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3rd Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition begins

Her Majesty The Queen inaugurated the third Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition in presence of His Majesty The King, The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, other members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister, and senior government officials at the National Memorial Choeten in Thimphu yesterday.

Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino of Japan, who is in the country until June 7, was a special guest at the event.

June 4 is the birth anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen. The exhibition opens to public starting today until June 11 from 9am to 8pm. All visitors have to come in formal dress.

The exhibition is dedicated to His Majesty The Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The exhibition was initiated on the Royal Command of His Majesty The King in 2015, to foster an appreciation for beautiful spaces and encourage entrepreneurship in floriculture. The agriculture ministry organised the exhibition.

The last two editions of the event, which was held at the Ugyen Pelri Palace, Paro were proven extremely popular with thousands of people visiting every day.

Officials from the agriculture ministry and other agencies have been working round the clock at the Memorial Choeten for weeks in preparation of the exhibition, along with the support of volunteers.

The exhibition has more than 20 thematic gardens, prepared by about 10 agency participants, including the armed forces, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Green Bhutan, private florists, and representatives from Japan, Thailand, and India.

A Japanese gardener, Shigeji Nakada said that the Japanese garden was built using local materials.

Agriculture officials who were trained under the Miharu garden project for the past two years put together the garden. The garden uses mostly pine, azaleas, and those species mostly used for developing gardens in Japan.

The main concept of the garden is the collaboration between the people of Japan and Bhutan.

The garden was built in record time of eight days. “This is impossible from a gardener’s experience but because of the Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako’s visit and the support of the Bhutanese officials what usually takes a month was completed in a matter of days,” Shigeji Nakada said.

The exhibition is free to Bhutanese. Non-Bhutanese adults and students will be charged Nu 300 and Nu 150 each to visit the exhibition. Entry for non-Bhutanese children below five years is free.

Gardening tools, cut flowers, seedlings, and souvenirs such as pictorial book on the exhibition, caps, and cups will be on sale. Experts at the site will explain about the gardens and share gardening tips.

Numerous government agencies and private offices have developed micro gardens around their offices and surroundings across Thimphu, in the spirit of the objectives of the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition.

Tshering Palden

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