Mughal Gardens to open from February 15
- Excessive rains wreak havoc in several states, 81 die due to flood
- Govt, Congress in war of words ahead of all-party meet
- Malaysia seeks help in finding more possible MH370 debris
- Sushma Swaraj has committed no crime: Parrikar on Lalit Modi case
- Congress hits back at Mahesh Sharma over his 'no work, no pay' remark
Spring will be at its best at the Mughal Gardens as floral walls of Dahlias and little 'China oranges' will welcome visitors to the historic lawns in the Rashtrapati Bhavan from Friday.
President Pranab Mukherjee will open the bedecked 15-acre garden with umpteen rows of blooming flowers and the general public can visit the lawns till March 17 between 10am-4 pm.
The Mughal Gardens, opened to public every year this time, will have the main attraction of close to 2,500 Dahlias flanked by trees of little 'China oranges' in every nook and corner of the geometrical lawns meticulously brought up by a team of 35 dedicated gardeners of the President's Estate.
"The main attraction this year is the floral wall of Dahlias, more than 8-feet in height which will be resplendent in their colour when the visitors start arriving. The indigenous soft 'doob' grass has been laid on the grounds," Officer on Special Duty (Horticulture) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Nigam Prakash said while interacting with reporters during a preview of the lawns.
A variety of flowers like Roses, Dahlia, Calendula, Gerbera, Linaria, Larkspur, Gaznia, Verbena, Viola, Pansy Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Marigold, Salvia and many more would welcome a host of visitors who recorded 6.5 lakh footfalls in one month in 2012.
"President Pranab Mukherjee has initiated a host of new steps to make the Rashtrapati Bhavan accessible for the general public. Apart from regular visitors, there will be special days for the visits of farmers, differently abled persons and defence and paramilitary personnel," Press Secretary to the President Venu Rajamony said.