Botanical Garden all set to host 123rd flower show

The final stage preparations for the 123rd flower show in full swing at the Government Botanical Garden in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.

The final stage preparations for the 123rd flower show in full swing at the Government Botanical Garden in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: M_ Sathyamoorthy

Over 1 lakh people expected to visit the show this year

The Horticulture Department is gearing up for the inauguration of the 123rd annual flower show with last-minute preparations under way at the Government Botanical Garden. The show will be held from May 17-21.

The flower show, which is the marquee event of the summer festival in the Nilgiris, is usually preceded by a variety of other events such as the Spices Show, the Rose Show and the Vegetable Show. However, due to the elections this year, only the flower show and the fruit show will be held. The fruit show will take place at Sims Park in Coonoor on May 25 and 26.

Horticulture Department officials said that 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.

“More than 1.5 lakh carnations have specially been brought in to make one of the two main flower exhibits,” an official from the department said. The lawns of the botanical garden are also being readied in expectation of the huge crowds.

Horticulture Department officials said that they expect more than 1 lakh people to visit the flower show this year. 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 Muslim holy month of Ramadan, meaning far fewer tourists from Kerala will be making their way to the Nilgiris.

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