He said that as with most other things in our society, undue importance is being given to imported varieties of flowering plants and fruits in the country. ?In fact, if you go to the nursery and ask for desi gulab (rose), chameli or other such flowers, he will look at you strangely and then tell you that the plant in question will be made available after a few days,? he said. The need of the hour, pointed out Jamali, is to promote indigenous plants before it is too late.
The Pakistan Flower SHow is being held at the DHA Sea View Public Park next to a fast food restaurants, the flower show has been organised by the Horticultural Society of Pakistan (HSP) in collaboration with the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and the Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC).
With more than 50 different stalls have put various flowering plants (and floral arrangements) on display, the show is attracting many a visitors, both young and old. One of the more popular stalls, the Orchid Bazaar, featured eight different varieties of orchids, including the rare but exquisite Tiger Orchid.
Similarly, the unique arrangements at the Floral Art Society of Pakistan were a source of fascination for many since many of them comprised everyday kitchen items such as red chillies and lemons. ?We have 33 varieties of arrangements on display this year,? a member of the society told The News.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Flower Show Committee, Lt (retd) General Jahanzeb Arbab, in his welcome address, traced the history of the HSP. ?The society came into being in 1948 and held its first show at the Purani Numaish Ground in 1949,? he said. Since then, the HSP has held flower shows every year without fail and runs two courses each year. The flower show is slated to go on till March 1