At Lalbagh, let out the gardening enthusiast in you

At Lalbagh, let out the gardening enthusiast in you

Five-day National Landscape Fest begins, but rain plays spoilsport

At Lalbagh, let out the gardening enthusiast in you
If you are a gardening enthusiast but do not have space in your house, all you need to do is stretch your imagination. A garden need not always be an abundant spread of land. It could be in the backyard, on the terrace or even in that little space next to the entrance door.

Presenting abundant ideas for gardening in urban spaces, the ‘National Landscape Fest 2015’ being organised by the Department of Horticulture, started at Lalbagh here on Wednesday. The five-day fest is a first-of-its kind event. Apart from tens of stalls selling gardening equipment, plants and seeds, the fest has such unique features as ‘Spiritual Gardening’.

This section features medicinal plants under different classifications such as ‘Navagraha Vana’ with plants like ‘Shami’, ‘Ashwatha’, ‘Arka’, ‘Palasha’ and ‘Doorva’, ‘Raashi Vana’ (named after zodiac signs), ‘Nakshathra Vana’ (after constellations), ‘Vinayaka Vana’ and ‘Panchavati Vana’.

That apart, bonsai plants, show plants and a range of vegetables, flowers and fruit gardens are also part of the demo. The fest is tailor-made for urban gardening enthusiasts.

Landscape architects have put together various ways in which gardens can be cultivated in a limited space.

Rooftop gardening, backyard gardening, raised bed gardening, container gardening and indoor gardening are just some of the ideas that have been displayed.

Incessant rain, however, played spoilsport for the fest and the number of visitors on the first day didn’t match the department’s expectations. Still, a good number of enthusiasts did turn up at the venue.

Chokkanath, a resident of Vidyaranyapura, said he had a terrace garden in his house and was looking at options for expanding it. “It (the fest) is very nice. They have a wide range of plants on sale here. But buying large quantities of them is not affordable for a common man,” he told Deccan Herald.

Stall managers felt the public response would have been much better if there was no rainfall.

Parthasarathy of Varsha Enterprises, which is selling an array of plants and other garden equipment, said that all their efforts had gone down the drain because of the rains. “Whatever efforts we put in to arrange the place went waste. The display area is full of slush. Still, a large number people are coming and buying the equipment,” he said. Self-watering panels (pots fixed to panels which need water refill once a fortnight), which can be installed anywhere in the house, are in huge demand, he added. The fest is on till November 15.
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