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TNAU Botanic Gardens gets a facelift

By A. A. Michael Raj

COIMBATORE, FEB. 11 . Renovation work is on in full swing at the Botanic Gardens of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), in view of the flower show to be organised on February 26 and 27.

Stretching over 55 acres of fertile land, it is one of the largest in the region, apart from the one in Udhagamandalam. "It is probably the biggest in the plains and draws students of botany from colleges nearby, and also from Kerala," the Professor and Head, Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, Horticultural College and Research Institute, TNAU, M. Jawaharlal, told The Hindu .

Workers have been busy carrying out repairs to the structures inside the garden, cleaning up ponds, clearing away dead branches and carrying out repair work so that everything is ready by the time the flower show opens.

One of the prominent features in the garden is the `Cascade' built in the ancient British style, providing viewers an enchanting view of clear water gently gurgling and gushing through a 100-metre-long open channel.

Those who had designed the garden had taken great care to carry out landscaping and planting in such a way that the entire place would be self-sufficient with respect to water. This would also ensure that it was easy to water the lawns and protect the rare species of plants, throughout the year.

Seven fountains located at strategic points in the garden present a pleasing sight when switched on during special occasions when visitors turn up in large numbers, especially in the evenings.

These fountains have been cleaned and repaired, and tested for proper functioning.

"The Children's Park has been renovated, and some extra structures added. Any extra money we make from the Flower Show will be spent to further improve the park," said Prof. Jawaharlal. Another feature that has been receiving attention is the unique `Sunken garden', a rectangular structure with a pond in the centre, and `planted areas' in three tiers. Footpaths along the middle of each tier enable visitors to walk around the pond and admire the floating flowers.

The entire structure is 24 metres long, 18 metres broad and 4.5 metres deep, making it a singular attraction for those interested in landscaping and developing small gardens.

Identification labels

To enable visitors identify trees and plants, workers are busy sprucing up the labels that display the common name, the botanical name and the family name. Those who turn up for the flower show will also be able to carry home ornamental plants, for the university plans to sell a large number of them at its sales centre.

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