Republic Day Flower Show at Lalbagh: Jan 2017
January brings new beginnings and continues to keep old traditions alive. The bi-annual Flower Show at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden is one such tradition which marks the Republic Day in January and Independence Day in August.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden is a lush green paradise, sprawled across an area of 240 acres, located in the heart of Bangalore. The garden houses India's largest collection of tropical plants and is one of the main attractions for tourists and locals in Bangalore. And The Flower Show at Lalbagh always is very popular as it brings forth new themes, a feast of vibrant colors and promise of a splendid day out.
1. Flowery Facts
The 205th Republic Day Special Flower Show is organized by Department of Horticulture and The Mysore Horticulture Society, Bengaluru. The show begins on January 20th 2017 and marks the Birth Centenary of Dr.M.H. Marigowda, Father of Horticulture in Karnataka. Synonymously, a bust of Dr. M.H. Marigowda would be placed at the Glass House and an Exposition of his Achievements and Quotes would be showcased.
Innumerable varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables are exhibited in the shows including exhibition of potted plants, cut flowers, Thai Art, Ikebana, Indian Floral Art, Bonsai and vegetable carving. A Garden Competition is conducted among various competitors such as Government establishments, residential gardens of ministers and private bungalows, BBMP, BDA, gardens of Hotels, super-specialty hospitals, banks and even IT companies participate enthusiastically. The Flower Show also provides information and guidance on emerging horticulture technologies.
2. Highlighting the Attractions:
- A floral replica of Gol Gumbaz, the architectural Dome wonder located in Bijapur, will be the special attraction of the Republic Day Flower Show this year. Bedecked with an approximately 4 lakh Red, White, Pink and Yellow roses it would be a floral wonder.
- Inside the Glasshouse, flower arrangements will be made in three corners, by Lalbagh Botanical Garden, BNCS, Ooty Fernhill Gardens & Cymbidium orchids.
- Nearly 250 Cymbidium flowers , originally from Australia and the Netherlands , grown in Darjeeling and Sikkim would be seen for the first time.
- On the left side of the Glass House, a mammoth vertical garden built over an area of 1,750 sq ft using 35,000 flowers of different colours and leaf variety plants would be displayed by Bhagylakshmi Farm and Nursery, a reputed floral company in Bengaluru.
- On the right side of the Glasshouse replicas of colourful butterflies created using rose, chrysanthemum, orchids, carnation, etc. would be displayed. The Butterfly Bay is being sponsored by Silk Mark, an initiative of Central Silk Board.
- Huge floral cascades created using gorgeous Petonia flowers on the lawns outside the Glasshouse would be a feast to the eyes. India’s National bird the peacock would be in a floral avatar too.
- Arrangement of attractive chrysanthemum flowers from various parts of the country and abroad, stunning cold climate flowers like Begonia, Impatiens, Azalea, Fuchsia and pot-grown perennial flowers would enthrall flower enthusiasts.
- Various cultural programmes by renowned artists will be held by the Deptartment of Kannada and Culture on all the days of the show.
- There would be hundreds of stalls and nurseries where one can purchase manure, seeds, pesticides, plants, pots and other garden materials.
3. Handy Guidelines:
Glass House, Lal Bagh, Bangalore
- Friday January 20, 2017 to Sunday January 29, 2017.
- Free Entry for school children on January 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm,
- Entry tickets will be sold at all entry points from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm.
- Weekdays: Rs. 50
- Holidays/Weekends: Rs. 60
- Children: Rs. 20
- Public vehicles are not allowed inside Lalbagh during the show.
- School Vehicles are allowed through Double Road entrance, and can be parked near Dr. M.H. Marigowda Memorial Hall
- Vehicles could be parked at the multi-story car park of Shantinagar Bus Stand and BBMP parking on J.C. Road.
- Al-Ameen College ground is assigned for two-wheelers parking
- All visitors and also cameras / other electronic goods will be screened as a security measure, at the entry points.
- Lalbagh has been declared a plastic free zone.
- The HOPCOMS stalls would sell limited food items.