His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and members of the Royal Family graced the opening of the 4th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition at Thangzona in Punakha on April 25.
The exhibition this year celebrates Bhutan – India friendship, as the two countries mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. The Ambassador of India to Bhutan participated in the opening ceremony of the exhibition, which includes an Indian Garden developed by the Indian Embassy in Thimphu.
The Prime Minister, senior government officials, and foreign dignitaries also attended the opening.
The 4th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition is spread over 9.75 acres of the Thangzona ground adjacent to Punakha dzong. Government agencies, entrepreneurs, and international participants from India and Thailand have prepared the installations and theme gardens. The central monastic body, which resides in Punakha during the winter, also participated in the exhibition this year for the first time, along with two schools – Punakha Central School and Ugyen Academy.
The theme gardens developed for the exhibition include some that will remain a permanent feature of Thangzona following the exhibition.
A long-term plan to develop the landscape around Punakha Dzong has been developed by the agriculture ministry in consultation with the department of culture and Punakha dzongkhag administration. The activities will be carried out in phases following the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition 2018.
The ministry of agriculture manages the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, with the support and participation of a number of agencies, entrepreneurs, and international partners such as Thailand’s Royal Project Foundation.
The Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition was initiated upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King, and is aimed towards fostering an appreciation for beautiful public spaces, bringing together communities through public events, and providing a platform for entrepreneurship in floriculture and horticulture in Bhutan.
The first Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition was held at Paro Ugyen Pelri Palace in April 2015. Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, as the Royal Patron for the RBFE, works closely with the event each year.
In the morning, Their Majesties, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and members of the Royal Family, offered prayers at the Punakha dzong to observe Zhabdrung Kuchoe.