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Republic Day Flower Show 2017 at Glass House, Lalbagh, Bengaluru.

January 18, 2017

Republic Day Flower Show
Organized on teh Birth Centenary of Dr.M.H. Marigowda, Father of Horticulture in Karnataka

205th Flower Show
organized by Department of Horticulture and The Mysore Horticulture Society, Bengaluru.

The Mysore Horticulture Society Lalbagh, Bengaluru, was established in the year 1912 by Sri G. H. Krumbiegel, then Superintendent of Lalbagh Gardens, involving the elites of Bangaluru City and Horticulture enthusiasts of the erstwhile Karnataka. At present, this society has 4,500 life members, who are basically involved in Horticultural activities. The Society’s administration rests with an elected body called the Governing Council which has 22 directors. The Director of Horticulture is the chairman of MHS in ex-officio capacity.

The Department of Horticulture and Mysore Horticulture Society jointly conducts two Horticultural shows every year. Earlier, the shows were called “Summer Show” and “Winter Show”. However, since 1951, these shows are being synchronized with Republic Day and Independence Day. This year the Republic Day Flower Show will be conducted between 20th January and 29th January 2017. Since 1912, 204 Flower Shows have been organized and Jan 2017 show is the 205th Flower Show.

The flower shows of Lalbagh are very popular for their quality and variety. Innumerable varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables are exhibited in these shows. The flower show comprises exhibition of potted plants, cut flowers, Thai Art, Jannur, Ikebana, Indian Floral Art, Bonsai and vegetable carving. The
Garden Competition is conducted among various competitors such as Government establishments like Raj Bhavan, Police Dept. schools and colleges, residential gardens of ministers, etc.

Other enthusiastic participants of the garden competition include PSUs such as BBMP, BDA, private bungalows, IT gardens (mainly of Wipro and infosys), gardens of defence institutions such as A.S.C. Centre, (STS), IAF, Jalahalli, D.R.M.O., M.E.G., C.R.P.F., Yelahanka, Hotels like Leela Palace, The Grand Ashoka, Windsor Manor and Taj West End, Sri Satya Saibaba Ashram, gardens of super speciality hospitals and banks, Berries Group and others also compete with each other in this popular competition.

In recent years, Bengaluru city and its surrounding areas have emerged as ideal locations for the production of export quality flowers, fruits and vegetables. The Lalbagh flower show has been playing a key role in providing publicity to Bengaluru and the State’s floriculture strength and disseminating ‘high-tech’ knowledge related to horticulture.

With horticulture emerging as a major economic sector in the State and its importance significantly growing both in rural and urban areas, the popular flower shows of Lalbagh have been converted into Horticulture shows, wherein the focus is not only on aesthetics but also on dissemination of information on emerging horticulture technologies.

Many Horticultural and allied institutions such as Department of Horticulture, University of Horticultural Sciences, etc. and private organizations like M/s Indo American Hybrid Seeds, M/s Krishnendra Nursery are participating in the flower show.

Other leading players in the field such as Florence Flora, Fruit Land, Eden Lora (Bonsai collections), etc. are also taking part in the show and displaying their precious plant wealth and horticultural inputs.

The Horticultural show of Lalbagh is very popular not only with the citizens of Bengaluru and the State but also outsiders. Tourists from other States and abroad also visit Bengaluru to have a glimpse of the show.

Over the years, the flower shows of Lalbagh have seen a great deal of transformation both in terms of quantity and quality. Participants are giving more emphasis to quality and innovation while showcasing their products, creations and services.

There is a steady increase in the number of participants in the various competitions of the show. The table given below throws light on the number of participants during the last two years.

Dr.M.H Marigowda – Father of Horticulture in Karnataka

Dr. M. H. Marigowda, a visionary who promoted horticulture and heralded its revolution in Karnataka in a colossal way, dedicated his entire life to the cause of Horticulture. He rendered yeoman’s service to the development of horticulture in Karnataka and developed the state into a model state in the field of horticulture in the entire country. He grew as a true friend of farmers and lived as one.

