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Last month’s Bahrain International Garden Show offered plenty to inspire and educate visitors

PG Wodehouse believed “Flowers are happy things”. He would have liked last month’s Bahrain International Garden Show, which played host to a number of stands that were stylish and inspiring (the Greenview show garden was a vision in pink and green) and which included plenty of flowers.

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There were orchids grown here in Bahrain by City Garden, alongside imported specimens and other leafy house plants. Among the flowering shrubs to tempt shoppers were productive plants – the Hejair Garden display, for example, showcased sweetly scented citrus shrubs in flower and in fruit. Plants grown for food were evident throughout; the rainbow wall installation in the Kingdom Projects garden was constructed from a gamut of fruit and vegetables.

In the Awareness Zone, a display by the Royal Court showed visitors it is possible to grow food even if they have no outdoor space. This show garden incorporated planters made from old tyres spray-painted white, and a shed-like container installed with a hydroponics system. Nearby was the handsome installation by the University of Bahrain, highlighting some of its plant-related projects currently in research; while the Agriculture and Marine Resource Agency mesmerised adults and children alike with live examples of the Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus), which the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations describes as one of the world’s major invasive pest species.

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This gloomy item sounded a solitary note of sadness – most of this show was concerned with happy-making flowers and plants and pretty merchandise, among which were ravishing baby clothes and embroidered table linen by new company Maison Mariessa, and tactile accessories in concrete by Grey Mint.

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