Lalbagh or Lalbagh botanical gardens, meaning The Red Garden in English, is a well-known botanical garden in Bengaluru, India. Known as one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bengaluru, Lalbagh houses a large number of tropical plants, a lake, few species of birds and a Glass house where the biannual flower show on Republic day (26th Jan.) and Independence day (15th Aug.) is hosted.
Every flower show has a special theme, usually famous buildings/landmarks in India. A selection committee decides the theme every year. This year, the options available to the committee were The stone chariot, Hampi and Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur. Gol Gumbaz, the mausoleum of Mohammad Adil Shah, Bijapur was selected as the theme.
The main theme is usually housed in the Glass house. Along with the main theme, many varieties of flowers like coxcombs, chrysanthemums, begonias and other ornamental plants are also placed in the Glass house.
The work for this floral decor starts a week or two before the actual flower show. Many varieties of roses from across various parts of Karnataka are brought to the botanical gardens and arranged. Along with roses, chrysanthemums, begonias, gerberas are few of the flowers that forms a part of this decor.
The other attractions in the flower show this year included the Cymbidium Orchids from Sikkim. Also know as boat orchids, one could see a wide range of colors – pink, yellow, white and lime-green to name a few.
Lalbagh was definitely in full bloom for the 205th flower show! Few of the other attractions on the way to Glass house :
“Gimme the flower power” butterflies…