Kolkata: The Parks & Gardens department of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is now laying special emphasis on the growth of seasonal flowers in its nurseries across the city, with the onset of winter.The move of the civic body comes in the wake of a number of flower exhibitions scheduled to be held in different parts of the city in the month of January and February. The flower exhibition season for KMC is likely to start early this time, with Trinamool Congress councillor of Ward 7 Bapi Ghosh scheduled to hold a Bird Fair (Pakhi Mela) on December 27-28 in his area. Seasonal flowers from KMC nurseries will be a prime attraction at the Bird Fair. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere are as many as 15 nurseries under KMC and more than eight of these grow quality flowers in winter to cater to the various flower shows held across the city. KMC, with its plethora of seasonal flowers take part in flower shows at state Assembly, Calcutta High Court and Agri Horticultural Society of India (AHSI) in Alipore to name a few. “Flower shows are held in all of the 16 boroughs of KMC during January and February. Member Mayor-in-Council (Solid Waste Management) Debabrata Majumder holds a flower show in his ward during the Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. All these exhibitions attract a lot of people and the variety in our collection is highly appreciated,” a senior official of the Parks & Gardens department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTala Park in North Kolkata also hosts a flower exhibition every year in the month of February. There are several competitions associated with the different flower shows and KMC has been winning prizes on a regular basis in the exhibitions. “We have a team of contractual gardeners who are engaged in our different plantation programmes throughout the year. We mobilise the better performing ones from this team. They put in extra time and effort in the nurseries to grow flowers. Proper nursing of flowers is of utmost importance, which includes timely exposure or non-exposure to sunlight, spraying of insecticides and other nitty-gritties,” the official added.