Lal Bagh Flower Show, August 2015

The 202nd flower show recently concluded at Lal Bagh. Can you guess the number of visitors there yesterday, on Independence Day? It was close to 20,000 visitors! It took a while for the local police around to control the traffic and guide the visitors. Luckily I made a visit mid week, quite early in the morning when there were hardly any visitors.

The Theme: Bangalore Palace

Flower shows are organized at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, jointly by Department of Horticulture and Mysore Horticulture Society. Public eagerly await this flower show.
More than 200 varieties of flowers and 20,000 flower pots were used for decoration. This time they created the replica of the Bangalore Palace. The replica covered entirely with roses and leaves. The mega palace, measuring 25-ft wide and 42-ft long, was decorated using 2 lakh Dutch roses. The contrasting color combination made it look strikingly beautiful. When I reached there early in the morning I could see people working hard to give it a fresh look. Old flowers were being replaced with fresh ones. Here are the pics of few people who work hard for putting up such a grand show.

Organic Waste from Flower Show

After the show, nearly 4 lakh dry roses, along with about 100 kg of other dry flowers, twigs, and foliage gathered from around the garden would be assiduously mixed with red soil and earthworms are let into the mixture at the compost units of Lalbagh. What emerges after a few weeks is nearly 500 kg of organic manure.

The Band

There was a band playing the music of patriotic songs. I listened to couple of songs before I moved on to the show. Glad I got the opportunity!

Sand Sculpture of APJ Abdul Kalam

At the entrance there was a portrait of APJ Abdul Kalam. Two sisters from Mysuru’s Sand Museum converted a truckload of sand into this portrait of APJ Abdul Kalam. Times Of India quotes: “We finished it in a day’s time and thought a flower show would be an apt place to pay tribute to the People’s President,” said Gowri MN, who with her sister Neelambika MN tried to immortalize the Missile Man in the sands of time.

Replica of Maharajas

There were five life sized replicas of erstwhile maharajas of the Mysuru dynasty. They were of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar III and IV, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, Maharaja Chamaraja Wadiyar and Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. The statues were made out of Plaster of Paris and other materials.

Finally when I was leaving I could see groups of school children entering the Glass House, the exhibition area. I thanked myself for being early there.

This last pic is for Thursday Challenge: Organised.

Ticket price: Rs. 40
Parking: There is no parking inside or around Lal Bagh. The Shanti Nagar bus depot 500m away has a multi storeyed parking facility. We parked our car there.

Today’s Flowers

Senior Couple Sitting on Bench, Lal Bagh
Sunset in Harangi Backwaters, Coorg

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