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Annual Flower Show, Agri Horticulture Gardens (2009)

February 2009

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‘Whenever you see color, think of us’ – ran the punchline of an advertisement by a paint company. A visit to the annual flower exhibitions leaves me wondering about this claim. The variety of colors on display is not easy to replicate, whatever be the means adopted to do so.
Though the mercury has stopped dipping below the normal spring temperatures and woolens are gradually becoming confined to the cupboards and the nip in the air is no longer being felt, winter still remains the time for fairs and festivities in Kolkata. Book fair, Industrial fair, Handicrafts fair……. Dover Lane Musical Conference and performance by numerous other masters of Indian music……. Theater festival by Nandikar……. Dog Shows…… Vintage Car Rally….. Flower Shows…… are some of the happenings during the winter months. Flower Shows are a regular feature of Kolkata during winter and quite a few are held regularly. This years Flower Show at Agri Horticulture Society was held between 5th February – 8th February.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

tn__0122 I first went there on a Saturday evening. Past the shops selling gardening equipments and plants of all varieties, as soon as I entered the main fair ground, I was greeted by a burst of colors. Everytime I go to a flower show, the colors of nature have a mesmerizing effect on me. How can God create so many colors in nature? And how many colors are there that we do not know about – hidden in some remote corner of the earth…. maybe a nameless flower growing in some remote forest… Name any color and there were flowers of that color displayed at the show.
Dalias, roses and chrysanthemums were there in various sizes and colors – size that you cannot imagine a flower to be of, colors that you cannot visualize even in your dreams. tn__0841
There was a large collection of cactus from Kalingpong. For the first time, I saw such a wide variety of blooming orchids in Kolkata. The flower shows that I had visited earlier rarely had any orchids. In fact, I came to know of the wide variety of blooming orchids only when I visited a display of orchids at the New York Botanical Gardens in 2007. I was pleasantly surprised to find so many blooming orchids in the show. I hope this collection will increase in the coming years.

We moved on towards the annual flowers – one possibly cannot imagine the variety of flowers and their colors. By this time, it was getting dark and I was not interested in taking photographs in neon lights – the true colors of the flowers can never be captured. My daughter Aheli insisted that we come back the next day one more and in broad daylight so that we can continue with our photography session.


Sunday, February 8, 2009

The next day we arrived there earlier than the previous day, but not as early as we had expected. We headed straight for the area where roses were displayed. Roses were there in all colors and shapes. There were some shades of yellow and orange that were unique and I had not seen them earlier. Next we moved to the annual flowers. This was a huge area and it seemed that a colorful carpet has been laid over the garden grounds. By this time it was getting dark and we moved towards the bonsai plants. Again, what a collection!! It needs to be seen to be believed.
Being the last day, many of the orchids and cactus from Kalingpong were on sale now. Prizes were being distributed at the main dias. Kalyani Municipality won a large number of prizes, though I am not see if they received the maximum. We had a brief visit to the Ikebana showcase before leaving the exhibition.


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  7. Deepa Biswas said:

    I am a regular visitor of the Annual Flower Show held in the second week of February every year with my family. This is one of the most spectacular events that happens in Kolkata.Thanks to the organizers and all flower lovers.

    Posted on February 7th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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