Pune: Maharashtra's largest 18th flower show was inaugurated on Thursday at Empress Botanical Garden in the city by Mayor Mukta Tilak. Dilip Jadhav, Director of A-One Biotech, and Dr Krishna Chavan, a new-age landscape artist, were present along with other dignitaries.
“From the past few years, the flower show has been held in Empress Garden, but this year, the show has an independent look and most importantly, I got to see many new varieties of flowers. When we step into nature, the happiness that we receive is supreme and that is why more and more Punekars should come and visit this flower show,” Tilak said.
“I gave the planting material free of cost. Five to six Pune-based nurseries, along with my company, came together and developed this area because ten days ago, this whole area was a dump. We cleaned it in two days," said Dilip Jadhav, Director of A-One Biotech.
"The rarest species that we have today is Adenium. This is yet to be launched in the market. Also, there are Dahlia flowers, which are available only in winter. But the species that we have here bloom throughout the year," he added.
Citizens thronged the place wanting to see a glimpse of some beautiful varieties of flowers. “I have been visiting this show for the last 4 to 5 years. I am very much interested in flower photography. The show is so attractive and I get to see so many unique flowers here. People often complain that there are no botanical gardens in Pune, but I disagree. I suggest them to visit Savitribai Phule Pune University and Bharati Vidyapeeth campuses,” stated Dr Asha Gurjar, a senior citizen.
“My students and I have been exhibiting here for last 15 years. We have put up Japanese flower arrangement. But, the flowers are Indian, they are only arranged in Japanese style. This is called as Ikebana. We never compete, this is just for the display purpose,” said Mona Pingale, an exhibitor.
- The flower show is being held from January 25 to 28.
- Every year, approximately 50,000 people visit the show from all over India including Andhra Pradesh, Bengaluru, Dehradun and other places.
- Apart from floral arrangements, the show will include other attractions like the fresh vegetable, fruits and pickle stalls.