The All India Kitchen Garden Association (AIKGA) is organising its annual two day Vegetable, Fruit and Flower show with the theme ‘Gardening for Health and Happiness ‘ and focus on ‘Eco Friendly Gardening’ on March 5-6, 2016 at JCO Club, A Block, Defence Colony.

“This year AIKGA has shifted the focus and theme of the show on health benefits of gardening as more people are becoming concerned about the quality of their food and recognize the physical, mental, and even spiritual benefits of connecting with nature through gardening . The health benefits of gardening include exercise, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure and getting fresh air . Similarly Eco-friendly gardening as this trend is becoming popular world wide for growing vegetables ,fruits and fish round the year.” said Ms Bella Gupta, Secretary, All India Kitchen Garden Association (AIKGA) .

“ Ms Ameena Jung, spouse of hon. Lt Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung will inaugurate the Festival on March 5 and Ms Saumya Gupta, MD & CEO, Delhi Tourism will give away the prizes on March 6”said Ms Gupta.

“Grass lawns in houses and offices often require chemicals and frequent maintenance. The concept of eco-friendly gardening which including replacing the grass lawn with native wildflowers, bushes, and trees provides the food, shelter, and cover that help to maintain healthy, natural eco-systems and reduces one’s time, cost and labour working on the lawn” said Mrs Gupta.

“Gardening holds the key to improved mental health, stress relief, and much-needed exercise in a world where most of us spend our days sitting in front of computers in artificially lit rooms. Eco-gardening includes concept of encouraging growth of birds and bee friendly plants, use of home grown compost and used tea fertilizers, use of discarded plastic bottles and containers, rain water harvesting, use of Aquaponics (growing plants along with fish) . Besides eco gardening, the festival will also focus on roof top farming ,which helps provide the decorative benefit, food, temperature control, hydrological benefits and architectural enhancement” said Mrs Gupta

The other highlights of the spring festival will Spot Live Demo’s ,vegetable fruit display competition , painting competition for children , session on eco gardening, sale of garden related items, farm fresh vegetables, seeds and plants for summers. Various chapters of the association in Delhi and National Capital Region will be presenting whole range of nutrition food and related recipes to meet the needs of changing lifestyle.

Bella Gupta – 9810021628