News Bureau – Simran Chugh
Mughal Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan will reopen on Sunday, visitors for the first time will see roses named after the Indian President and his wife, next to ‘Abraham Lincoln’, ‘Christian Dior’, and Queen Elizabeth’.
‘Pesident Pranab’, a crossbred variety of rose which was planted last month along with another variety of rose named ‘Suvra Mukherjee’, will blossom in spring.
The garden spread over 15 acres growing around 140 varieties of roses named after renowned world leaders, including British Monarch Queen Elizabeth, American presidents- Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy, first Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru, legendary French fashion designer Christian Dior, and Mahabharat characters Arjun and Bhim. Two other varieties are called ‘Taj Mahal’ and ‘Eiffel Tower’.
‘’By the first week of March, both plants will start blooming. ‘President Pranab’ will have a yellow flower, while ‘Surva Mukherjee’ will produce a combination of purple and pink flower. These species are developed by two West Bengal – based agriculturists, Ashok Maity, UD Kukreti, OSD, horticulture, at Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
The naming of the new variety of rose is done after the consent of the person, after whom a cultivator wants to dedicate his product. It also requires an approval of the ‘Indian Rose Foundation’ and ‘American Rose Society’ which decides the final recognition.
Apart from roses, there are around 14,000 tulips and 60 types of bougainvilleas are grown here with more than 70 varieties of other seasonal flowers, said Venu Rajamony, President’s press secretary.
The other centre of attractions this year are 30 air purifying plants, flower walls and floral inscriptions – ‘India’ and ‘Jai Hind’.
The spiritual, herbal, bonsai, and musical garden will open from February 5 to March 12 between 9:30 am to 4 pm (except on Mondays).
‘’Pranab Mukherjeewill inaugurate the garden, as part of the ‘Udyanotsav’, on Satuday. The garden will open exclusively on March 10 for Farmers, differently abled persons, defence/paramilitary forces and Delhi Police personnel,’’ added Rajamony.