Chennai: Governor Banwarilal Purohit inaugurated the 123rd edition of the world-famous flower show at Botanical Garden, Udhagamandalam today.
Speaking at the opening, the Governor said, “It is indeed a matter of pride and happiness that the people of Nilgiris district have played host to this flower show for several decades, thus exhibiting their love for nature and their appreciation of beauty.”
“The Government Botanical Garden where the flower show is being held has a sprawling expanse of 22 hectares and attracts around 30 lakh tourists every year. It hosts an enormous collection of over 2,000 species of flora. It was established with seeds and saplings brought from all over the world. The Nilgiris Agri-Horticultural Society and Tremens, in particular, were responsible for initiating the practice of holding the flower show every year during the month of May,” he added.
There are more than 150 varieties of cut flowers, various kinds of tropical and temperate vegetables and tropical and temperate fruits on display here for the flower show. The floral decorations, Indian and Japanese flower arrangements, vegetable carvings, flower rangoli, bonsai are the major attractions. Around 30,000 potted flowering plants have been specially prepared for the five-day flower show this year.
Additional Chief Secretary to Governor R Rajagopal, Agricultural Production Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Principal Secretary and Director of Horticulture and Plantation Crops N Subbaiyan, Nilgiris District Collector J Innocent Divya were among others present.