City to flaunt flowers this weekend

More than 2,500 varieties of flowers will be displayed at the International Flower Show,to be held at Raj Bhavan from January 24-26.

Written by Nitya Kaushik | Mumbai | Published:January 18, 2009 1:14 am

More than 2,500 varieties of flowers will be displayed at the International Flower Show,to be held at Raj Bhavan from January 24-26. Seminars and plant bazaars,complete with expert views and impromptu education sessions,will form part of the show. Entry will be open to all,according to organisers.

“This is the first time we are organising a flower show of international standards in Mumbai and we have invited participation from foreign countries. The show will bring together nearly 5,000 flower farmers and horticulturists,experts,scientists and international traders,” said Avinash Kubal of the Maharashtra Nature Park,Mahim. Kubal is also an honorary joint secretary of the Mumbai Rose Society (MRS),a 40-year-old society promoting ‘rose culture’ in the city. The flower show is a joint effort of MRS and Indo Israeli Agro Industries Chambers.

Kubal said the show is part of the society’s golden jubilee fete. “We are going international to commemorate our 50th flower show. We are bringing together flowers and flowering plants from not just India but parts of the world.”

Besides 300-350 varieties of roses,the prime attraction of the show would be an orchid section,showcasing several varieties of the hardy flower from south-east Asia.

Arshad Bhiwandiwala,honorary secretary of the MNS,said: “We had invited 64 countries to participate in the show,of which many like Singapore,Malaysia,Indonesia,Thailand,Israel and Kenya have agreed to come. Western nations like the US,France,Germany and UK couldn’t participate owing to inclement weather.”

Indian cities like Bhopal,Bangalore,Ootty,Kolkata,Chennai,Jaipur,Vadodara,Pune,Talegaon,Amravati and Hyderabad have also agreed to participate.

Bhiwandiwala said orchids will mostly be flown in from south-east Asia while Kenya and Israel would bring in more varieties of roses. From Kolkata,the show will get a large collection of Dahlia. Besides,25-60 types of carnations,an array of chrysanthemums and about 20-30 ‘annuals’ will be displayed.

Kubal said a four-day bazaar would be held at the Marine lines Chowpatty,where flowering plants and tree saplings will be on sale. A two-day seminar would also be held in Wilson College. “This bazaar would be supervised by experts from agriculture colleges in Dhapoli,Rahuri,and Nagpur who would educate buyers on the spot,” he said.

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