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Nature’s carpet:Exhibits in full bloom at the Calicut Flower Show at the Kerala Soaps ground at Gandhi Road in Kozhikode.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup
Nature’s carpet:Exhibits in full bloom at the Calicut Flower Show at the Kerala Soaps ground at Gandhi Road in Kozhikode.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

The 37t{+h}Calicut Flower Show, which was inaugurated on Wednesday, pulled in a sizeable crowd on the first day itself. The event, being organised by the Calicut Agri-Horticultural Society in the Kerala Soaps ground here, sports a wide variety of plants — flowering, non-flowering, medicinal, and vegetable. The visitor is greeted by an array of arrangements using native and foreign flowers. The plants are set in patterns based on colours and textures. Around 30 stalls have been set up by nurseries, governmental, and semi-governmental agencies.

One stall has a wide range of foliage plants, while another specialises in medicinal ones. Flowering plants include euphorbia, anthurium, orchid, bougainvillea, shoe flowers, roses, adenias, chrysanthemum, begonia, vinca, senia, astra, dahlia, hydrangea, daisy, and gardenia. Traditional varieties such as jasmine, oleander, lantana, thechi, pathu mani, and kakkappoo too get their due. A wide range of bonsai and bushy plants such as lavanda are displayed prominently.

The ‘District Agricultural Farm’ of the Kozhikode district panchayat has set up a stall featuring saplings of fruit-bearing trees and vegetables. However, its highlight is the coconut and areca varieties. Kerala Soaps, Farm Information Bureau, Harithanagari project and the directorate of Areca and Spices Development are among the other major agencies to set up stalls.

In connection with the flower show, classes and training programmes will be held at the venue.

Free class on spices cultivation will be held from 10 a.m. on Thursday while the class on medicinal plants and home remedies will be held on 10 a.m. and on 2 p.m. respectively on Friday. A class on floral arrangement will be given at a charge of Rs.50 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, while the class on organic farming, at 2 p.m., will be free. Interested shall register their names on 2366661.

Flower arrangement competitions have been organised at the venue on Thursday. Competition for Japanese-style arrangement will be at 10 a.m. and that for mass arrangement at 11.15 a.m. Dry flower arrangement competition will be at 2 p.m.

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