VISITORS THRONG PAUs 22nd FLOWER SHOW
Ludhiana, February 28…
Keeping up its tradition for the last 22 years, the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana in collaboration with the Estate Organization and the Department of Family Resource Management organized the Annual Flower Show on Feb. 28 - March 1, 2018 in the memory of former Vice-Chancellor, Dr M. S. Randhawa, who has played an institutional role in landscaping of the PAU and authored many books on ornamental trees, shrubs and gardens. The highlight of the event every year is a competition in which 8 different classes of fresh/dry flower arrangements, seasonal flowers, foliage plants, cacti, succulents, ferns and bonsai vie for 98 first and 109 second prizes. The competition is open to hobbyists, individuals, amateurs, private, government and semi-government institutions and the nurseries. This year there are a total of 1900 entries.
Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon, the worthy Vice-Chancellor of PAU inaugurated the show and emphasized the role of ornamental plants as air purifiers for removing harmful gases from the environment e.g. ficus spp., palm, snake plant, spider plant, tulsi etc. “Such flower shows also help to create awareness among public regarding the importance of growing flowers for beautification and conservation of environment”, he stressed. Dr. Dhillon emphasized the role of PAU in development of new varieties and production technology of flowers for farmers. “Besides, the colours of flowers deliver message of harmony, love and friendship”, said Dr Dhillon, while appealing to people to grow ornamentals for beautification and sharing responsibility for conserving the environment.
A huge rush of flower lovers was witnessed and the visitors appreciated the tips demonstrated by the experts for growing the flowers. Various schools, colleges, Government institutes participated in the show. According to Dr. Parminder Singh, Coordinator of the Show, the participation of school children especially in the flower arrangement section was overwhelming. Dr. Harpinder Singh Grewal, Head of the department, while expressing gratitude for the enthusiastic participation of public said the Flower Show and Chrysanthemum Show has become a regular feature of the university, attracting people from all walks of life. The flower show will remain open for general public for two days.