Udupi: The annual Flower Exhibition and horticultural show will be conducted at the Flower Auction center premises Shivalli Doddangudde for three days from January 29 to 31 said K A Vijayakumar joint director of Horticulture Udupi Zilla Panchayat.
He was speaking at a press meet held at his office Shivalli on Wednesday January 27. He said that flower models based on Heart, Boat, Fish too would be displayed. The show will provide a platform for people to display their flower arrangements, bonsai plants, orchids and anthuriums, he said.
As many as 32 flowers including marigold, ‘salvia,’ ‘pinks,’ ‘petunia,’ anthurium, ‘gerbera,’ flocks,’ dalia, ‘gladiola, ‘celosia flower’ sun flower and others will be part of the display. Vegetables grown in pots like ‘Basella rubra’ (spinach) green chilly, cauliflower, beans, tomato, yard long beans, bitter gourd, brinjal, spinach, pumpkin, cabbage will welcome visitors.
To popularise terrace gardens among city dwellers and to encourage them to grow vegetables within the space available in and around the house, the department had arranged for a terrace garden demonstration at the show. Terrace gardening is an ideal way to promote hygienic and nutritive food habits among consumers, he said
There would be competitions in flower arrangement, model, and rangoli. Winners would be honoured and selected models kept for public display. Various government departments will set up stalls disseminating information.
The show would be organised to create awareness on horticulture activities among people, improve public sanitation, processing and value addition of horticultural produce, he said.
Dr R Vishal Deputy Commissioner of Udupi will inaugurate the show. Priyanka Mary Francis CEO of Zilla Panchayat will preside over the function. K Annamalai, SP Udupi, Anthony Mary Emmanuel Joint director of Agriculture department and others will participate, he said.