Orchid expo at Kadri Park from Saturday

Orchid expo at Kadri Park from Saturday

A variety of orchids that will be displayed at the expo at Kadri Park.

Alia Orchid Care will organise a four-day orchid exhibition-cum-sale at Kadri Park Exhibition Ground, from April 13 to 16.

Queenie Lasrado of Alia Orchid Care said that the exhibition aims to showcase the orchid hybrids and species that can be grown successfully in the local temperature. A session on methods of growing orchids will be held from April 14 to 16 at 10.30 am. In addition to training in growing orchids, training on growing anthuriums and adeniums will also be held.

The exhibition aims to encourage organic methods of cultivation and preparing organic nutrients, to protect the ecosystem.

The exhibition will sell various varieties of orchids, dwarf anthuriums, and multi-petal rosy adeniums at low prices. There will be around 5,000 orchids and around 1,000 anthurium plants and about 500 adenium plants at the expo.

Stating that Alia Orchid Care is a registered horticultural firm under the horticulture department of Karnataka since 2013, she said, “We import live plants to Dakshina Kannada since 2016 and obtained plant quarantine license in 2017. We have been importing tissue culture small orchid plants from Thailand and growing them to the flowering stage to make the plants get adapted to the local temperatures.”

Lasrado said the theme of the exhibition is peacock and is decorated using more than 1,200 orchids. Unique designed clay pots, designed by traditional clay potters from Kanyakumari are used for the floral decorations.

The orchid expo will be inaugurated by Rev Dr Leo D’Souza, Scientists and Professor, Laboratory of Applied Biology St Aloysius College.

Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil, Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr Selvamani R, Horticulture department Deputy Director H R Naik, Senior Assistant Directors Janaki V and Joe Pradeep D’Spuza will be the guest of honour.