mechanical engineering. Shivalingappa Badiger from Hubballi has displayed his talent in the form of Rangoli portraits of leaders like former president late APJ Abdul Kalam, Swami Vivekananda, Jnanpeeth laureate Shivaram Karant and former minister V S Acharya.

He said he has already completed 5,000 portraits in his 30 years. He also uses vermiselli (thin wheat rolls) to design the figures. He said he had designed a structure of 5 foot 7 inch model of former president Abdul Kalam using vermiselli in Mysore Dasara.
 The another attraction is the ‘Mantap’ designed using a number of roses and the pseudo stem of banana plantations.

Speaking after inaugurating the flower exhibition, Deputy Commissioner Dr Vishal extensive agriculture and horticulture activities are must for the sustenance of farm activities. This will provided food security and also helps in preventing farmers’ suicide. Diversification of crop, micro irrigation activities and extension activities by the Agriculture, Horticulture and Sericulture Departments will give a new dimension to  food security plans and also help farmers, he added.

Zilla Panchayat CEO Priyanka Mary Francis said terrace garden provides safety and health. If adopted, this will help future generation to indirectly contribute to the food security initiatives.

Superintendent of Police Annamalai said roof garden and other vegetable growths demonstrated in the exhibition gives an idea to  attain self sustainability. The innovative ideas should be incorporated for healthy lifestyle, he observed.

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