To impart expert gardening skills and techniques to its gardening staff and create a pool of resources in the field, the New Delhi Municipal Council's School of Gardening at Purana Qila Road was inaugurated on Wednesday.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the school in the presence of NDMC chairman Parimal Rai and senior civic body officials.

The school would work with experts in related fields and various institutions to offer talks, guest lectures, presentations, field demonstrations and visits to various gardens and nurseries as well as short courses and workshops giving gardeners of all levels a platform of transferable skills and knowledge.

The school would initially run on part time basis and the participating institutions would include Bougainvillea Society of India and Rose Society of India.

An NDMC official said: “The NDMC maintains some of the most important parks, gardens and other urban green spaces of the country including Lodi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden and vistas such as Shanti Path, colony parks and roundabouts. It requires high degree of skills and continuous efforts to maintain these greens which involve multifarious activities and streams of horticulture.”