Special Correspondent

Flower show at Government Botanical Garden from May 14

Rose Show will be held at the Government Rose Garden on May 8 and 9

Fruit Show at Sim's Park on May 22 and 23

Udhagamandalam: Efforts are on to make the 2010 flower show at the Government Botanical Garden (GBG) here as attractive as possible.

Stating this to presspersons here on Wednesday, the Director of Horticulture, B. Chandramohan, said that the show would be held from May 14 to 16.

He said that the annual Rose Show would be held at the Government Rose Garden here on May 8 and 9 and the Fruit Show would be held at the Sim's Park in Coonoor on May 22 and 23.

The curtain on the season-related activities organised by the Department of Horticulture would be brought down with a vegetable show at the Nehru Park in Kotagiri on May 29 and 30.

The Nilgiris Collector, Anandrao V. Patil, said that for the first time a spices show would be organised at the Devala Horticulture Farm near Gudalur as part of the Summer Festival.

Adverting to steps being taken to enhance the beauty of the GBG, Mr. Chandramohan said that suitable flower beds are in the process of being developed along the base of some of the rare and beautiful trees.

The heritage structures near the threshold of the GBG would be restored to their original state.

Stating that 15,000 pots are now getting ready to provide a visual treat to the visitors, he said that earlier only about 9,000 pots had been displayed.

A display of bonsai plants would be one of the highlights this year.

On no account would footpath vendors and hawkers be aloud to affect the quality of the show.

Efforts would be made to promote the arboretum being maintained by the Horticulture department near the Ooty Lake.

Earlier, Mr. Chandramohan presided over a meeting of the Nilgiris Flower and Fruit Show Committee. Among those who participated were Mr. Patil, the Superintendent of Police, Kapil Kumar C. Saratkar, the Project Director, Hill Area Development Programme, R.K. Bharathy and the Joint Director of Horticulture C. Isravel.