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G.S. Randhawa
G.S. Randhawa

Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: Renowned horticulturalist G.S. Randhawa is in the midst of his dream project — creation of a ‘spiritual garden’ — at the Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort at Kodumbu here.

The garden, which comprises flowers of seven colours, medicinal plants and herbs, is meant to improve spiritual health of the patients. At a Delhi hospital, it was found that patients whose beds faced such a garden recovered more quickly. This prompted him to try the same at Kairali.

At 88, the sprightly scientist derives immense pleasure in carving out gardens from waste land.

He wants to “acquire more knowledge to serve others.” India’s neighbours too have enjoyed his service. Dr. Randhawa was the Horticultural Advisor to the Government of Nepal from 1959-65 and Director of Agriculture in Bhutan from 1965-70. He served as the Director of Horticulture in the Union government from 1950-59.

Dr. Randhawa, who was honoured with the Padma Bhushan this year, has developed three new varieties of roses which were released by then President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy. He has also developed a bougainvillea variant, titled ‘G.S. Randhawa.’

Several well-known parks and gardens in Delhi were designed by him. The historic ‘Jallianwala Bagh’ garden too owes its present look to him.

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