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Government Botanical Garden thrills horticulturists from Philadelphia

D. Radhakrishnan
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History and salient features of garden explained to visitors

Having a close look:Members of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society at the Government Botanical Garden in Udhagamandalam on Tuesday.—Photo: Special Arrangement
Having a close look:Members of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society at the Government Botanical Garden in Udhagamandalam on Tuesday.—Photo: Special Arrangement

Among the thousands of tourists from various parts of India and abroad who visited the Government Botanical Garden (GBG) here on Tuesday, one group stood out.

While the majority of the visitors were going around in a hurried manner taking in as much as possible of the verdant garden sprawling over 55 acres, the discerning members of the group walked around slowly savouring the finer aspects of the Botanists’ Paradise.

The members, numbering 17, belonged to the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. Led by their Director Chela Kleibes, they were in the garden as part of a horticultural tour of India.

The history and salient features of the garden were explained to the visitors by the Assistant Director of Horticulture, V. Ramsundar. After visiting landmarks of the garden like the fern houses, glass houses, cyclamen house etc, they observed that it was a rare attraction that needs to be preserved well.

By way of marking their visit, the tourists from the historic city of Philadelphia, which is referred to as the City of Brotherly Love, donated a book which had been brought out to commemorate their 175th Flower Show.


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