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May 23, 2009

Flower show begins !!


With various parts of this hill station teeming with tourists and all roads leading to the famed Government Botanical Garden (GBG), the curtain went up on the 113th Ooty flower show on Friday. For the first time, the show is being conducted over three days.

While the venue wore a colourful look, the cynosure of all eyes was a 14 feet high model of Valluvar Kottam made with flowers. An aeroplane made with about 20,000 carnations and a model of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway were among the other major attractions.

A fine collection of top 10 cut flowers displayed on the galleries just beyond the threshold greeted the visitors as they commenced their tour of the venue. Among them were gerbera, gladioli, carnation, anthurium, rose and bird of paradise.

Exhibited alongside were flowers like shampoo ginger, heliconium, baby pine apple, chrysanthemum and lilium.Further down were flowers in pots like salvia, aster, begonia, petunia, dahlia and inca marigold.Among the flowers which caught the eye were dwarf antirrhinum and purple phlox.While filing past the display some of the visitors who came from different parts of the country told ‘The Hindu’ that they were fortunate to see a wide variety of flowers in a picturesque venue. Stating that the weather was also tourist- friendly, they hoped that it will remain dry till the show was over.

MRC band

As usual the renowned band of the Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) enhanced the prestige of the show.A good part of the venue was illuminated.Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugham inaugurated the show.

Among those present were Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathi, Khadi Board Minister K. Ramachandran, Director of Horticulture and Plantation Crops B. Chandra Mohan and Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V. Patil.

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