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Looking for a plant for that sunny corner? Here’s where you should go

The 10-day Horticulture Fair organised by of the Association of People with Disability at Kyalasanahalli began onThursday.— Photo: SAURAV KUMAR
The 10-day Horticulture Fair organised by of the Association of People with Disability at Kyalasanahalli began onThursday.— Photo: SAURAV KUMAR

The five-acre campus of the Association of People with Disability (APD) at Kyalasanahalli here was decked up for the 10-day plant fair on Thursday, with customers making a beeline for the huge collection of shrubs, creepers, ferns, grass, spices, orchids, and fruits and flowering plants.

The lush ambience was home to more than 400 species of plants and the choice ranged from a modest Rs.10 for daisy to as high as Rs. 2,500 for ladies slipper orchid.

“These plants have been nurtured by the severely disabled members over time,” said APD programme manager Yashodha Patil at the inauguration here Thursday, which coincided with the valedictory of the silver jubilee celebration.

‘Beautiful oasis’

Earlier, inaugurating the plant fair, Prashant Bhatt, a landscape architect, said: “It is good to see barren land change into a beautiful oasis here. I congratulate all the members who worked hard to achieve this ecosystem.”

Giving a brief insight of the organisation, K.N. Gopinathan, director – programmes, APD, said: “We work towards making our students self-employed and help them get back to their families. It is important for everyone to motivate [persons with disabilities] to achieve their potential.”

The day was also marked several cultural programmes. Sathish Popanna, a student, said: “I had rehearsed over the past one week for my supporting role in a skit. I am happy I was able to [pull it off without a hitch].”

The address

The fair is being held at APD’s Horticulture Training Centre, near Dattatreya Temple, Doddagubbi, Kothanur Post, Kyalasanahalli. It is open on all days, including Saturday and Sunday, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Call 9611318115/ 9481426600/ 080-28445384.

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