Mangaluru, Feb 13, 2015: A four-day fruits and flower show 2015 organised by department of horticulture, Dakshina Kannada district and Siri Horticulture Association will raise its curtains to MoM (Mars Orbiter Mission). Nearly 15,000-odd Dutch roses, carnations and lily’s specially brought from Bengaluru will go in to giving a flowery make over to the model of PSLV C-25 and Mars orbiter that will greet visitors at Kadri park, venue of the show that starts on Saturday.
The deputy director of the department told media that the department has added an extra day to the event, normally a three-day weekend affair to cash in on the early week day holiday for Shivarathri. The department will charge a nominal entry fee of Rs 10 for adults and Rs 5 for children visiting the show on all four-days, Yogesh said, adding school students coming in group from their respective institutions will be allowed free entry.
The department will hold a flower arrangement competition on the opening day if it receives more than 10 entries, he said, adding in case of fewer entries, the exhibitors will be allowed to showcase their display at the venue. There will be separate stalls for nursery saplings, seeds, organic manure and machinery, he said, adding around 75 stalls will be put up. There will be separate stalls for various government departments to showcase various government schemes, he noted.
There will be a demonstration on terrace and kitchen gardening practices. Vegetable and fruit carving too will add to the attraction. More than 25-30 varieties of vegetables and fruits will be on display, he said adding these include bitter gourd, ridge gourd, cucumbers and even watermelon. Visitors can also lay their eyes on cosmos, marigold, dahlia, asters, petunia, gerbera, and varieties of roses. B Ramanath Rai, district in-charge minister will inaugurate the event. This will provide a valued experience for Mangaloreans, a must visit.