It's a little hard to believe that it is the same place where you had those hot, yummy masala dosas. The area that once housed one of the most popular drive-in restaurants in the city has gone almost completely green now.

A beautiful botanical garden is getting ready in the heart of the city. It is nearly two years after the Horticulture Department started work on the botanical garden near the Anna flyover.

Saplings from all over the country and abroad have made their way into this garden, which seeks to be a plant-lover's paradise. Very soon, Bonsai plants and some rare cacti from China, and water lilies from Thailand, will be brought to the city to adorn the garden.

Sources in the department said work is going on swiftly and the garden is likely to be opened to the public by September.

The compound wall made of cut bricks and cement slabs with a tinge of green grass playfully peeping out from the gaps is bound to grab the visitors' attention.

In addition to the upcoming butterfly park (only the nets have to be put), the rock garden, the children's play area and the food court, a small amphitheatre is coming up on the premises where performances can be held.

A small cascade is being planned near the rock garden and the water would be channelled into a pond near the bamboo garden.

The garden also has about 80 trees, a couple of them nearly 100 years old, sources said. The trees, that were even previously part of the premises, are being retained.

Sri Green Makerss, a company specialising in landscaping, is the contractor for the project and is taking care to make the garden aesthetically appealing. Earlier this week, Agriculture Minister Veerapandi Arumugam visited the garden and inspected the work.

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Meera SrinivasanJune 28, 2012

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