Udhagamandalam, May 17:
A huge replica of Parliament House, made of coronation flowers, was the main attraction at the 123rd annual flower show at the Government Botanical Garden (GBG) in the town on Friday. Tamil Nadu Governor Panwarilal Purohit inaugurated the 123rd Flower Show at the Ooty Botanical Garden in the Nilgiris District today morning.
Mr Gagansingh Deep Bedi, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture presided over the peacock flower show. Nilgiris district Collector J Innocent Divya welcomed the gathering. Mr Subbaiyan, Director of Horticulture, proposed the vote of thanks.
Over 1.2 lakh of coronation flowers procured from Krishnagiri district and Hosur were used to develop the structure. A huge replica of Parliament House has been made of flowers as a special attraction of the 123rd edition of the annual flower carnival.
With over 30,000 potted flowers, displayed in the GBG besides flower beds with over 5 lakh of flower seedlings of 186 varieties, the garden is all set to witness the annual event. over 30,000 potted, flowering plants will be exhibited to the public during this year’s flower show, with the main viewing gallery already being arranged in preparation for this year’s show.
Moreover, two main exhibits, featuring carnations and other flowers are also being readied and will be on show starting from Friday. The lawns of the botanical garden were readied in expectation of the huge crowds. More than three lakh tourists are expected to visit the Government Botanical Garden during the 5-day flower show.
The 5-day show will conclude on May 21 with distribution of prizes to the best maintained gardens, both private and public by the governor. Though the summer season is expected to bring the usual avalanche of tourists this year to the Nilgiris, hoteliers in the district expect crowds to be fewer in number this year because of the elections as well as due to the fact that the flower show falls during the holy month of Ramadan, meaning far fewer tourists from Kerala will be making their way to the Nilgiris.
Security in Ooty was tightened due to the Governor’s visit and 1100 policemen were deployed on bandobust duty.
A rousing reception was accorded to the Governor on his arrival here.The Governor came to Coimbatore yesterday by flight and took the road to reach Ooty.
Nilgiris district Collector J Innocent Divya received the Governor and presented him a bouquet. District Revenue Officer Selvaraj and Joint Commissioner of Horticulture Sivasubramaniam were also present. The entry fee for the flower show was Rs.50 for adults and Rs.20 for children.