Preparations are going on in full swing for the fifth Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition this year would be held in Samdrupjongkhar on February 21.
The flower exhibition coincides with the birth anniversary of His Majesty The King.The committee headed by the Samdrupjongkhar thromde planted 1,710 saplings of plants and flowers around the town area yesterday.
The saplings that thrive in the southern climates such as portulaca, poinsettia, begonia, Queen of Bhutan rose, bougainvillaea and bauhunia among others were granted to the thromde as soelra from His Majesty The King, according to a report published in kuenselonline.com.
His Majesty also granted 800 grams of various flower seeds to the thromde.
The thromde and stakeholders have been working on the Samrupjongkhar town for last seven months in preparation of the exhibition, along with the support from the volunteers. The main exhibition will be held at the thromde performance ground.
Samdrupjongkhar thrompon, Karma Sherab Thobgyal, said the thromde along with the stakeholders have prepared all the areas to keep it ready for the flower plantations since June last year, adding that the other activities related to the exhibition are under day and will be ready by the end of this month.
The preparation works include the preparation of the main site, development of permanent gardens throughout the Samdrupjongkhar town area and face-lifting works in the core town areas like repainting of the buildings.
Agriculture secretary, Rinzin Dorji, said about eight nurseries have been established in Samdrupjongkhar and flowers are mostly raised in those nurseries, adding that some flowers were collected locally while some are purchased from private nurseries. “There are over 100,000 different flowers and plants.”
Dorji said they should contact the counterparts in Assam, India, to take part in the exhibition if they are interested.
According to a press release, Samdrupjongkhar was chosen for the exhibition because of the historic and geographic importance of the border town, which serves as one of the gateways to the country.
“Despite promoting the local economy in floriculture and supporting small business, the event also aims to galvanise town beautification,” it stated.