The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Garden & Horticulture Department held the first Karachi Marigold Festival at Frere Hall from Friday (today) to Sunday. Between 40,000 and 50,000 marigolds will be on display during the event.
A large number of nurseries as well as other related departments take part in this festival. Various stalls will also be set up for the event.
KMC administrator Laeeq Ahmed has asked people to attend the festival with their families and make it a success. He said a large number of marigolds had never been exhibited before at any festival in the city.
More than 40 parks in Karachi are under the administrative control of KMC. Garden & Horticulture Director Taha Saleem explains that in order to make the right decisions for city parks, he needs horticultural experts, so after serving as park director, he formed the Baghban Advisory Committee, “which is our core committee, our brain.”
He said the committee had horticultural experts, ecologists, soil experts and architects. “Every Monday we meet and discuss our long-term and short-term goals. Through this committee, the concept of this festival emerged. “The committee consists of media consultant Sheharyar Ali, member of the Pakistan Horticulture board Rafiul Haq, horticultural expert Tofiq Pasha, soil expert Dr Tahir, architects Faiz Qidwai and Tariq Alexander, UN representatives and other members.
Saleem gave an example that since the city was hit by a heat wave several years ago, residents were planting carelessly. “There is no planning; everyone had started planting wherever they wanted. We want to guide the public on how to do sustainable and long-lasting planting. “
He said through this festival they wanted to encourage seasonal planting. “We want people to realize that winter may not be the best time to plant, but it is the time to plant flowers like marigolds.”
He mentioned that after winter they plan to have another seasonal festival. Previously, he gave an example, because there were no mature decisions, the planting results were not good.
Saleem said preparations for the festival had started in October, but due to climate change, the timing of flowers fluctuated. “We’re telling people about planting this, and the private sector is getting on too. We hope to decorate the whole Frere Hall with marigolds.”
According to Ali from the supervisory committee, this festival is a revival of the KMC Department of Parks & Horticulture. “This will spread awareness about seasonal planting among the community.”
He explained that they had originally planned to plant trees, but after expert opinion decided to hold a marigold festival. He said the trees will be planted in the spring after consulting their technical committee.
He said that this year they had selected six main Karachi roads for planting, which students have also been involved in, adding that Sharea Faisal, Shahrah-e-Pakistan, Rashid Minhas Road, Malir Halt Road, University Road and Korangi Industrial Road had been surveyed. by students.
Ali said the survey results had been passed on to experts, and in April they planned to turn them green, adding that a list of about 100 native trees to be planted in different parts of the city had been prepared. “We moved from monoculture to tree planting.”
He also mentioned that there is a park ownership problem in the city, so to solve the problem they formed nine Baghban neighborhood committees.
He explained that their concept is to involve people from the neighborhood and community or regular park visitors. “Everything is voluntary. These committees are doing a wonderful job; they help us maintain the garden. “
He pointed out that park staff attendance and the performance of gardeners are also improving, saying that their target is to have a Baghban Environment Committee for each KMC park. “Anyone can be part of the committee; we have a WhatsApp group for each committee and I am also in the group. “
Meanwhile, Administrator Ahmed said that various companies and organizations are also taking part in the marigold festival. He has ordered his subordinates to provide all possible facilities to those who visit the program.
He said yellow and gold marigolds were winter gifts, adding that information about the flowers would also be provided to visitors to attract their interest.
He indicated that people’s interest would lead them to grow this flower in their homes and gardens. He hopes that this festival will become a role model and will be remembered by the public for a long time. KMC will hold this festival every year.