In Karnataka’s history, no match is found to the enormity of the achievements of Dr. M. H. Marigowda in the field of horticulture. He chose the field of horticulture with a desire to work for the betterment of the farmers who are the backbone of our nation. A person of novel thinking and planning, he reaped gold from the barren lands.

Dr. M. H. Marigowda was born on 8 August, 1916 at Maregowdanahall, T. Narasipura taluk, Mysuru distirct. He completed primary and middle school education staying at the house of a relative in Bannur. Later, he did his intermediate education from the the Maharaja’s College, Mysuru. While studying at the Maharaja’s College, he had the privilege to reside at Ramakrishna Math and get acquainted with Rashtrakavi (National Poet) Sri Kuvempu.

He joined Central College, Bengaluru, for graduate education and obtained a BSc degree in Nature Science from the college in 1939. After completing his post graduate degree from Lucknow University, he joined the Department of Horticulture on 10th December 1942 as Assistant Superintendent.

Recognizing his intellect and talent, the Government of Mysuru sent him for higher training and studies to Kew Garden, England and Holland. After acquiring higher knowledge, Dr. M. H. Marigowda pledged to use all his knowledge for the welfare of Indian farmers. Therefore, he decided against settling down in a foreign country.

He went to America and earned his PhD from the prestigious Harvard University. Upon returning to India, he got promoted as the Deputy Superintendent of Horticulture on 9th August 1951. During his service to the department, he developed hundreds of horticultural nurseries and farms, inoduced new varieties of horticulture crops, changed the perception of public about horticulture and brought a new hope to the lives of farmers. Under his stewardship, Karnataka crossed new milestones in the production of horticulture crops.

When Dr. M. H. Marigowda, joined office in 1951, the state had only two horticultural farms. At the time of his retirement in 1974 (after 23 years of his service at the Department), the number of horticulture farms and nurseries had risen to 394 and the area of horticulture farms from around 100 acres to around 18,000 acres. To his credit, he also expanded the area of Lalbagh from 140 acres to 240 acres.

Dr. M. H. Marigowda established the Nurserymen Co-operative Society, to meet the garden related needs of urbanites, and HOPCOMS for providing scientific market to the horticultural crops grown by the State’s farmers. Similarly, he built a memorial hall to encourage the activities of the Mysore Horticultural Society.

As a result of all his tireless efforts, many prestigious horticulture service organizations were established in Karnataka. His burning desire of making Karnataka a model horticulture state in the country was fulfilled much before his retirement. As a result of his extraordinary vision, adventure and persistence, the Horticulture Department of Karnataka is today among the select group of government bodies that are rendering distininguished service to the farming community.

Dr. M. H. Marigowda, who was known as a ‘living legend’ during his lifetime, is considered as the ‘Father of Horticulture’ in Karnataka. As recognition of his priceless service to the horticultural sector, he was honoured by the Government of Karnataka with the prestigious ‘Thotagarige Ratna’ (Horticulture Gem) award in 1993.

Dr. M. H. Marigowda, who dedicated his life for a noble and worthy cause left for his heavenly abode in 1993. Dr. M. H. Marigowda is not with us today physically. However, his legacy will live on forever.

Special attractions of the show

Tribute to Dr. M. H. Marigowda, Father of Horticulture in Karnataka
Dr. M. H. Marigowda, who spearheaded the horticulture revolution in Karnataka, made a positive impact on the lives of tens and thousands of farmers by introducing them to horticulture. A bust of Dr. M. H. Marigowda will be placed at the entrance of the Glasshouse and floral tributes will be paid. Depiction of horticultural crops introduced by Dr. M. H. Marigowda and floral arrangements will be exhibited in a distinct way around the bust.

An Exposition of Dr. M. H. Marigowda’s Achievements and Quotes
Inside the Glasshouse, details of contributions made by Dr. M. H. Marigowda to the development of horticulture and his famous quotes on farmers and the agricultural sector will be showcased.

