Chrysanthemum show kicks off at PAU


The golden jubilee chrysanthemum exhibition kicked off in the fields of floriculture and landscaping (F&L) department, Punjab Agricultural University, on Tuesday. Dedicated to eminent Punjabi poet Bhai Veer Singh, the show will continue till December 11.

What make this year's flower show special are two additions. One is the 23-year-old palm which has been gifted to PAU by one of its ex-employees whose mother had planted it, and second is the new Japanese-style botanical garden.

"In order to provide students with all the latest techniques to gain knowledge, this unique Japanese-style botanical garden initiative has been taken. Visitors will feel a unique kind of peace once they visit. The major objective is also to conserve rare and extinct plants of Punjab and India. The models of different styles like English, Italian, Chinese are also part of the garden spread over 10 acres. We have a target of conserving more than 200 species in coming times," said Dr H S Grewal, a floriculturist, PAU.

I S Kalsy, a former employee of PAU who gifted the plant to the varsity, says, "The palm my mother planted 23 years ago overgrew and I didn't want to lose it and thus decided to gift it to PAU on the advice of my son. They cooperated with me and sent their employees to my home and took it with utmost care. I am happy now it is gracing new botanical garden and will live forever."

Dr Kushal Singh, head of F&L department, said, "In global world trade, flower cultivation is under 3,000 hectares. PAU is engaged in developing technology for commercial flower crops and all are welcome to get free advice on flower cultivation, not only in exhibition but also otherwise. Here more than 4,000 pots belonging to 200 varieties are on display."

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