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Mughal Gardens to open for public viewing on Friday

PTI2_11_2016_000145B President Pranab Mukherjee waves from the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan during its press preview in New Delhi on Thursday | PTI
  • The prime attraction of the gardens are tulips and primulas, which have been in bloom since the second week of January. Around 12,000 tulips in vivid colours are expected to bloom in phases up to February 25.

The Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which includes many varieties of flowers that are not native to India, will open for its annual public viewing on Friday.

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Udyanotsav, or the viewing period, on Friday. The gardens will remain open from February 12 to March 19. For special categories, the garden will be open on March 20.

The prime attraction of the gardens are tulips and primulas, which have been in bloom since the second week of January. Around 12,000 tulips in vivid colours of red, pink, purple, white and combinations of orange and red are expected to bloom in phases up to February 25, 2016.

“The tulips have been grown from bulbs flown in from the Netherlands and grown in controlled conditions,” said Upendra Kukrety, officer on special duty to the president for horticulture.

Among the other floral attractions are lady’s purse or Calceolaria herbeohyrida—in yellow and red, prim rose and the ice plant. Besides, the gardens boast 135 varieties of rose, which include some heritage varieties.

Floral carpets in elaborate designs will also be on display in the central lawns. The dominant colour scheme of this year’s ornamental flowers are yellow, red and orange.

A small cactus corner will be part of the Mughal Gardens display. An exhibition stall will also showcase organic fresh vegetables and fruits grown in the President’s Estate Organic Farm.

A total of 4.68 lakh people visited the gardens in 2015, said Venu Rajamony, press secretary to the president. In 2012, 6.57 lakh people visited the gardens, and it is a record number so far, he said.

The President’s Estate covers an area of over 154 hectares. Of these, 139 hectares are covered with about 5,000 trees, lawns and open spaces. The Mughal Gardens, spread over 15 acres, is known as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. The gardens are inspired by the Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir, the garden around the Taj Mahal as well as Persian and Indian miniature paintings.

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