A committee headed by the Samdrupjongkhar Thromde planted 1710 saplings of plants and flowers around the town, in preparation of the 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, which is to be held in Samdrupjongkhar.
The saplings of plants that thrive in the southern climates, including protulaca, poinsettia, begonia, Queen of Bhutan Rose, bougainvillea, and bauhunia, among others, were granted to the Thromde as Soelra from His Majesty The King.
The 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition will be held in Samdrupjongkhar. The committee responsible for the 5th RBFE has decided to inaugurate the exhibition on the 21st of February, coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The King.
Samdrupjongkhar was chosen as the venue for the 5th RBFE in light of the historic and geographic importance of the border town, which serves as one of the gateways to the country. Besides promoting the local economy in floriculture and supporting small businesses though the event, the flower exhibition also aims to galvanize town beautification.
In line with this aim, work for the flower exhibition includes preparation at the main exhibition site, as well as development of permanent gardens throughout Samdrupjongkhar town to add to the beauty of the Thromde.
Coordinated by the MOAF and a local committee chaired by the Samdrupjongkhar Thrompon, government agencies, local government, corporations, private organizations, the business community and armed forces are working to develop micro gardens in strategic locations. The stakeholders will develop fifteen micro gardens of various sizes totaling to an area of 9.75 acres.
The Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition was initiated in 2015 upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King. His Majesty’s message on the inauguration of the 1st Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition was:
“Where we live must be clean, safe, well-organized and beautiful; for national integrity, national pride and for our bright future. This too is nation building.”
Thus, the RBFE is envisioned as an event which would foster an appreciation and pride in the community for aesthetic spaces that are well cared for, resulting in the development of beautiful towns and cities in Bhutan. It also aims to promote local economy, boost tourism, and encourage local businesses in floriculture.