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Lush gardens out of arid land

The Indus International School has created verdant gardens out of what was once dry land, in the belief that children respect and preserve beauty.

RAGHAVA M.

A THING OF BEAUTY: Trees and flowers everywhere.

A THING OF BEAUTY: Trees and flowers everywhere.  

The 40-acre campus of Indus International School, Sarjapur, 30 kilometres from the city centre, has become an "oasis in the desert" by converting what was arid land into a lush green garden. In recognition of its efforts, the Mysore Horticulture Society has given the school the first prize in its category for the third consecutive year and presented it four trophies.

In a short time, sandy undulations have been turned into sprawling lawns with shrubs ranging from bright lime green to deep emerald. The finely manicured landscape is dotted with flowers in yellow, white, pink and purple. The birds have come back to the area and the bees and butterflies hover over colourful cups of hibiscus. The tender green branches of the young trees now provide shelter for multi-hued birds. The priority given by Indus School to the greening of the campus is an outward expression of the belief that children will respect and preserve something beautiful.

"It is our belief that the natural environmental must be preserved along with our inroads into the rural landscape'' says

T.P. Vasanth, Managing Trustee, a garden enthusiast himself. By providing garden space and maintaining it around the year, children assimilate more than the colour and the variety of fauna.

With each tree and plant labelled, the garden is a repository for studies in botany and a natural still life for fine arts studies. The school authorities feel that a well-maintained garden can provide learning experience to the students which can last a lifetime.

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