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Steel city in full bloom

Jamshedpur, Dec 29: Steel city Jamshedpur laid bare its softer side today with the inauguration of the 24th annual flower show hosted jointly by Jusco and Horticultural Society, Jamshedpur.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande inaugurated the three-day event, which would conclude on Monday, at the grounds opposite Sacred Heart Convent School in Bistupur.

Around 40 stalls have been put only for display and 32 kiosks are selling flowers. Most of the sellers are from the city, besides outstation participants from Howrah, Calcutta, and other parts of Bengal.

Jusco horticultural services official B.N. Mohanty told The Telegraph that this year’s attraction is the special display of rare varieties of grafted cactus.

Besides a profusion of petals, the event will also showcase vegetables and fruts, a feature that was introduced two years ago.

“More than 780 plants are on display. Out of these, there are at least 70 rare varieties of grafted cacti. Some of the rare varieties of cactus are zemro, mamalaria, parida, hematu, melo, fero and nata. These have been put up for the first time in any flower show in the city,” said Mohanty.

The other attraction is the bonsai section. “These bonsais are called plant on rocks. It is a new trend in which potted plants are found to be grown on rocks made out of slag. It shows that slag can also be used for growing plants,” said a Jusco official. Another flowering plant of adenium variety and an exoflora foliage plant grown on rock are also great crowd magnets.

Amateurs, professional horticulturists, companies, retail owners and institutions have helped the steel city bloom. The 40 display kiosks showcasing potted seasonal flowers, perennial flowers, potted fruits and vegetables, potted foliage plants, cacti and succulents, bonsai cut flowers, bouquets and garlands and medicinal plants will be judged by a special panel of experts.

These kiosks have been broadly divided in two groups — ones that are put up by amateurs and the other set up by the institutions.

The experts will judge both the amateurs and the professionals in 10 categories like rose, chrysanthemum, cactus et al. These 10 categories are again classified into 75 sections. There are 11 trophies for both the groups.

The three-day event will also hold technical sessions related to horticultural activities. A sit-and-draw contest for the children will also be hosted at the venue tomorrow.

A separate counter has been set up for amateur gardeners to fill up a form and participate in Garden of the Year Contest. The competition is organised by Tata Steel urban services, Jusco and Horticultural Society, Jamshedpur, and is sponsored by Tata Agrico. Judges will visit their gardens for assessment purpose in January. Dates of the award ceremony will be announced on the last day of the flower show.


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