Samdrup Jongkhar Gears Up In Full Swing For The 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition
The exhibition will open on 21 February, to coincide with the birth anniversary of His Majesty The King.
By Kinley Wangchuk | BBS
The 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition (RBFE) will be held in Samdrup Jongkhar. The exhibition will open on 21 February, to coincide with the birth anniversary of His Majesty The King.
Coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest and a local committee chaired by the Samdrup Jongkhar Thrompon, various agencies from the government and private sectors, business community and armed forces are working to develop micro-gardens in strategic locations.
Known as the gateway to Eastern Bhutan, Samdrup Jongkhar is situated in the south eastern region of the country and shares borders with the Indian state of Assam.
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Currently, the preparations for the exhibition are in full swing. The stakeholders will develop 15 micro gardens on 9.75 acres of land.
Preparations for the exhibition started months ago
Headed by the Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde, the committee planted 1710 saplings of plants and flowers around the town on 10 January.
The saplings of plants that thrive in the southern climates such as the protulaca, poinsettia, begonia, Queen of Bhutan Rose, bougainvillea and bauhunia were granted to the Thromde as Soelra (Soelra refers to gifts given as a token of appreciation) by His Majesty The King.
The Queen of Bhutan was presented with a new variety of rose by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the couple's royal tour to Bhutan in 2016. The 'Queen of Bhutan Rose', was developed as a special gesture for His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen, who has been dubbed as the 'Kate Middleton of the Himalayas'.
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“We had our first stakeholders meetings in June last year and have been preparing for the exhibition since,” Thrompon Karma Sherab Thobgyal said.
“Over the last seven months, together with the stakeholders, we have prepared all the areas to keep it ready for the flower plantation. Other activities are also going on at the same time and everything will be ready by the end of this month,” he added.
Why is Samdrup Jongkhar selected to hold the 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition?
Samdrup Jongkhar has been chosen as the venue for the 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition in light of the historical and geographical 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 through the event, the flower exhibition also aims to stimulate the beautification of the town.
In line with this aim, the work for the flower exhibition includes the preparation of the main site, as well as the development of permanent gardens throughout Samdrup Jongkhar town to add to the beauty of the Thromde.
Origin of the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition
The Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition was first initiated in 2015 upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King.
Photo: Facebook/Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition
His Majesty’s message on the inauguration of the 1st Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition was:
“Where we live must be clean, safe, well-organised and beautiful, for national integrity, national pride and for our bright future. This too is nation building.”
Thus, the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition has been envisioned as an event, which could 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 throughout the country.
It also aims to promote the local economy, boost tourism and to encourage local businesses in floriculture.
This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.