The sec­ond Royal Bhutan Flower ex­hi­bi­tion

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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.

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