A grand show of flowers ‘Mahabaleshwar Flower Festival’ has been organized by Vaikunth Piramal at Piramal realty, Balkum where people can see 1 million flowers of different species & 18 differently themed gardens.
At least five lakh visitors thronged the venue. Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, wife of the scion of Wadiyar dynasty late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar inaugurated the 202nd show.
“The five Mysore Maharajas were also done up in flowers with boards installed that speak of their contributions. A photo gallery ‘Raja Darshana’ brought in rare collections from the Royal family’s album of memories. The show also displayed information on Lalbagh’s 2,200 native species of fruit and flower-bearing trees displayed at the Glass House.
With nearly 1.2 crore expenditure earmarked for the show, the department officials marked a Rs. 50 lakh profit this year as nearly 5 lakh visitors flocked the event. Disseminating information on emerging horticulture technologies, nearly 250 farmers across the State displayed rare and unique farm produce.
Lalbagh itself showcased ‘easy terrace garden vegetable growing’ for people to know.
• This years main attraction was the replica of the Bangalore Palace created using 200,000 Dutch roses, apart from the 5 Maharajas of Mysuru made using flowers.
• The Glass House hosted nearly 800 aesthetic exhibits.
• Nearly 250 farmers across the State displayed rare and unique farm produce to demonstrate the emerging horticulture technologies.
Approximately Rs 1.2 crore ($200,000) was spent on this edition of the flower show.
We can have differences in Food, Living standards, religions, geographically differences, and we may be different at all from the other ones, but we will have the one thing same, this is the New Year, which is the same for one who lives in America, and the same for, who lives in Africa. This celebration is blossoming for everyone, as this year comes with the message of peace, harmony, and love. New Year comes with spiritual and physical rebirth of the personalities, and this is an event, which helps us to point out deficiencies for the previous year and to overcome for the present year. New year has the different celebrations for the different years, this is the year, and this is always one of the best things available . New year celebrations have different meaning for every country and nations. Here are some of the countries, which give the name of new Year with their symbol.
- Firstly, we will discuss about the New Year’s symbol for the United States, it is called as a New Year’s baby, this is a traditional word which was brought to America by the Greeks with side trip through Germany. Early Christians denied to use of the baby for the new year, but later, Christians were convinced to add their approval for the baby, and of course, it took many centuries to encompass the thought of a cute baby, and that was a good deal of time, and still it is known as a new birth of baby.
- In Russia, Children enjoy this event excitedly; children can visit the New Year’s tree at the Kremlin Palace of congresses, this is a fir tree, which is surrounded by the untold number of bright lights. Children attend the fairy tale play and they can highlight their whole day, in this way, this is always one of the best things available for them.
- Let us comes towards the West Bengal, where this year is celebrated with a different style.People wear the flowers to celebrate this event, people use the pink, white, and red, purple, or white flowers. These are different colors, which are present, represent that, you love this earth, and it is a place of love, affection, and hardworking. People also use the different clothing combinations to enjoy this event. People float orange colored flowers in the central India. In Gujrat, the New Years celebrations take place in the mid of October, and this is celebrated with Diwali, another Indian festival. Small oil lights are lit on the rooftops.
- New Year in the Vietnam is called Tet Nguyen, this celebration lasts from January 21st to February 19th, and people can enjoy the best discounts on the products. Vietnamese believes that, it is good to stay in homes during these days, and they enjoy these days tremendously.
- In China, New Year is long awaited because their religious activities are happened every year. On this arrival of new year, envelop called Hang Bao or red pockets; these are received by the small children from the married couples a symbol of good luck, wishes of spending a happy life in future, and a reflection of harmony.
Flower Auction in Holland
The Netherlands became the birthplace of the floriculture sector more than a century ago. In recent years, however, horticultural production has been increasing outside of Europe. It’s a trend that will continue in the coming years. The horticultural world is becoming increasingly internationalized, digitized and virtualized.
Co-operation between all these parties is the powerful instrument that makes the competitive position of the Dutch horticultural industry unique. It makes Flora Holland the gateway to international trade.
The most beautiful ideas flourish with sound knowledge.One seed out of the ground, comes to realization on the web.The better you sow, the better the harvest.
Core values of Flora-Holland
Flora-Holland as a Trading platform
Green-ports in Netherlands
Collaboration is also evident in the various Green-ports. They are horticultural locations of national importance. All links and support companies together form a strong cluster. The Netherlands has five Green-ports, in which all parties are represented. Green-ports are excellent platforms to conduct joint initiatives and to lobby. For example, for better accessibility and more space.
