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A floral extravaganza unfolds

delhi Updated: Feb 20, 2010 01:19 IST
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If you have the dream of creating a little garden at home, but have not been able to do so because of space constraints, pay a visit to the Garden Of Five Senses — presently the venue of the 23rd Garden Tourism Festival, which opened on Friday.

The colourful floral extravaganza, organised by Delhi Tourism, is aimed not just at promoting the art of gardening in Delhi, but also offers lots of innovative ideas in creating a little green oasis at your home.

The event has about 10, 000 potted plants and flowers on display, under 32 categories. These include potted shrubs, hanging baskets, tree gardens, flower decorations, vegetable carvings, among others.

Colourful roses, dahlias, orchids, salvias, marigold and cineraria are in full bloom all around.

“ The idea is to showcase the city’s rich fauna and promote gardening in the city,” says Manoj Kumar, deputy manager, public relations, Delhi Tourism.

The highlight of the festival is a theme garden titled ‘Commonwealth Games 2010: Green Delhi Welcomes You”, which showcases Delhi’s rich fauna and give visitors ideas in beautiful landscaping.

The festival has about 150 participants such as MCD, NDMC and DDA. Besides, educational institutions, RWAs and individuals are also participating.

There are several outlets selling a variety of plants, flowers, seeds, and gardening equipment.

“People in Delhi are showing interest in gardening like never before. Our products have received a huge response here,” says Geeta Agarwal, who has a stall selling hand-painted designer pots.

“ This is a great place for garden lovers to come together and share their ideas and experiences. I love the little tray garden on display here. I am soon going to create a similar one a home,” says Anita Gupta, who has come all the way from Noida, looking for ideas to create a green space in her two- bedroom apartment.

The festival has about 11 concepts of tray gardens on display.

The 23th Garden Tourism Festival is on till February 21, from 11 am to 8 pm at the Garden of Five Senses, Said-ul-Azaib, near Saket.

The first Garden Tourism festival was organised by Delhi Tourism in 1988 at the DDA park in Greater Kailash.