Gol Gumbaz in Bengaluru!
Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur district of Karnataka, built by Adil Shah, erstwhile king of Bijapur is the largest dome in India. It is an architectural wonder, as it stands unsupported by pillars. The most remarkable feature of Gol Gumbaz is its acoustical system. Even the faintest whisper around the dome echoes several times. The structure is composed of a cube 47.5 metres (156 ft) on each side, capped by a dome 44 m (144 ft) in external diameter. Eight intersecting arches created by two rotated squares that create interlocking pendentives support the dome. This monument is a testimony to the skill and technology of the bygone era.

A floral replica of Gol Gumbaz will be the special attraction of the Republic Day Flower Show this year. The replica will be created with 4 walls of 35 feet width on all 4 sides with a height of 30 feet, along with a beautiful park in the front. Bedecked with an approximate no. of 4 lakh Red, White, Pink and Yellow roses this floral replica of the Gol Gumbaz will surely be loved by all connoisseurs of floral art.

Cymbidium Orchids from Sikkim Cymbidium or boat Orchid is a genus of 52 ever green species in the Orchid family and distributed in tropical and sub-tropical Asia. Cymbidium plants are sympodial and grow to a height of 60 cm and the racemes as high as 90 cm.

Normally they are grown at a height of more than 5,000 ft. above the sea level. In India, Sikkim and Darjeeling states have imported these flowers from Australia and Holland and have grown them beautifully. Now, for the first time in the history of Lalbagh, the city’s flower lovers will get an opportunity to see the Cymbidium flowers during the Republic Day flower show. More than 250 Cymbidium orchids will be displayed on the specially designed Bamboo supports.

Vertical Garden House
In recent times, vertical gardens are gaining popularity in Bengaluru and other towns. Bhagylakshmi Farm and Nursery, a reputed floral company in Bengaluru, will be displaying a mammoth vertical garden created at a cost of Rs. 45 lakh during the show. The garden will be built over an area of 1,750 sq ft using 35,000 flowers of different colours and leaf variety plants. It will come up on the left side of the Glasshouse premises and will be in the size of 37 ft length, 15 ft width and 12 ft height. This vertical garden, a maiden effort and a first-of-its kind venture in South India will surely attract the visitors.

Butterflies Bay to fly in Flowers
The Republic Day Flower Show 2017 will also feature replicas of colourful butterflies created using rose, chrysanthemum, orchids, carnation, etc. These will be displayed on the right side of the Glasshouse and are sponsored by Silk Mark, an initiative of Central Silk Board.

Rare flowers of Cold Region
Flowers grown in different regions such as temperate, topical and arctic regions have their own distinct features. Among them, cold climate flowers look stunningly beautiful. During this show, visitors will have an opportunity to see many cold climate flowers such as Begonia, Impatiens, Azalea, Fuchsia, etc. They will be displayed by the Fernhill Gardens’, Ooty, at a corner of the Glasshouse.

Dr. M. H. Marigowda Birth Centenary Show This year’s flower show is being held as a commemorative show on the occasion of birth centenary year of Dr. M. H. Marigowda, the doyen of horticulture in Karnataka.

American Hybrid Company’s special floral arrangement
Like every year, this year too American Hybrid Company will enthral the visitors with their spectacular flora arrangement.

Misting arrangement made to keep the Glasshouse cool will give a pleasant experience to the visitors.

Colourful Chrysanthemum flowers to hog limelight
Arrangement of attractive chrysanthemum flowers from various parts of the country and abroad by Sri Bhaskar Reddy, florist and Chrysanthemum expert, is expected to lend an extra charm to the Glasshouse.

Special floral arrangement by Indo-American Hybrid Seeds
Dr. Manmohan Attavar, founder of Indo-American Hybrids, a nationally renowned company and Smt. Rashm Attavar, Head of Indo-American Hybrids, will showcase Tub Concept, an arrangement of Orchid flowers involving several novel flora models, Anthrurium, Impatiens, arrangement of rare species of plants, etc.

