The 213th edition of the iconic Republic Day Lalbagh flower show is a must see!

The theme of this year's flower show is ‘Bengaluru’s history and evolution' and it includes replicas of the city's iconic monuments.

ByDeeksha Devadiga

Published Jan 25, 2023 | 8:30 PMUpdatedJan 27, 2023 | 5:52 PM

The 213th edition of the iconic Republic Day Lalbagh flower show is a must see!

On any given day, Bengaluru’s Lalbagh Botanical Garden is a spectacular place to be if you like nature, flowers, or even just long walks!

But come Republic Day and the garden sees resplendence like you’ve never seen before — a wide range of flowers from different parts of the country and world.

This is the ongoing flower show at Lalbagh and it’s the 213th edition of the annual 11-day event. It was inaugurated by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on 20 January.

For the uninitiated, every year, during the week of Independence Day and Republic Day, flower shows are conducted at Lalbagh.

Every show has a central theme based on which the flowers are arranged and displayed. The theme of this year’s Republic Day flower show is ‘Bengaluru’s history and evolution’.

Posters were displayed with information on Bengaluru’s history and evolution. (Deeksha Devadiga/South First)

The Glass House

The botanical garden is only a two-minute walk from the Lalbagh metro station. The entry fee is ₹70 for adults and ₹30 for children. On weekends, adults are charged ₹75.

The flower show is organised by the state government’s horticulture department and is arranged at the park’s Glass House, the garden’s biggest attraction.

As soon as you enter the Glass House, you will be greeted by scores of chrysanthemums that are arranged to mimic a glorious waterfall. A total of 2.5 lakh chrysanthemums were used to create this masterpiece!

History of Bengaluru

To highlight Bengaluru’s history, replicas of various iconic monuments like Bangalore Fort, Bull Temple, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore Palace, Karnataka High Court, and the Kempegowda watch towers have been made using flowers and leaves.

The flower show is organised by the state horticulture department. (Deeksha Devadiga/South First)

Many replicas of animals and birds have also been curated using flowers and leaves.

The Glass House also has a display of a wide range of flowers that have been collected from across the country.

There are even many rare flowers from different parts of the world that have found themselves on display at the show.

To prevent the flowers from drying, arrangements have been made for mists of water to be sprayed on them at short interval.

Warning: Water droplets are bound to fall on your expensive smartphones and camera equipment! But, honestly, for me, it seemed like a small price to pay to be able to witness this floral wonderland.

Variety galore

Organisers of the flower show said that the flowers on display come all the way from Darjeeling, Pune, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.

Display of flowers at the Lalbagh flower show. (Deeksha Devadiga/South First)

The team procured around 20 different exotic floral species, including statice, calla lilies, and hydrangeas, among others.

I am no expert on flowers but this breathtaking display of beautiful flowers will definitely take you to your happy place!

So if you haven’t gotten around to checking out the flower show yet, put on your walking shoes and head there now!

The flower show will be open to public till 30 January.

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