That day was beautiful not only because I met friends from school but also because I visited the Horticulture Department. This place is situated on the Bannergatta Road, Bangalore, next to the Meenakshi Temple and Coconut Development Board. We were greeted by the security guard, and then by lots of trees - mango, coconut, chikoo, and others.
The first nursery that we saw had saplings of trees; you can purchase them. Further down the road, we saw the Herbs and Medicinal Plants nursery . Yes, you can purchase plants from here. The staff members are courteous and patient. They talk to you (unless they are busy). They like to share information. The nursery staff members are really sweet. Loved the experience of meeting them!
Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka, P.B.No.7648, Hulimavu, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore-560076.
Tel: 080-26582784, 080-26582775
Probably, we visited the place at an odd season, because most medicinal plants were dead or had pests or unkempt. But the seedlings or saplings that were for sale were healthy. As I scanned the nursery, I was disappointed to see insufficient soil or growing medium in the containers. A few plants were uprooted from the containers, and had well-grown snails in them. When I returned home with two Bromeliads, I quickly removed the snails and replanted the plants.
I saw some people buying plants without even checking its health. The criteria seemed to be the low cost of the plants. In my opinion, selecting a healthy plant is crucial. My reasoning is simple - Instead of taking home a plant that is priced lesser than anywhere else, I would pay a little more and take home a healthier plant, growing in a healthier soil.
When I went to pay the bill (of purchase), the person in charge (Mr. Chetan) and I struck a conversation, and he promised to show me their anthurium mother plant collection. I have to admire their collection! Unfortunately, the camera and mobile phone was with my husand who stayed back at the nursery. Otherwise, I would have shared the photos with all of you. I also saw rows of seedlings. Beautiful!
Well, I have only these photos for you. Probably when I visit them again, I will have an opportunity to click more photos and collect more information.
Karnataka State Horticulture Department
Preserving Native Vegetables Organically
Purple Capsicum or Black Tomatoes?
National Certification System for Tissue Culture Raised Plants
Horticulture Department's Annual Report (2004-05)
University of Agricultural Science