FLORICULTURE: Fest to celebrate bloom boom – Food stalls to add colour to flower show – from Kalimpong with love, a treat for all ages ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
BY RAJEEV RAVIDAS
Kalimpong, Sept. 9: Aroma added to colour is expected to draw more visitors to the bloom fest this time.
So, local delicacies will be an integral part of the second edition of the Kalimpong flower show to be held on the premises of Vrindavan School at 12th Mile early next month. The organisers also plan to host several competitions during the three-day fest from October 8.
Last year, the flower show was hosted by the Kalimpong-based Dansberg Club to celebrate the hill town’s success in the floriculture sector.
“Kalimpong has around 50 flower nurseries and is considered the floriculture hub of the region.
Today it prominently features in the floriculture map of the world,” said Manoj Kumar Pradhan, the co-ordinator of the club.
The event will have a wide variety of flowers like orchids, palms, pines, bromeliads, on display.
“Some of the exhibits will be up for sale. Kalimpong is like a natural green house where different kinds of plants from cactus to pine are grown,” said Pradhan.
According to him, almost 15 per cent of the town’s population is dependent on floriculture.
Over 100 participants including flower nurseries, schools and individuals will take part in the three-day show that will end on October 10.
“We have invited participants from Sikkim and even Calcutta for the event,” said Pradhan.
The organisers have lined up “best flower” and “best flower arrangement” contests for different categories.
“The best participating school will be awarded the Lilawati Pradhan Memorial inter-school flower display trophy,” said the coordinator.
A sit-and-draw competition for students, and a photography and painting exhibition have also been lined up by the organisers.
The food stalls will sell momochas and choila prepared by the local women at the venue, 4km from here.
(a delight for visitors, and an exhibition ‘par excellence’ for all that can excite the talents of the enterprising ?!!)