India: Gardeners in Srinagar preparing for next year's Tulip garden festival

Gardeners in Srinagar have scaled up their preparations for the next year's Tulip garden festival there. Speaking to ANI, a gardener at Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip garden at Cheshmashahi in Srinagar, Nazir Ahmad said, "As of now, we are harvesting seeds of the ones we have sown. We do harvesting, threshing, winnowing and storing activities to make these tulip bulbs bloom. We keep them protected till the next season. Again, we prepare flower beds for the next season and this process continues over the year."

Another gardener, Mohamad Shafi said, "You can see, as of now, we are doing post harvesting of seeds. It is very important step. We preserve the seeds in cold storage to avoid fungus. It is not an ordinary job and requires a lot of manpower. Officers also come here to keep a check on a regular basis." The officials highlighted the importance of protecting this garden and lauded the preparations done by the gardeners for the upcoming Tulip festival that is held annually in Srinagar.

Tulip Festival is an annual celebration that aims to showcase the range of flowers in the garden as a part of tourism efforts by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. It is organized during the onset of spring season in the Kashmir valley. The best time to visit the Tulip Garden is between March-end and early April.

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