The history of the flower show that is now credited to be a show-stopper of the South dates back to 1896 when it was first organised by the Nilgiri Agricultural Society. The first flower show was inaugurated by the then Collector and Chairman of the Agricultural Society, Mr.J.H.Tremenhere. And ever since the vibrant horticultural displays are put up on show every year in the month of May.
The government however acquired the show in the year 1980 and celebrated the centenary in 1995. The elaborate arrangements served as a feast to the gardening enthusiasts. The centenary year also saw the birth of the mindboggling rose garden consisting of four terrace in a sprawling area of 4 Hq. The garden, one of its kind in the South has never failed to lure large number of tourists, both domestic and foreign.
Besides exhibiting the floral feasts, the flower show also engages in creating awareness among the flower growers, garden lovers and the farming community by conducting a garden competition. The competition also ropes in Estate Gardens, Private Cottage Gardens, Public Gardens besides the gardens coming under various other categories. On an average, every year, nearly 200 gardens vie with each other to bag the "Best Garden" title and win prizes. The competiton is usually held before the flower show begins.
A highlight of the flower show is that every year around 10,000 flower pots are put up on display and this apart from the 1500 flower pots that are placed by the competitors. The show is a cynosure with 150 varieties of flowers in different hues decorating the landscape.
On the D-day, about 250 exhibitors participate in various categories and several government departments and voluntary organisations also display their talen. More than 50 varieties of potted plants are exhibited by competitors and over 150 varieties of cut flowers sport a soothing display to the vision.
Various kinds of tropical and temperate vegetables are also exhibited by the growers for the competitions. Floral decorations, Indian and Japanese flower arrangements, vegetable carving, flower rangoli, bonsai etc., are some of the major attractions during the show days. The exclusive cut flower stalls from the private and public gardens also serve as a feather to the cap.