Saturday, August 6, 2011


LALBAGH FLOWER SHOW-2011 - ಭಾರತ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಫಲ ಪುಷ್ಪ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ

I had visited the famous Independence Flower Show at Bangalore's Lalbagh on 05th August 2011, here are the some information and photographs of my visit.


Depicting peace, serenity and unity of religion, the replica of the Lotus Temple of New Delhi and the wheel of Konark Temple, Orissa, would be the main attractions of the show.

"The 20 feet high and 30 feet wide Lotus Temple replica will be placed at the centre of the Glass House. Two lakh carnations, 75,000 roses, tuberoses and more than and 10,000 ornamental leaves in varied colours would be used for its beautification

The Independence Day flower show will be held till August 15 at Labagh Botanical Garden

ಭಾರತ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಫಲ ಪುಷ್ಪ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ
ಸ್ಥಳ : ಲಾಲ್ ಬಾಗ್, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು.
ದಿನಾಂಕ : 05-08-2011 ರಿಂದ 15-08-2011
ಸಮಯ : ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ 9.00 ರಿಂದ ಸಂಜೆ 6.00 ಗಂಟೆಯವರೆಗೆ
Lalbagh is currently under the aegis of the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka. The Directorate is housed amidst the splendid environs of the botanical garden. Today it has been an internationally renowned centre for scientific study of plants and botanical artwork and also conservation of plants. Formal and informal styles dominate the garden in perfect harmony, which is a testimony to the beauty of nature. The garden extends lush green paradise with an area of 240 acres in the heart of the city. Nearly 673 genera and 1,854 species of plants are found in Lalbagh. The collection of the plants has made it a veritable treasure house of plants.

Some important things to see in Lalbagh are,

The Glass House
Kempegowda Tower
Lecture Hall
Lalbagh House
Pigeon House
Statue of Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar
The Directorate Building
Lalbagh West Gate Guard Room
The Museum
Deer Paddock
Aquarium building
Lalbagh lake

The garden is accessible through four gates. Vehicles are allowed only through the East gate towards the Double Road. There is ample parking space on entering through this gate. Vehicular movement inside the garden is restricted. Access to the Directorate of Horticulture and related offices is through the main gate. HOPCOMS, MHS and BNCS offices are easily accessible through the Double Road gate.

Biannual flower shows are organized every year in January and August on the occasion of the Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations respectively. Training in Horticulture, Post Harvest Technology and Mushroom cultivation, Classes in Ikebana and Bonsai are also conducted.


Lalbagh remains open daily from 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. throughout the year. Click here to see the official website for Lalbagh.

History of Lalbagh

Lalbagh Gardens was known Rose and Cypress Garden till 1856. King Hyder Ali’s father was in the service of Dilawar Khan, Viceroy of Mughuls. Dilawar Khan had a passionfor setting up many gardens across Mysore. Among them the famous ones are Moghul gardens at Sira near Tumkur, Lalbagh at Srirangapatna, a garden at Malavalli , Lalbagh Gardens in Bangalore.

The Lalbagh was originally a 40 acre land. Nurtured by Tipu Sultan, Hyder Ali’s son the garden had plants and saplings from Cape Town, Mauritius, Turkey Tenerife, Persia, Kabul and other places.

Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass House, modelled along London's Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction in this 2400 acre park. Bi-annual flower shows attracting participants from all over India is held in the Glass House.

After Tipu’s regime the garden was under the care of Major Waugh of Madras European Regiment who later handed over to the East India Company. Till 1812, Benjamin Heyne was in charge of the Botanical Gardens. He collected more than 350 species from Western Ghats and more than 200 species were named by him.

In 1858 onward, Mr. New, followed by Cameron and Javaraya, Krumbiegal and Marigowda and their team whose vision and effort have Lalbagh as what we see today. Cameron extended the 40 acres to 120 acres. Larger numbers of vegetable were introduced. The Glass House, a small replica of the crystal palace of London was built under the guidance of Prince of Wales. Edward Lear, English Poet visited the garden in dog cart in 1874. The Lalbagh tower, one of the 4 towers constructed by the King Kempe Gowda II in 1597 AD , marks the city’s boundary on the South of Bendakalooru (Bangalore now).

