The commencement of spring in Delhi was marked by the 53rd Annual Flower show organized in Mughal Garden in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office on Friday, February 25, 2011. The inauguration was done by Vice-chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh at 12 noon with Ms. Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, Higher Education, Ministry of HRD, as the Chief Guest. The event kickstarted with a flower presentation and painting competition in which more than 600 school children participated. An inter-college wire sculpture and pottery workshop was organized as well. A street play was organized by Jan Natya Manch.
The event aimed at garnering interest in the environment. The Yamuna Biodiversity Park and the Aravalli Biodiversity Park held exhibitions to further this cause. A quiz on environment conservation was also organized. The Rashtrapati Bhavan had its own display of organically grown vegetables and essential oils from plants from the Rashtrapati Bhavan Kitchen Garden.
The crisp sunny weather added to the gatherers’ excitement at the cornucopia of flower display: roses, marigolds, geraniums, gladioli, anemones, freesias, xenias, calendulas, salvias, etc. Says a student, “The flower show was excellent, this initiative of the Garden Committee will go a long way in capturing people’s interest in the environment.” Spring festivals like these have a great aesthetic appeal as they attract photographers and horticulturists. Jahnavi, a DU student says, “I am here to click away!” The event concluded with the prize distribution for the winners of various competitions by the chief guest.”