Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: The 38th Flower Show, organised by the Kerala Agri-Horticultural Society and the Kerala Rose Society, will begin here on Friday with a formal inauguration by Minister for Tourism Kodiyeri Balakrishnan at the Observatory Hills.

Mayor C. Jayan Babu who is the chief patron of the event told a press conference here on Wednesday that the 10-day show would feature an array of flowers and plants brought from Bangalore. Government institutions, including the Raj Bhavan, the State Secretariat, Kerala Agricultural University, the Museum, and the Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority, private firms, commercial establishments and individuals will participate in the show.

Mr. Jayan Babu said an aqua show featuring a variety of ornamental fishes would be organised on the premises of the Institution of Engineers’ hall with the help of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, the Fisheries Department and Matsyafed. Visitors can also view different types of floral arrangement at the venue.

Principal advisor to the event Sreenivasan said the event was aimed at increasing public awareness of agri-horticultural activities. He said visitors could buy plants at the show.

M. Nandakumar, Director, Information and Public Relations, said the returns from the sale of tickets would be given to the Kerala Agri-Horticultural Society and the Kerala Rose Society as working capital. He said the aqua show was expected to trigger interest in rearing ornamental fish as a micro-enterprise.

The road in front of the two venues would be illuminated. The ticket rates have been fixed at Rs.20 for adults and Rs.10 for children.

Schoolchildren can avail themselves of concession on tickets. Entry will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.