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Spring flower and fancy birds show ends at PMAS-AAUR.

ISLAMABAD, April 04, 2011 (Balochistan Times): The Spring Flower and Fancy Bird Show ended on Sunday at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). The show provided the residents of the twin cities (Rawalpindi Islamabad) a fascinating opportunity to have glimpses of charming colours and fragrance of spring season. The Show was organized by the PMAS-AAUR Department of Horticulture, in collaboration with the National Horticultural Society of Pakistan in which the spring and seasonal flowers of more than 350 types were displayed. Fifteen institutes participated by putting the flowers from their respective nurseries on display. More than 120 students of different schools, colleges and universities also participated in dry & fresh flower arrangements and cut flower categories. The flowers were placed in the forms of bed, national flag, pie shapes, pyramids and arrange in a way to convey different messages like peace, Dil Dil Pakistan, patriotism to attract the natural lover residents of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Around 20,000 seasonal flowering plants of more than 250 different varieties were at display. This Flower Show was special in many ways. Plants were exhibited in planters made out of seashells, plastic water or soda bottles, old cooking pots, tins, old building material were used like old school furniture, wooden planks, and broken tiles to create various segments such as a flower house, a miniature pond, dry flower arrangements, etc. On the occasion, Dr. Muhammad Afzal, Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), was chief guest, while Senator Talha Mehmood was guest of honour. While addressing the chief guest said Pakistan land is suitable for producing plants and flowers but there is need to paid little attention to this sector. If we seriously pay attention to the flower industry we could earn huge money through export, he said. He was of the view that that there was a strong relation between the plants and environment. Our environment could only stay clean and healthy if there are more plants, he added. While commending PMAS-AAUR for organizing a wonderful event to increase awareness among the people regarding the significance of plants and flowers, he said that such exhibitions would encourage people to plant more flowers at their homes. At the end of the exhibition, the chief guest distributed prizes and certificate among the winner of the show. Appreciating such kind of activity, Senator, Talha Mehmood said that it is a healthy activity to promote horticulture among the nature lovers of the twin cities and such exhibitions are helpful to bring people closer to the beauties of nature and provide them entertainment in healthy environment. He further said that the importance of flower cannot be described in words rather it can well be felt by the nature-lovers and is also increases the interest of the nature among those who remain estranged from such environment. He was of the view that the younger generation could learn about the importance of the plants and environment and enjoy the beauty of Nature. People from twin cities, especially, the students of different institutions and women visited Arid Varsity to see exquisite variety of foreign and local flowers, plants and birds that had been put on display. They said that it is a healthy activity and they are so pleased to see hundreds of shades of colours of spring at one place. Residents of twin cities hoped that PMAS-AAUR would be organize such type of event in future as well. The Bird Show with number of local and foreigner birds including variety of parrots, sparrow, dove and beautiful cock and hen in couples being a striking feature of the exhibition was centre of attention for majority of people especially children. The variety of flowers included Acroclinium, Anchusa, Ageratum, Aster, Alyssum, Antirrhinum, Annual Chrysanthemum, Calendula, Candytuft, Corn Flower, Cineraria, Clarkia, Dianthus, Dimorphotheca, English Daisy, Gazania, Godetia, Gypsophila, Gamolepis, Helichrysum,. Larkspur, Linaria, Linum, Marigold and many others. Besides the flower, different types of plants were also placed there those include Palims, Ferns, Dracaena, Ficus, Junipers, Leafy indoors, Vines, Asparagus, Schefflera, Kalanchoe, Euonymus, Flowering Shrubs 7 Begonia, Geranium, Scented Leaf Geranium, Pelargonium, Gerbera etc were on display at the flower show. A panel of judges on the occasion announced positions to the beautifully arranged spring flower in which CMH Rawalpindi took first KRL second, and AFIP got third positions in large organizations category. AIOU, Institute of Floriculture and Landscape, and COMSATS got first, second and third positions respectively in medium organization category. In small organizations category SPD stood first and SPARCO got second positions. In Hotel and Club category Islamabad Club got first position. In embassy category Indonesian Embassy stood first. In flower bed competition category Air Headquarter and PAF hospital stood first and second. Cut flower competition Institute of Floriculture & Landscape, Attock Refinery, and Air Headquarter got first, second and third positions.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Apr 4, 2011
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