Dogs are said to be man’s best friend, but plants are definitely his best caretaker. It has been proved that a person who lives among greenery is happier and lives a fuller life than those who don’t.
To inculcate a love for plants in the student the Green Heritage Eco-Club of St Francis Xavier’s School is organising the 27th Annual Festival of Plants and flowers.” Scheduled to be held from August 18 to August 20, in the school campus, the theme for this year’s festival is ‘Jack of all Treats’ – Jackfruit and its variants like soursop, breadfruit etc.
As part of the festival there will also be an exhibition of various plants, art and craft, traditional pottery and traditional Goan artifacts. Various interschool competitions, such as ‘biodiversity of jackfruits’, ‘patravali making’, ‘Food thali on patravali’, ‘fruit salad making’, ‘fruits for health drawing competition’ will be held.
As an added attraction there will also be an exhibition of caricatures of Goan Tiatrists by cartoonist Alexyz, who is also a founder-member of the festival. He will also be conducting a free caricature fun-shop for the students and art enthusiasts on August 18 at 3.30 p.m.
The festival will be inaugurated by the Director of Agriculture Nelson Figueredo at 11.30 a.m. On Sunday August 19, there will be a farmer’s workshop to enable people to learn the art of Jackfruit processing at 10 a.m.
Leading nurseries will also be a par t of the festival selling exotic plants and garden inputs on all three days.
(The exhibition will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on all the three days. For details call 9326102797 or office 2272245/30.)