Govind D. Belgaumkar
It will continue for the next 15 days
It features 11,000 flower plants
It also have on display 500 medicinal plants
MANGALORE: If you wonder what a flower show has got to do with fish, kites, stars and houses, you could visit Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, a botanical and biological park within the next 15 days.
Beginning from Friday, the flower show has thousands of flower and medicinal plants arranged beautifully in the shapes of fish, kites, stars and houses.
You also have marigold and petunia plants arranged in the shape of a heart and an arrow; and xenias and phlox, a butterfly with gerberas, chrysanthemums and petunias which together make an umbrella you would love to have in front of your house.
Flowers of varied hues are also arranged in the shape of a house, “namaskara mudra” (Indian style of greeting) and a sea wave. You have some undefined shapes too. At the centre of all this is a dome which you can recognise even from a distance.
A row of red salvia (dwarfs) invites you at the entrance of the exhibition area. Inside you could find a blue variety of the flower. If you are lucky, you will be able to see a few varities of lotuses in a pond which is surrounded by several flower plants. You could see a beautiful layer of amaranths around a champak tree.
You also have an exhibition of a variety of vegetables complete with the plants in huge pots. Director of the dhama J.R. Lobo says this has been organised to enlighten people how vegetables can be grown in pots if they do not have adequate space around their houses.
In a corner you have several medicinal plants such as aloe vera, neem, tulsi, amruta balli, naga sampige, sorage, lavanacha, to name a few. The entry fee for the show is Rs. 5. Mini buses have been arranged from Vamajoor, Mr. Lobo told presspersons.
Last year, the show was on for 10 days, and 40,000 people visited it. This year, more people are expected with the show being extended to 15 days.
It features 11,000 flower plants and 500 medicinal plants which are also available for sale.
There is also an exhibition of the unique variety of plants found in the Western Ghats. There will be sale of garden equipment too, Mr. Lobo said.