The 2nd Sikkim International Flower Show 2013 to be held from February 23, at the well-landscaped 10 acres Saramsa Gardens, 12 km from the state capital Gangtok in East Sikkim district.
The beautiful Himalayan state of Sikkim in North East India is adorned with serene mountains, lush greenery and scented orange orchards. The state is beautifully embroidered with varied flowers. Thanks to its refreshing climate and natural topography.
This year’s International Flower Festival will witness 15,000 different varieties of flowers, the floral extravaganza will be represented by 25 international flora companies, 30 national flora companies and 190 flower growers’ organisations in the state under one roof.
Sikkim is home to around 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 rare orchids, 60 primula species, 36 rhododendron species, 11 oak varieties, 23 bamboo varieties, 16 conifer species, 362 types of ferns and ferns allies, 8 tree ferns, and over 424 medicinal plants. A variant of the Poinsettia, locally known as “Christmas Flower”, can be found in abundance in the mountainous state. The orchid Dendrobium nobile is the official flower of Sikkim, while the rhododendron is the state tree.
The international participants and flower-growers who would showcase their floral cultivations in the five-day long festival includes Australia, New Zealand, Holland, US, Taiwan, Nepal and Thailand.