17 Apr 2017
The 11th edition of the Thekkady Flower Show is a big draw. The show has been organised by the Kumily grama panchayat in association with the Thekkady Agri-Horticultural Society and Mannaratharayil Gardens.
This time around, the organisers have given due importance to landscaping. The entire area has been designed in a such a way that it gives one the feel of a natural garden. A large number of flower plants from Pune and Bengaluru are on display, said the organisers. There are cultural shows in addition to classes on gardening and seminars on various current issues.
Wildlife photographs by Benny Ajantha and Tomi Neelima exhibited as part of the flower show give the visitors a different experience. Mega shows by professional teams, ganamela, folk arts festival, dance show and ritual art forms are part of the flower show, said Shaji Mannaratharayil, joint general convener.
He said this time the stage has been prepared to provide rain cover and platforms for the visitors to move freely when it rains. There are over 100 commercial stalls in addition to special stalls for medicinal flowers. Though some of the flower plants are not so familiar locally, the traditional flower plants, which are fast disappearing from home gardens, are given importance, he added. As for the climatic conditions, most of the flower plants are suited to the High Range, he said adding that plant varieties like roses are most colourful in the High Range climate. This is why horticulture has an important role here, said T.T. Thomas, general convener.
Gardening could make a refreshing experience for homemakers in addition to an income if done commercially, he said. It is with this aim that classes are organised on the caring of flower plants. Each year the organisers give importance to bring maximum number of plants and the selection is based on the adaptability of the climate and soil conditions of the High Range. A large number of visitors are visiting the flower show. It will conclude on April 23.