Flora Holland stimulates the innovative entrepreneurship of its members by sponsoring Tuinbouw
Ondernemersprijs and the Glass Tulip. These prestigious awards are presented for horticultural entrepreneurship and best market introduction of the year respectively. In addition, the public can enjoy every year the floral splendour of various flower parades and annual exhibitions.
The Hong Kong Flower Show 2014 organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department was held between 7 and 16 March at Victoria Park. The show attracted 550 000 visitors.
Other main attractions include a mosaiculture display entitled “My Home Among the Corals”, showcasing marine creatures living in the coral reefs; Brand Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Velodrome floral walls; spectacular displays from the Mainland; and interactive photo-taking booths.
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Keukenhof – Garden of Europe
Keukenhof (“Kitchen garden”, Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkøːkə(n)ˌɦɔf]), also known as the Garden of Europe, is the world’s largest flower garden. It is situated near Lisse, the Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares.
Gardens of Keukenhof
Opening times of Keukenhof
Other information and Guided Tours to the Garden of Keukenhof
Cycling, boat trips, guided tours
Coffee, lunch, dinner
A school trip to Keukenhof!!
Belgium Flower Carpet
Every two years since the 1970s, gardeners and volunteers in Belgium have merged the decorative arts and grand, historic architecture by squishing together hundreds of thousands of begonia flowers to make a “live” rug in the middle of Brussels’ Grand-Place, the city’s central plaza.
Officially, the first Floral Carpet as its present-day form was created in 1971 on the Grand-Place by the landscape architect E. Stautemans, but, in fact, it was the culmination of a whole series created in various towns in Flanders.
E. Stautemans, who was born in Zottegem, and graduated from the Ghent Horticultural College, had been experimenting since the early 50′s making simple small carpets, more like rugs, mainly consisting of begonias (in Knokke, Oudenaarde, Sint-Niklaas, Lille…).
He very quickly realised that floral carpets would be an excellent vehicle for the promotion of his beloved begonias which he had always worked with, both technically, economically and aesthetically.
After years of attempts and calculations, this architect, who was inventive and imaginative, and knew how to make the most of the numerous resources of begonias, became an expert in the creation of superb floral carpets with sophisticated colors and complicated designs.
His fame spread and he was asked to make carpets not only in Belgium (Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Ypres, Courtrai, Hasselt, Tongres, Mons, Durbuy, …) but worldwide (Cologne, Hamburg, Luxemburg, Paris, London, Breda, Amsterdam, The Hague, Vienna, Valencia, and as far afield as Buenos Aires and Colombus, Ohio).
Some of these carpets were bigger than the ones created in Brussels (77 x 24 m), like the 1973 masterpiece at Sint-Pietersplein, Ghent that reached a gigantic 164 x 42 m.
However, as E. Stautemas himself says, “Nowhere is the carpet more beautiful and distinguished than in the unique, ancient surroundings of the Grand-Place in Brussels”
Planning for the Flower Carpet Festival begins a year out, but thanks to hundreds of volunteers, the actual laying down of the carpet—with each flower placed by hand—takes only about four hours. So how many begonias are there? Well, to keep the carpet from scattering away with the wind, each bloom is packed in snugly, with about 300 begonias per square meter—so that’s about 750,000 flowers for the whole rug. It all started with a landscape architect (and veritable begonia devout) in 1971, and ultimately grew into a traveling exhibition; flower carpets have been rolled out in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Buenos Aires. Above: 2010’s carpet, meant to honor the appointment of a Belgian, Herman Van Rompuy, as president of the European Union’s European Council. The EU logo is visible in the middle, and in the carpet’s corners are images of Saint Michael striking down a dragon, apparently a symbol of Belgian strength and protection.
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Images of Belgium Flower Carpet
Flora and Fauna
Sikkim is situated in an ecological hotspot of the lower Himalayas, one of only three among the ecoregions of India. The forested regions of the state exhibit a diverse range of fauna and flora. Owing to its altitudinal gradation, the state has a wide variety of plants, from tropical species to temperate, alpine and tundra ones, and is perhaps one of the few regions to exhibit such a diversity within such a small area. Nearly 81% of the area of Sikkim comes under the administration of its forest department.
Sikkim is home to around 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 rare orchids, 60 primula species, 36 rhododendron species, 11 oak varieties, 23 bamboo varieties, 16 conifer species, 362 types of ferns and ferns allies, 8 tree ferns, and over 424 medicinal plants. A variant of the Poinsettia, locally known as “Christmas Flower”, can be found in abundance in the mountainous state. The orchid Dendrobium nobile is the official flower of Sikkim, while the rhododendron is the state tree.