Installation of Foggers to keep the Glasshouse Cool
Flower shows are organized in the Lalbagh Glasshouse every year. The dust raised by circulation of the crowd not only makes the flowers look dull but also makes it uncomfortable for the visitors. The flowers in the Glasshouse begin to wither quickly especially during the summer due to high temperature. Hence, a mist system backed by Israel technology has been installed to keep the glasshouse cool and provide a pleasant experience to people of all ages visiting the glasshouse.

Spectacular Display of New Flowers Only flowers can match the beauty of flowers. There is not a mind, which is not mesmerized by their splendid beauty. Beautiful flowers take the level of appreciation in the mind of the viewer to a new level. Therefore, we are bringing several beautiful new flowers to this year’s show.

Cymbidium Orchids, Hawaiian Hibiscus, Dwarf Asiatic Lily, attractive Miniature Poinsettia flowers, Fragrant Thai Jasmine, Deep Blue Octanthus, Light Red Loropetalum, Calibrachoa, etc., are some of the flowers that are on display at this year’s show. In addition, there will be foliage plants to offer an exquisite feast for the eyes of the visitors.

Diverse Floral Pots Display
In addition to attractive and huge floral themes, a wide range of pots with flowers grown in tropical, subtropical and temperate climate will be displayed. Important flowers among these include Orchids, Anthurium, Rose, Poinsettias, Pentas carnea, Gerbera, Carnations, Helichrysum, Fussia, Tuberous rooted begonia, Begonia, Impatiens, Geraniums, Hydrangeas and other rare varieties.

Nurserymen Cooperative Society
The exhibition of several attractive flowers and plants in the Glasshouse corner will give a new experience to the visitors during the show.

Colourful Display of Perennial Flowers
Prestigious public sector organizations and Government bodies such as HAL, BDA, BBMP, etc., and several private organizations will showcase colorful pot-grown perennial flowers during the show.

Band music for flag off Event
The flagging off of the main event will be accompanied by background music performed by renowned bands, i.e., bands from Border Security Music and Madras Engineering Group. These bands, along with KSRP band will enthrall the visitors on the other days of the show as well.

Flower Pyramids
Out of the four corners inside the Glasshouse, flower arrangements will be made in three corners, by Lalbagh Botanical Garden, BNCS, Ooty Fernhill Gardens & Cymbidium orchids.

Special features outside Glasshouse
In addition to Glasshouse, the show will feature several other attractions to de-congest the visitors at Rose Garden.

Meeting the nursery needs of plant lovers
The show features hundreds of technical stalls and specialized nurseries where plant lovers can purchase their requirements of manure, seeds, pesticides, plants, pots and other materials.

Mega-Floral Flow:
Huge floral cascades will be created using gorgeous Petonia flowers on the lawns outside the Glasshouse. They are expected to be among the major attractions of the show.

Floral Peacock (India’s National Bird):
A floral peacock created from beautiful flowers is among the fascinating features of the show.

An exclusive stall on Dr. M. H. Marigowda:
The Department of Horticulture is setting up an attractive and huge stall near the Bonsai Circle to showcase the life of Dr. M. H. Marigowda. The stall will shed light on the life and achievements of Dr. M. H. Marigowda as well as special programmes of the Dept. of Horticulture.

Band Stand Programmes
Various cultural programmes by renowned artists will be held by the Dept. of Kannada and Culture on all the days of the show.

Security Measures
This year special security measures have initiated. Security equipment such as Door Frame Metal Detectors, Hand Held Metal Detectors and CCTV Cameras will be installed at all important spots includint entry points and other selected areas of Lalbagh. An exclusive fire brigade unit and an ambulance wiht paramedical staff will be stationed near the Glass House and other gates of Lalbagh during the show days as a precautionary measure.

