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Colorful Blooms Adorn Ekamra Kanan In Annual Flower Show


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12 January 2019

Bikash Das


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Bhubaneswar: Beautiful blooms of red, orange, pink, purple, lavender and several other shades adorned Ekamra Kanan as the two-day long State level Annual Flower show kick-started today.

The Regional Plant Resource Centre (RPRC) and Plant Lovers' Association (PLA), Bhubaneswar have been organising a State Level Annual Flower Show in the premise of Botanic Garden of RPRC (Ekamra Kanan) on second Saturday and Sunday of January every year since 2006. This year, the Annual Flower Show has been organised with the support of NALCO and the Directorate of Horticulture, Odisha.

On this occasion, Bijayshree Routray, Minister of Forest & Environment inaugurated a Modem Tissue Culture Laboratory in the premise of RPRC and dedicated this facility to the farmers of Odisha. This state-of-the-art laboratory has an annual production capacity of 5.0 lakh bananas and orchid plants through tissue culture. The Minister also inaugurated a Water Fountain installed in the Botanic Garden of RPRC for the visitors.

Later, the Flower Show was announced open for the public and denizens thronged the place to visit the cut flower section, flower arrangements, floral displays, Bonsai, Rangoli, vegetable carving, Plant Bazaar, Nurseries and exhibition stalls etc. An attractive "Floral Gate" has been set up at the entry point, which has become a major attraction for the visitors. Eight books, booklets and brochures were also released by the RPRC.

A "Plant Bazaar" has been organised at the venue of the show, where ornamental, flowering plants, seeds, seedlings, garden tools and implements, fertilisers, pesticides are being made available to public at a reasonable cost.

Moreover, nurseries and seed firms, exhibition stalls have been opened by the Directorate of Horticulture. A total of 26 nurseries have exhibited ornamental plants for sale in 30 open spaces. This year, a Bonsai section has been introduced and more than 100 miniature plants are on display.

The Plant Lovers' Association also organised a "Garden Competition” in the capital city to encourage the residents for raising gardens and growing plants to add to the beauty of the city. This year, over 70 entries have been received for the competition.

As in the past, about 1,00,000-1,50,000 visitors are expected to visit the Flower Show during these 2-days. Entry to the Botanic Garden is free for these two days and free parking inside the garden is provided for the visitors. The visitors can soak in the ambience created with beautiful landscape, sprawling lawns, greenery, picturesque lake with migratory birds and enjoy the childrens' corner and boating in Ekamra Kanan Lake.

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Bijayshree Routray, Minister, Forest & Environment Dept

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Larisha, Visitor, Bhubaneswar

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Minati Mishra, Visitor, Bhubaneswar

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Ridhi, Visitor, Bhubaneswar