Gyalt­suen, Princess Mako graces open­ing of the flower ex­hi­bi­tion

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen Jet­sun Pema Wangchuck and Her Imperial High­ness Princess Mako of Ak­ishino of Ja­pan will grace the open­ing of the third Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion to­day in Thim­phu.

The week-long Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion is held at the Na­tional Memo­rial Chorten. The ex­hi­bi­tion is ded­i­cated to His Majesty The Third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck is deeply beloved by the Bhutanese, and he is revered as the Fa­ther of Modern Bhutan. The Chorten was built in 1974 in mem­ory of Third Druk Gyalpo.

The Ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes gar­dens pre­pared by var­i­ous par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing the armed forces, the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tra­di­tional Medicine, Nat­u­ral Re­sources Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests, Green Bhutan, and pri­vate florists. The ex­hi­bi­tion will also have in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants from In­dia, Thai­land, and Ja­pan.

The gar­dens dis­play Bhutan’s rich indige­nous plants and herbs, and a large va­ri­ety of orna- men­tal flow­ers. The cut flow­ers and sou­venirs such as Pic­to­rial Book on Ex­hi­bi­tion, Caps, Cups and many oth­ers items are avail­able for sale. And the ex­perts at the ex­hi­bi­tion will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and gar­den­ing tip to the buy­ers.

The ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the love­li­ness and ease of cul­ti­vat­ing mi­cro gar­dens, and bring­ing color and beauty of spa­ces such as Pink Pe­tu­nias, burlap, and some artistry.

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

In a mes­sage at the first Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion, His Majesty said, “Where we live must be clean, safe, or­gan­ised, and beau­ti­ful, for na­tional in­tegrity, na­tional pride, and for our bright fu­ture. This too is na­tion build­ing.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open to the pub­lic from 9 am to 8 pm ev­ery day for vis­i­tors from 5 to 9 June and con­cludes on 11 June.

The first two edi­tions of the Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion were held in Ugyen Pelri Palace grounds, in Paro, with cul­tural dis­plays amongst the flow­ers. It is an an­nual event.

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

The first ever Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion, held in April 2015, was a huge suc­cess, with over 50,000 peo­ple vis­ited over the course of 5 days.

The Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion, was ini­ti­ated in 2015 in ac­cor­dance with His Majesty The King’s de­sire for there to be an event which would en­cour­age the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of beau­ti­ful spa­ces, fos­ter a sense of com­mu­nity, and en­cour­age en­trepreneur­ship in flori­cul­ture and gar­den­ing.

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