RAWALPINDI - The Spring Flower Show concluded at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAUR) here on Saturday. This show provided the residents of the twin cities a fascinating opportunity to have glimpses of charming colours and fragrance of spring season. It was organised by the PMAS-AAUR Department of Horticulture, in collaboration with the Islamabad Horticultural Society in which the spring and seasonal flowers of more than 3,000 of 150 types were displayed. More than 30 institutes participated in the event and put the flowers from their respective nurseries on display. More than 120 students of different schools, colleges and universities also participated in dry and fresh flower and cut flower arrangements categories. The flowers were placed in the forms of bed, national flag, pie shapes, pyramids and arranged in a way to convey messages of peace, Dil Dil Pakistan, patriotism, and Quaids motto Unity, Faith and Discipline to attract the lovers of nature of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, Member Operation and Planning Higher Education Commission (HEC), was the chief guest on the occasion. He appreciated the efforts of the Department of Horticulture PMAS-AAUR for organising such a colourful event. He said that the importance of flowers could not be described in words rather it could well be felt by the nature-lovers and was also increased the interest of the nature among those who remained estranged from such environment. At the end of the ceremony, chief guest distributed prizes and shields among the winners. Earlier, Prof Dr Nadeem Abassi, Chairman Department of Horticulture in his welcome address said that Department of Horticulture was dedicated to develop production technology and varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers suitable for Potohar region and other arid areas. He informed that the faculty of department was always available to the farmers and others stakeholders of the horticulture industry. People from twin cities visited Arid varsity to see the show and showed their appreciation and pleasure of the flower display. They said that it was a healthy activity and they are so pleased to see hundreds of shades of colours of spring at one place. Residents of the twin cities hoped that PMAS-AAUR would organised such type of event in future as well. A large number of visitors from different segments of society, especially, the students of different institutions and women expressed their keen interest and curiosity in getting information about the stall of PMAS-AAUR Dept of Entomology. The department exhibited diverse species and preserved forms of insects and provided information to the visitors on a wide variety of insects both beneficial and the harmful ones. Numerous species of preserved insects concerning national and international fauna like butterflies, moths, beetles, pollinators and specifically various major predator and parasites of insects pests were displayed. Carefully preserved this extraordinary and colourful collection of insects became a great source of enthusiasm and fervour for the guests. Additionally, a live display of silkworm and ladybird beetles in their natural habitats was also exhibited to reveal their role as beneficial insects. The variety of flowers included tulip lust, daffodils, oxeye daisies, dianthuses, thymes oxeye daisies, daylilies, dianthuses, pink evening primroses azaleas, irises, rose mallows, shamrocks, hyacinths, snowflakes, violets, cornflowers, columbine, lotus, marigold, rose, bougainvillea, orchid, pansy, phalaenopsis, rudbeckia fulgida, grape hyancyth, cernedia, butter cup, daisy and many others. Besides the flower, different types of plants were also placed there those included ferns, palms, dracenas, ficus, asparagus, evanymus and schelfera.