This year’s Independence Day edition of the internationally famous Lal Bagh Flower Show surprisingly started sans the usual fanfare. There was no pre-event information on the newspapers either. Probably, it was because of the bereavement in the Chief Minister’s family.
Like always, I chose to attend the show on a week day to avoid the crowds during the weekend. When I went to the show on Wednesday, the place was unusually crowded for a weekday. I can well imagine how the weekend would turn out to be.
On the way to the Glass House, the main venue of the show, I noticed this large replica of a peacock decorated with capsicums. The paths around the lawns were dotted with myriad stalls selling all sorts of gardening equipment, seeds, saplings, knick-knacks and varieties of handicrafts.
As I entered the Glass House, my eyes caught sight of a large floral replica of the Parliament House. A few men were still giving finishing touches to the creation. In all probability, the organisers took way too long to decide on the special attraction. A whopping 4 lakh roses are believed to have gone into the creation of the 27-feet-high floral splendour.
Floral models of a wind-mill and a solar-energy powered unit symbolising this year’s theme ‘Green Energy’ not only added to the attraction but also drove home a message very pertinent to the times.
The year also happens to be the birth centenary of the Dr M. H. Marigowda, a former Director of Horticulture of the garden. While outside the Glass House there was a sand-sculpture of Dr Marigowda’s face, the interiors of it had words of wisdom from him pinned up here and there. Plaques with the illustrious horticulturist’s photo were planted in the lawns.
At this edition of the Flower Show, it was the smaller varieties of flowers which hogged the limelight. There were so many varieties and so many colours.
Sadly, the roses and dahlias which are the most photographed flowers were kept far beyond the rope barricades making it virtually impossible to photograph with my wide-angle lens. I must say I felt sad because I couldn’t imagine leaving a flower show without pictures of roses. Thankfully, the adjoining nurseries had a couple of them. I took pictures of those.
The show is on till 18 August 2016.