Second Royal Bhutan flower exhibition
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.