“Micro gardening” is the theme for the 3rd Royal Bhutan flower exhibition, which will be held this year in Thimphu at the National Memorial Chorten. It will open on 4th June coinciding with Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen’s 27th birth anniversary.
“Participants will demonstrate types of flowers that can be grown in micro garden and the ones can be grown inside a house,” said Agriculture Minister, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. “All participants will be presenting various types of flowers, both perennial (more than once in a year) and annual (once in a year) to visitors.”
The other aim, according to the minister is to reduce the import of flowers, and this year, most of the flowers are cultivated from the seeds imported before.
Preparations have begun and the statue of Choepi Lhamo inside the memorial chorten complex is being dismantled from its present location and will be rebuilt on the east side in a better way.
Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said that the toilets are being renovated with a fund of Nu 1.8 mn from the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Storm-water drains near the toilets will also be covered with slabs. “A private contractor volunteered to construct a wall just outside the chorten as Zhabto and we will be constructing a pedestrian friendly entry gate which will be wheelchair accessible,” the Thrompon said.
He also said that they will be using funds from Thromde’s budget and will ask for additional funds if required for the preparatory works.
Participants from Japan, India and Thailand will be taking part in the exhibition.
Agriculture Minister Yeshi Dorji said this year’s exhibition is dedicated to the Late Third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. “This year is the 45th year after the Late Third Druk Gyalpo left the nation. The Memorial Chorten is the monument, dedicated to the Third Druk Gyalpo, and so we have specifically chosen the Memorial Chorten for the exhibition,” he said.