Facilities and guidlies for public
Lalbagh is a world-renowned botanical garden. We request the public/visitors to join hands with us to protect and conserve Lalbagh.

1. Vehicle Entry and Parking
• Public vehicles are not allowed inside Lalbagh during the show.
• Only school buses & vehicles are allowed through Double Road entrance, which can be parked near Dr. M.H. Marigowda Memorial Hall
• Visitors to the show are requested to park their vehicles at the multi-storey car park (parking building) at Shantinagar Bus Stand complex.
• Visitors coming from J.C. Road can park their vehicles at the B.B.M.P. multi-storey car park (near Mayura Restaurant), J.C. Road.
• Parking facility for two wheelers has been arranged at ‘Al-Ameen’ College grounds located between Lalbagh Main Gate and Double Road Entrance.

2. Cloak Room Facility
• Cloak room facility will be available at all the four entrances.
• Visitors are requested to avoid wearing jewellery or carry valuables, during their visit to the show.
• Keep your luggage in the cloakrooms located near the entrance
• Carrying bags and luggage inside Lalbagh is prohibited. However, cameras & mobiles are allowed.

3. Mobiles & cameras are allowed.
4. Unauthorized hawking is strictly prohibited inside the Lalbagh premises.
5. Plastic usage is strictly prohibited inside Lalbagh.
6. Special entry for school students
• Free entry for school students on 20, 23, 24, 25 and 27 January, 2017 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm,
• School students are requested not to plan their visit to the show on holidays/Saturdays/Sundays.
7. Food Court Facility
• No food court facility is allowed inside Lalbagh during the show.
• Arrangements have been made to sell the following food items and beverages at HOPCOMS stall, inside Lalbagh at strategic points.
a) Fruit Salad b) Dry Fruits C) Grape Juice d) Drinking water
8. An appeal is made to all visitors, shopkeepers and those manning the stalls that are part of the show to extend their full cooperation to make Lalbagh a plastic-free zone. Any shops and sellers who are found using plastic will be penalized. Wet and dry dust bins will be placed at appropriate places. Beautiful Bengaluru is assisting us in a unique way by deputing more than 40 volunteers to keep Lalbagh free from plastic.
Special Concession:
With a view to inspire children and kindle their interest in horticulture, all school children will be allowed “FREE OF CHARGE” on 21st, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 27th and 28th January betwrrn 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM
General information and instructions to the visitors
1. Visitors are requested not to bring any food packets and not to litter inside Lalbagh. Garbage bins have been placed at all strategic points and public are requested to drop their waste in these bins only.
2. Entry tickets will be sold at all entry points from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm.
3. Sale of tickets will close at 6.00 pm.
4. Entry to Glasshouse will close at 6.30 pm.
5. Cameras and other electronic goods will be screened as a security measure, at the entry points. Visitors are requested to co-operate.
6. All walkers are requested to park their vehicles during the show period ( from 20-01-2017 to 29-01-2017) outside Lalbagh. Please note that vehilce parking will not be allowed near Double Road Gate inner parking area and at the main entrance.
7. For security reasons all visitors will be screened at entry points. Visitors are requested to co-operate.
8. At all entrances of the Glass House, close circuit cameras are placed at strategic points, as a security measure.
9. Extra police, home guards and internal security guards will be deployed as additional security measure.
10. Any suspicious person will be questioned and examined.
11. Visitors are requested to purchase plants, seeds, seedlings, etc. from the outdoor stalls put up near the Horticultural Information Centre.
Flower Show – Entrance Fee
from 20-01-2017 to 29-01-2017
Entry Fee / Person
during normal days 20,23,24,25 and 27th January 2017
Rs.50/- for Adults
Rs.20/- for Children

Holidays and a day before holidays21, 22, 26, 28 and 29th January 2017
Rs.60/- for Adults
Rs20/- for Children

#RepublicDay #FlowerShow from 20th to 29th January 2017



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