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02-04-2017 18:00 | Read 193 times

Spring time double act

GREEN-fingered Lapta artist Hikmet Uluçam is extending an invitation to visit his glorious wildflower garden and landscape photography exhibition, 2nd Cyclamen Plus.

Spring time double act

By ANNE CANALP

The dual display opens today at 2pm and will be “in bloom” until Saturday, April 8.

The Paphos-born Near East University fine arts lecturer opened his spectacularly multi-coloured but fleeting springtime show for the first time last year after tending the field of cyclamen, endemic tulips and anemones for 30 years.

Visitors may also browse an exhibition of 26 photographs of Cyprus landscapes from his archive.

Mr Uluçam said: “Everyone is welcome to pop in from 2-5pm today or on any day except Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-5pm until Saturday, April 8.

“It is an inspiring sight, especially on a sunny day, but it will only last for two weeks.”

He added that the winter wildflower garden of white and yellow ranunculus, red and purple anemones, three species of cyclamen and over 600 Tulipa Cypria required no watering.

Visitors may also enjoy his 35-year collection of 500 species of cacti which include a five-metre-tall euphorbia, many types of opuntia and an ancient mother-in-law’s tongue which he grew from seed 35 years ago.

Mr Uluçam said: “The cacti are always there and continue to fascinate me. This year I am selling packets of my seeds so that my visitors can start their own collections.

“The endemic tulips and cyclamen should be planted at the end of the summer, but there are mixed cactus seeds which should be planted quite soon, before the start of the summer.”

The impressive collection gave its name to his rustic home, the Cactus Gardens Art Gallery, at 64 İsmail Beyoğlu Caddesi on the corner of the Başpınar road and the road to the Lapta Huzur Evi (old people's home).

More information and further directions may be obtained by phoning Mr Uluçam on 0533 866 0057.

Photos by Susie FORSTER

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