Karachi: The 63rd Pakistan Flower Show 2014 opened on Thursday evening at DHA Seaview Public Park. A colourful ceremony was held on the occasion in which flower loving enthusiasts and organizations/groups who won the flower competition in various categories were awarded trophies and prizes.
Commander 5 Corps and President Executive Board DHA Lt. Gen Sajjad Ghani was the chief guest of the function.
The Annual Flower Show was arranged by Horticultural Society of Pakistan (HSP) in collaboration with DHA and Cantt Board Clifton (CBC). The venue of the show presented an exquisite view of colour and beauty with fragrance of flowers adding to the ambience of the scene. Naval Band played its melodies to give a festive mood to the environment.
Speaking on the occasion Lt. Gen Sajjad Ghani lauded the efforts of Horticulture Society of Pakistan (HSP) for organizing a splendid floral show. He said that the effort of HSP in giving cleaner and greener environment to Karachi was commendable. He added that flowers reflected natural beauty and left indelible marks of creative charm on human mind. He emphasized that competition like flower show was a lively activity and helped in promotion of positive and health trends in society.
President Horticultural Society of Pakistan, Faheem Siddiqui in his welcome address outlined the activities of his organization in promoting horticultural awareness in society. He said that HSP was actively engaged in beautifying the environment of the metropolis.
Veteran Chairman of HSP, Lt Gen (R) Jehanzeb Arbab termed love of flowers as the essence of life. He said that flowers reflected natural beauty and such natural spots like gardens, parks and open grounds must be beautified as they provided aesthetic delight to the people and had a soothing effect on their nerves.
A large number of individuals, organizations, amateurs and professionals participated in the flower show in various categories. Defence Authority Zamzama Park, CBC Hilal Park and CBC Rahat Park got first prizes in the categories of large, medium and small parks. In the category of beautification of spots, DHA Gizri Hilltop got the first prize while Getz Pharma Round About was second in the category.
Flag Staff House got first prize in official bungalows (large) gardens, Station Commander’s House in official bungalows (small) gardens, Sindh Club in club gardens (large), Karachi Boat Club in club garden (small) and DHA Tooba Masjid in mosque garden got the first prize in their respective categories. College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan got first prize in institute gardens and DHA Degree College For Men got first prize in colleges/universities gardens respectively.
DHA won the first position of the Flower Show competition and was awarded the coveted Abdul Sattar Pirzada Trophy. Administrator DHA, Brig Muhammad Abdullah and President HSP, AK Khan were also present on the occasion.
The Floral Show will remain open for the general public till Sunday.