In July, 2003 it was decided that the Department of Horticulture and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) would jointly take up the development of Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens.

The structure was completely renovated and inaugurated by SM Krishna on Jan 15, 2004. Renovation details:

Cost Rs 5 crore
Renovation time 3 months
Glass: 60,000 tonnes, 3505 unbreakable panes
1,000 sq mtrs of galvanised steel
The 2.75 sq mts Glass House sandblasted using 75 microns of Zinc Chromide to prevent rusting.
325 gutters constructed along the eduges to drain out water.
Silicon gel 1,577 litres
Foundation stone laid by Diwan of Mysore Sir Mirza Ismail restored
75 lunx of illumination work done and special lighting that saves 40% energy put up inside
New benches made of cast iron with wooden frames constructed

Lalbagh Flower Show-2011 Independence day

Here begins the Annual flower show at Glass House, Lalbagh entertaining Bangaloreans and its neighbours with a range of local and international floricultural presentations.

For Independence day in 2008 the theme was Hampi, once the glory of Vijayanagar Empire. This year visitors will get to experience the Heritage of Hampi at the Garden City through the blossoms. The world famous stone chariot resurrected in flowers will showcase the history of Hampi and landscapes are made showing the Tungabhadra river.Our musical instruments in the form of Veena, tabla and violin etc are arranged in more than 500 species of flowers.

Flowers are the most important part of puja/worship depicts the traditional “Kalasha” and an Ugra Narasimha Statue. Our horticulturists from the Lalbagh HOPCOMS have made a Rainbow using the vibrant colours. Hundreds of orchids, zinnia, nastardium, crysantamums, daisies, marigold, cacti, fuchsia, jasmine, geranium single roses, dahlias, etc species of flowers are to be viewed. Not to mention the floating vegetable gardens are recreated at the Lalbagh Lake, resembling the Dal Lake, Kashmir.

How to reach : This year there will be only on entry to the visitors from KH Road (Double Road) and exit from South gate towards Jayanagar. Parking is available at the beginning of Double Road and also near the exit. Due to security reasons all vehicles and visitors are screened. Visitors are requested not to carry eatable and handbags to the park.

Entry Fee

Adults: Rs.30 on weekdays, Rs.40 on holidays
Children (6-12 years): Rs.10
Parking: Rs.150 on weekdays, Rs.200 on holidays
Video Camera: Rs.50
Still Camera: Rs. 20
Flower Show - Independence Day 2011
Show starts on August 5, 2011
Open from 9 am to 6 pm

January Session-Republic Day
Online Ticketing has been withdrawn
Entry fee: Rs 30 for adults (weekdays); Rs 40 on weekends, Rs 10 for children (under 12)
Jan 24 - free entry for school students from 8 am to 12 noon
Tickets can be bought from Lalbagh main gate, Double Road gate, Siddapura gate, Basavanagudi gate and 200 Hopcom centres.

Last year the show attracted 350,000 visitors, this time 600,000 are expected.

No plastic item will be allowed inside Lalbagh during the flower show.


Tickets will not be issued after 5 pm
No luggage or food items allowed
Scanning at entrance with meta detectors
Survellance cameras installed
Additonal police personnel deployed

Dinosaurs made of 50,000 flowers, mermaids of roses and 120 new species.
720 species will be displayed, of which 120 among them, including tulips, wax-flower, nebrane and rice-flower are introduced for the first time.
80 foreign species are likely to be the attraction this year.

Teddy bears, rabbits, fish, elephants and deer made of flowers will woo children.
Ikebana, Indian floral art, vegetable carving, Dutch flower arrangements, dry flowers, Thai art, Jannur and Bonsai shows will open on August 8 and 9.

100 stalls selling gardening gadgets and plants

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No buses allowed inside garden

Parking on KH Road
Vehicles have to enter Double Road gate and exit through Siddapura gate