The second Royal Bhutan Flower exhibition
Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen inaugurated the second Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition in the presence of His Majesty the King, His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey on 4th June at Ugyen Pelri Palace in Paro. The second Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition is to commemorate the 26th Birth Anniversary of Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen. Ugyen Pelri palace was built by Paro Penlop (Governor) Tshering Penjor around 1930. The four days royal Bhutan flower exhibition was extended to six days due to over- whelming popularity and huge number of visitors to allow those who couldn’t make it yet to visit the beautiful event. It was organized by Ministry of Agriculture and Forests with support of Paro Dzongkhag, World Wildlife Fund-Bhutan, Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC), Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) and Druk Holding and Investments (DHI).
The exhibition was initiated upon the royal command of His Majesty The King to inspire appreciation for beautiful spaces and to encourage the growth of a vibrant entrepreneurship in flori- culture across the nation. The beautiful garden was prepared by various participants including the armed forces, Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC), National Institute of Traditional Medicine (NITM), private florists and garden by Japanese and Thai representatives this year.
The magic of the fairytale gardens comprised of thousands of brilliant flowers and plants, Bhutan’s rich indigenous plants and herbs, as well as a large variety of ornamental flowers around the world. Gardening tools, cut flowers, seeds are available for purchase and experts were on hand to provide good information to the buyers. This year, the garden displayed of the Thai and Japanese styles bonsai (Trees grown in shallow containers). It also included the collection of wonderful finest models of Dzongs and monasteries from around Bhutan and has often been associated with fantasy. The entire exhibition has been planned to create a sense of magic and surprises. The exhibition covered over 18 acres with international participants.
The Tourism Council of Bhutan organized free shuttle services between Thimphu and Paro everyday for the exhibition. The Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, mem- bers of parliament, senior government officials also attended the exhibition along with the members from the Royal Family. Besides government officials and private nurseries also participated in the course of seven days event. On the day of exhibition more than thousands of people attended including foreigners. The exhibition was a great place for everyone to spend the day and it was extended to the public till 10th June. The entry was free for all the Bhutanese and everybody was invited to visit the exhibition. The exhibition will be an annual event coinciding with the festival of Paro Tshechu.