Grand Hotel, first in flower show
The country's premier tourist destinations the Grand Hotel, Nuwara
Eliya once again was awarded the first place in the April Blooms flower
show which was concluded at the Victoria Park, here.
Several competitors both in the commercial and home gardens
participated where the Governor of the Central Province Tikiri
Kobbekaduwa and Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, and several other
Ministers were present.
A large crowd which included holiday makers, foreign tourists, and
others were present, during the April festivities.
The show was organised by the Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council, under
the chairmanship of Mayor Chandanalal Karunaratne.
Addressing a large and distinguished gathering which included a
number of horticulturists, and home gardeners, Governor Kobbekaduwa,
said that he was in a position to participate in this annual flower show
for three consecutive years and was delighted to see the array of
beautiful flowers exhibited, in addition to the large development of the
city limits. And all thanks should go to the Mayor and the Nuwara Eliya
Municipal Council. He further added that the city of Kandy should take a
lesson from Nuwara Eliya.
The Governor said that he intends to organise a similar flower show
in Kandy for the benefit of the horticulturists and home gardeners.
The Governor said that Nuwara Eliya figured as an important city in
terms of major tea cultivations, exotic vegetables and the centre for
tourism, which in turn brought in colossal amounts of foreign exchange
to the country.
At the prize awarding ceremony the Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake,
who was the Chief Guest congratulated the Grand Hotel, for the
magnificent flower garden it has maintained by the management headed by
General Manager Palaka D.L. Perera, and the team of its workforce headed
by garden supervisor Mrs. V. Parameswary.
Mayor Chandanalal Karunaratne thanked its officials, and the State
for all the assistance extended towards making the April season a