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Sikkim to host global flower show

- Over 15000 flowers to be displayed in 75 stalls at Rs 5-crore event
A flower show in Gangtok on Thursday. Pictures by Prabin Khaling

Gangtok, Dec. 27: An international flower show with around 20 participants from India and abroad will be held in East Sikkim on February 23.

“Flower-growers from Australia, New Zealand, Holland, the US, Taiwan, Nepal and Thailand will be participating in the event. Bengal, the seven northeastern states, Delhi and Karnataka will also take part,” said D.K. Bhandari, the joint director of the horticulture, floriculture and cash crop department that will organise the event.

He added that Rs 5 crore had been allotted for the event, where more than 15,000 flowers of various species will be on display.

The show will be held at Saramsa garden, 10km from Gangtok. This is the second such international event in East Sikkim, the first being in 2008.

“There would be 75 stalls displaying cymbidium, coronation, lily, roses and other seasonal flowers. We will also organise a buyers-and-sellers meet,” a senior official of the horticulture department said.

According to Bhandari, the objective of the event is to promote and showcase developments in floriculture and horticulture in the state.

Governor Balmiki Prasad Singh will tomorrow inaugurate a mini flower show in old Sikkim House in New Delhi to promote the international festival.