The three-day Noida Flower show ended on a high note on Sunday evening with thousands of residents visiting the Noida stadium.
From pollution-less plants and spring flowers to gardening accessories and flower arrangement contests, the show cum fair had everything for nature enthusiasts to admire.
The annual flower show was organised by the city authority in collaboration with the horticulture department. Personnel from Noida floriculture society were invited as judges for flower arrangement contests.
“I would like to thank the entire staff of Noida and horticulture department for organising the flower show at such short notice. More than a lakh people visited the show in three days and it is remarkable in its own way,” Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer, Noida, said .
Many residents were seen buying flower pots and gardening equipment from the stalls put up at the stadium. A total of 70 stalls featuring seeds, saplings, gardening equipment and vases were set up in the show.
“I had always wanted to buy a designer spade for gardening in my apartment’s backyard. Now, I will develop my own nursery as I have bought various saplings, including that of strawberry plant,” Agrima Pandey of Greater Noida said.
According to several nursery owners, residents showed interest in exotic plants.
“Strawberry plants were high in demand as it is not that difficult to grow them. Similarly, demand for kiwi fruit plant was also high,” Pappy, owner of Rajasthan Nursery, said.
“The theme flower for this year was ‘genda’ (marigold) and next year, it will be petunia,” Manju Grover, general secretary, Noida floriculture society, said.
The state’s horticulture department also announced setting up of three parks in Noida after the state elections.
“This year, the horticulture department will construct three parks in Noida for the recreation of residents. These three parks will cover 40 acres, 75 acres and 40 acres, and as soon as elections are held in Uttar Pradesh, we will start the work. We expect that the people will also cooperate in making Noida greener by planting more and more trees,” Omveer Singh, director, horticulture department, said.