The Greater Noida authority on Thursday said the three-day annual flower show will start on February 17 evening at City Park. In a unique initiative this year, the authority officials will gift a sapling to each child visiting the flower show.
“The idea behind gifting a tree to a child is to educate them about the importance of greenery. We want to teach children about the crucial role trees plays in our life,” Anand Mohan Singh, the general manager of the Greater Noida authority, said.
The authority has prepared around 1,500 saplings, including outdoor and indoor plants, for gifting children.
The three-day event will include several competitions for children and a poetry recital, in which popular poets, including Uttar Pradesh’s Hariom Panwar and Sunil Jogi, among others, will participate.
The theme flower for this year is Penji, officials said.
“The flower show will have around 90 stalls, including participants from New Delhi municipal corporation (NDMC), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Gautam Budh University and the Noida authority, among other organisations. We will organise cultural events every evening for visitors,” Singh said.
Deepak Agarwal, the chief executive officer of the Noida authority, is expected to inaugurate the flower show. The inauguration programme on February 17 will include cultural dances by artistes.
On the second day, dance, singing and fancy dress competitions will be held for children, followed by poetry recital by popular Hindi poets.
On February 19, a drawing competition for children is planned, followed by gardening and mehendi competitions for women, and then the prize distribution ceremony.
“The idea behind organising the flower show is to provide a platform for residents who enjoy gardening and want to know more about trees and flowers. It connects like-minded persons. Also, residents enjoy the recreational activities at the event,” a Greater Noida authority official said.
The flower stalls will also be ranked and awarded prizes for best maintenance and management.