The rose dancers created by the Horticulture Department from Coimbatore, Tirupur, Dindigul, Erode, Tirunelveli and Tiruchy districts grabbed the eye of every tourist, who clicked pictures in front of them. Another main crowd puller was the giant selfie stand measuring 15 feet long and 10 feet high made of 31,000 roses.
Other attractions of the Rose Show were a giant Alphonso mango made of yellow roses by the Krishnagiri District Horticulture Department. The department personnel from Salem and Madurai districts made giant rocket and pigeon displays. Earlier, The Nilgiris Collector P Shankar inaugurated the two-day event.
(The well received selfie stand)
Unlike previous years, this year the Horticulture Department staff took utmost care and pain to make the Rose Show and the Flower Show (scheduled for next week) to happen. The Rose Garden and the Botanical Garden where the flower show would be held were no exemption to the prevailing drought situation in the state.
(Model of rocket displayed)
A contract staff attached to the department said, “Of the half a dozen tanks in the Botanical Garden only one or two are left with little water. The department has been purchasing a few tanker loads of water every day.”
(A big mango set up with yellow roses)
A labourer added, “We made judicious use of the resource to nurture the plants over the last few months and made them bloom. Thanks to the recent summer showers too.”
(Helicopter made of spice at Gudalur)
Meanwhile, at Gudalur, the Spice Show added to the visual treat of tourists this weekend. The three-day exhibition began at St Thomas Higher Secondary School Ground late on Friday. Highlights of the show were a giant helicopter and animals such as tiger and leopard made of spices. Officials stated that spices have become an inseparable part of the economy of The Nilgiris.