Sec­ond Royal Bhutan flower ex­hi­bi­tion

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To com­mem­o­rat­ing the birth an­niver­sary of Her Majesty the Gyalt­suen, a sec­ond Royal Bhutan Flower ex­hi­bi­tion is un­der­way at the his­toric Ugyen Pelri Palace in Paro which started from yes­ter­day.

The Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion, which was first held in April 2015, was ini­ti­ated upon the Royal Com­mand of His Majesty The King, as a land­mark com­mu­nity event which would pro­mote and in­spire ap­pre­ci­a­tion for beau­ti­ful spa­ces, fos­ter com­mu­nity vi­tal­ity, and en­cour­age the growth of a vi­brant en­trepreneur­ship in flori­cul­ture across the na­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests with the sup­ports from Paro Dzongkhag, World Wildlife Fund-Bhutan, DHI and Bhutan power Cor­po­ra­tion, draws in­spi- ra­tion from

His Majesty’s mas­sage granted dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral event last year, “Where we live must be clean, safe, or­ga­nized and beau­ti­ful, for na­tional in­tegrity, na­tional pride and for our bright fu­ture. This too is na­tion build­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease from Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests, it stated that rec­og­niz­ing that the Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion has an im­por­tant role to play in fos­ter­ing a sense of com­mu­nity val­ues to­wards build­ing such a place for us to live in, as en­vi­sioned by His Majesty The King, the Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion is more am­bi­tious this year- ex­tend­ing the to­tal ex­hi­bi­tion area to over 18 acres, with in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing world- renown bon­sai ex­perts.

Stretch­ing across the vast area, the­matic gar­dens pre­pared by var­i­ous par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing the armed forces, the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tra­di­tional Medicine, Nat­u­ral Re­sources Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, and pri­vate florists, as well as, for the first time, gar­dens by Ja­panese and Thai rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The breath­tak­ing back­drop of the im­pos­ing Paro Rin­pung Dzong and iconic Ta Dzong, with the Paro chhu me­an­der­ing next to the grounds sets off the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The gar­dens dis­play Bhutan’s rich in­dige­nous plants and herbs, as well as large va­ri­ety of or­na­men­tal flow­ers and veg­eta­bles from around the world, Seeds, seedlings, gar­den­ing tools, cut flow­ers and sou­venirs will be avail­able for pur­chase, and ex­perts will be on hand to pro­vide use­ful in­for­ma­tion and share gar­den­ing tips, stated the press re­lease.

The press re­lease fur­ther stated that the new at­trac­tions this year are bon­sai dis­plays of the Thai and Ja­panese styles, each with a renowned ex­pert on lo­ca­tion.

An open talk se­ries on “In­no­va­tions in Green Ur­ban Plan­ning and Land­scap­ing”, where ex­perts and plant en­thu­si­asts share their ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­per­tise, will be held along­side the ex­hi­bi­tion. Among the speaker are His Serene High­ness Prince Bhisatej Ra­jani of Thai­land, and Bon­sai Mas­ter Masashi Hi­rao of Ja­pan.

The col­lec­tion of won­der­ful mod­els of Dzongs and monas­ter­ies from around Bhutan, which where a huge suc­cess with vis­i­tors last year, has been ex­panded to in­clude sev­eral more of Bhutan’s iconic struc­tures.

The en­tire ex­hi­bi­tion has been planned to cre­ate a sense of magic, with nu­mer­ous hid­den cor­ners and sur­prises. All in all, the ex­hi­bi­tion will be a great place for fam­i­lies to spend the day, and an ex­tremely ed­uca­tive and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for chil­dren. Oth­ers who will en­joy the ex­hi­bi­tion are all na­ture lovers, gar­den­ing en­thu­si­asts, artists, and pho­tog­ra­phers, stated the press re­lease.

The press re­lease stated that the ex­hi­bi­tion will also have or­ganic snack and juice stalls to pro­mote healthy eat­ing habits, and clean toi­lets main­tained by vol­un­teers from Bhutan Toi­let Org. Clean Bhutan will help the or­ga­niz­ers to keep the area clean and beau­ti­ful through­out.

The first ever Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion, held in April last year, was hugely suc­cess­ful, with over 50,000 peo­ple visit­ing over the course of 5 days.

The Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion en­joys the per­sonal and close guid­ance of Her Majesty Gya­lyum Tsh­er­ing Yang­don Wangchuck.

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