Huge crowds at Empress Garden flower expo

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 25 January 2019

“This show is a platform to promote floriculture and things like fertilisers, tools and seeds required for it. The best part of this flower show is the arrangement, as we try and bring every year different arrangements,” said Suman Kirloskar

PUNE: Empress Buds ‘N Bloom 2019, the Empress Garden Flower Show and Garden Festival organised by the Agri-horticultural Society of Western India, started on January 24 and will continue till January 27.

The flower show, which was inaugurated on January 24 by Shriniwas Patil, former governor of Sikkim, saw groups of school students visiting the show on the first day. The flower show saw arrangements of 1,500 types of flowers. The other major attraction of the show, which grabbed eyeballs of visitors, was Bonsai plant made by Sunita Shirke and Mangala Rao. Ecobana-Japanese flower arrangements by Mona Pingle and Shashi Shetty and designs made by Mehek Foundation were also major attractions at the flower show.

The flower show has around 100 stalls from Pune and across the State, including nurseries, farming equipment, fertilisers, etc. The popularity of this exhibition has increased over the years, as this year the show saw the presence of people from Nashik, Kolhapur, Sangli and Andhra Pradesh. A floral competition was also held where participants from across the State participated. The winners will be declared on the final day.

“This show is a platform to promote floriculture and things like fertilisers, tools and seeds required for it. The best part of this flower show is the arrangement, as we try and bring every year different arrangements,” said Suman Kirloskar, President, Empress Flower Show Commitee.

Ashok Bhujbal of Green Gold Nursery, who has been putting up stalls in this exhibition since last six years, said, “The response to this flower show has been enormous as a lot of people come to visit this show every year.”

He further said, “In past few years, people prefer buying indoor plants and popular air purification plants such as Sansevieria and Spathiphyllum, which are in much demand during the show.”

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