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Wood art is new attraction this flower show

Pracheta Panja

Pigeons at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden

Bengaluru, January 24, 2018: Besides the flower show, wood art is going to be an attraction for visitors to Lalbagh this Republic Day. Wood from trees that were crashed in stormy conditions is being used to carve out attractive showpieces.
“About 20 trees fell during the monsoon last year. We are making mementos from them. Sixty persons are working day and night to make that happen,” deputy director of horticulture M.R. Chandrashekar informed The Observer.
The items will bear information about the trees they were made from. Some of the trees were more than 200 years old.
Pointing to a tree, a sculptor said: “This is from Brisbane, Australia, and 240 years old. It was near Lalbagh Main Gate. We are making display objects from its wood.”
“Because of the long weekend, we expect bigger crowds to visit the flower show,” the deputy director said.
The horticulture department has imported numerous flowers from Holland to be displayed. They have got some from Darjeeling and Assam.
A stall owner from Sagara, Shivamogga district, said: “We come here every year to sell our products. This year, sales are dull. We look forward to the last few days for sales to pick up.”
The horticulture department organizes flower shows on Independence Day and Republic Day for nearly two weeks. The theme of this year’s flower show is Lord Bahubali to mark the mahamastakabhisheka (the head-anointing ceremony) of his 57-foot-tall statute at Shravanabelagola. The once-in-12-years ritual will be performed between February 17 and 25.
On the sidelines of the flower show, the 207th,  are stalls selling honey, millets, papad and other food products from Karnataka’s taluks.