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Winter blooms offer a rare visual treat

Coiled wonder!: Schoolchildren admire a flower arrangement at the VUDA Park in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. —

Coiled wonder!: Schoolchildren admire a flower arrangement at the VUDA Park in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.R. Deepak

Staff Reporter

The three-day flower show that began at VUDA Park has the best ones on display



Bonsai section has over 40 varieties of exotic plants

Special flower arrangements enthral visitors



VISAKHAPATNAM: A grand colourful symphony of visual delight awaits everyone at the flower show organised by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority at VUDA Park.

The three-day event was inaugurated by Minister for Commercial Taxes Konathala Ramakrishna on Saturday morning.

The visitors at the flower show were treated to a blooming mass of colours – greens, scarlets, pink and violets, and a host of hybrid colours that mesmerised one and all.

Huge balls of bright carnations greet the visitors at the entrance. Uninterrupted rows of bright flowers bursting with vigour are lined up in the hall, and beyond them are stretches of manicured greens.

The bonsai section includes more than 40 varieties of exotic plants.

Meticulous selection

“This time, the number of exhibits is much higher than last year. Selection was done meticulously to ensure that only the rare and best ones are placed on display,” said M. Sridevi, a member of the Vizag Bonsai Association.

The collections include dwarfed varieties of Ficus family, Citrus, Banyan, Guava, Grape, Ashoka, Neem, Mango, Gulmohar and clusters of bougainvillea in full bloom on minuscule trees.

Among the exhibits are plants with curving trunk with primary branches in the outer, upright or leaning trunk, the cascading style with the tree drooping down to almost 45 degrees, multiple trunk where sprouts spring from the same base or the rock clinging style where the tree-plant combo clings to a rock creating an island or a mountain.

Special types of flower arrangements like Ikebana enthralled the visitors. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

In the ancient religious ceremonies of Shintoism and Buddhism, the entire living plant with roots, foliage and blossoms were offered to god.

Theme

The Japanese believe that Ikebana is one of the techniques that restore inner harmony, thus giving it both therapeutic and meditative qualities.

One of the main features of this form of arrangement is minimalism and it often emphasises other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis towards shape, line and form

“In this type of arrangement, through flowers a certain theme or concept is conveyed. The theme of the decoration for the flower show was Sankranti,” said Shashi Kola of the Ohara School of Ikebana in Hyderabad. Some of the arrangements include the freestyle, rising and inclining types. Bird of Paradise, Heliconia, carnations, anthurium, zerbera, Asiatic lily and roses gladioli were the exotic varieties of flowers used in the arrangements.

Cultural show

The cultural show was inaugurated by renowned actor, writer and critic Gollapudi Maruti Rao.

Among the other highlights, a pet show will be organised on Sunday from 2 p.m.

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