Enchanting Garden

February 17, 2017 / Jayanthi Sridhar

Morning walks are beautiful.When you see the energy and enthusiasm of people who walk, it peps up your walk and your day! We try to shed our lethargy on weekends and step out for a walk, With a spring in our steps and a song in our hearts, we walk and talk and walk a little more.

We are always on the lookout for verdure spaces in the vicinity.On one such quest, we walked into the enchanted garden.A diaphanous beam of light slanting through trees and grass made everything underneath look wise with hallowed fringes.Pretty flowers, painstakingly tended to by the gardeners, old trees with gnarled branches, prop roots dangling from the wide banyan, young trees, tall trees and trees in bloom – a magnificent sight!

What is the history behind this beautiful place?We simply had to look up for more information about this garden.Here’s what we found: The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was started initially as a private garden in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali, one of the most famous rulers of old Mysore in 1760.

Lalbagh gardens were commissioned by the 18th century and over the years it acquired India’s first lawn-clock and the subcontinent’s largest collection of rare plants.  A menagerie established in the 1860s was under the charge of G.H. Krumbiegel in 1914.Lalbagh is now a  240-acre garden and is located in south Bengaluru.

The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by the founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda. The park has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France. With an intricate watering system for irrigation, this garden is aesthetically designed. The Lalbagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth, dating back to 3,000 million years, attracts children of all ages.

Going to this garden is addictive.When you look around, there is something magical.The glistening waters of the lake, the giant trees that tower over you are scenes that make you introspect.You might be a speck in this expansive, enchanted garden, but you have a purpose.The purpose shall reveal in due time even as you revel in the morning walk.

May the trees be the benediction you seek…