Orchids, figs, laurel, bananas, sal trees and bamboo grow in the Himalayan subtropical broadleaf forests of the lower altitudes of Sikkim. In the temperate elevations above 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) there are Eastern Himalayan broadleaf forests, where oaks, chestnuts, maples, birches, alders, and magnolias grow in large numbers, as well as Himalayan subtropical pine forests, dominated by Chir pine. Alpine-type vegetation is typically found between an altitude of 3,500 to 5,000 metres (11,500 to 16,000 ft). In lower elevations are found juniper, pine, firs, cypresses and rhododendrons from the Eastern Himalayan subalpine conifer forests. Higher up are Eastern Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows, home to a broad variety of rhododendrons and wildflowers.
The red panda is the state animal of Sikkim.The fauna of Sikkim include the snow leopard, the musk deer, the Himalayan Tahr, the red panda, the Himalayan marmot, the serow, the goral, the barking deer, the common langur, the Himalayan Black Bear, the clouded leopard, the Marbled Cat, the leopard cat, the wild dog, the Tibetan wolf, the hog badger, the binturong, the jungle cat and the civet cat. Among the animals more commonly found in the alpine zone are yaks, mainly reared for their milk, meat, and as a beast of burden.
The avifauna of Sikkim include of the Impeyan pheasant, the crimson horned pheasant, the snow partridge, the snow cock, the lammergeyer and griffon vultures, as well as golden eagles, quail, plovers, woodcock, sandpipers, pigeons, Old World flycatchers, babblers and robins. Sikkim has more than 550 species of birds, some of which have been declared endangered.
Sikkim also has a rich diversity of arthropods, many of which remain unstudied; the most studied Sikkimese arthropods are butterflies. Of the approximately 1,438 butterfly species found in the Indian subcontinent, 695 have been recorded in Sikkim. These include the endangered Kaiser-i-hind, the Yellow Gorgon and the Bhutan Glory.
The Government of Sikkim has decided to organize the 2nd International Flower show from 23-27 February 2013. The Horticulture & Cash Crops Development Department will be the Nodal Department for organizing the event.
The main objectives of organizing Sikkim International Flower Show 2013 are:-
To showcase the floral potential of Sikkim.
To promote Floriculture Industry in Sikkim.
To provide Flower growers of Sikkim an International Exposition for understanding the Global trend of Floriculture Development and Flori-business.
To keep pace with the advancement of World Floriculture.
To highlight Sikkim as a Floriculture State / destination.
To promote Tourism in Sikkim.
Different species of flowers such as Cymbidium Orchids, Roses, Zentedeschia, Lilium, Gerbera, Seasonal Flowers viz. Ceneraria, Petunia, Flux, Primula, Calendula etc. will be displayed on benches and in gardens as potted plants or live plants.
Different vegetables potted plants as well as harvested crop will be displayed.
Spices crops like Large Cardamom (Cardamomum Subulatum) which is the native crop of Sikkim will be displayed as live plants and harvested capsules. Ginger and turmeric, which are also important cash crops of the states, will be displayed as harvested fresh rhizomes.
ROOT AND TUBER
Crops like yam, cassava, potato, sweet potatoes are being grown by the small and marginal farmers of the state for their consumption as sometimes as staple food and also as snacks. The root and tuber of these crops will be displayed during the event.
TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, & ORGANIC INPUTS
The firms and companies dealing with important tools and equipment used in Agricultural purposes will be invited for displayed in the stall provided to them. Similarly, organic manure and bio-pesticides available in the country and as well as in the international market will also be displayed.
BAMBOOS & MUSHROOMS
It is proposed to display a set of live species of bamboos during the event. Fruiting mushroom blocks of different species will also be kept for display.
In order to benefit the farmers and visitors, the organizing committee has decided to distribute package of practices of different crops as leaflets and pamphlets during the entire show.
The 1st International FloriShow 2008 saw more than 1 Lakh visitors attending to see the floriculture potential of the state. The event was participated by 22 International Companies, 65 National private companies and 15 State Government Agencies. International FloriShow 2008 was considered as a herculean step in the showcase of Floriculture development in the country. In this retrospect, the 2nd International Flower Show 2013 has an enormous probability of attracting approximately 2 Lakhs visitors from all over the state, neighboring states and other countries as well. The targeted audience include guest officers of the State and Central Government, farmers from within and outside the state, students from school and colleges, local gentries, and tourists.
Source: Sikkim International Flower Show
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