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Posted at: Mar 15, 2018, 12:40 AM; last updated: Mar 15, 2018, 12:40 AM (IST)

A garden called home

Hours of toil and perspiration, attention to detail and meticulous planning can turn your home garden into a veritable heaven. Here are a few from tricity who have achieved the feat

Gurnaaz Kaur

Some people are born with a green thumb while others cultivate it as they discover their love for greens. Whether it’s a hobby or a passion, there is something about gardening that brings peace and pleasure to one’s life. Living such a life are some of tricity’s avid gardeners who have created something beautiful in their homes — a space full of life!

Peaceful paradise

Anu Goel, whose garden has been winning prizes for 20 years in a row now, says, “Mine was a routine life that revolved around household chores and looking after kids. It is my husband who motivated me to explore gardening as a hobby. And now, I can’t think of a day without spending time with my plants.” Her husband Pradeep smiles and nods in agreement. 

For this couple, communication with plants is essential. “Something in us connected with nature like never before. Life has got an all-new meaning,” they share. But mind it, gardening isn’t all that easy. “It’s like taking care of a child. Watering, sunlight, protecting plants from rain, cleaning the leaves to let them breathe; creating a garden is not a child’s play,” Anu shares. 

Space no bar

It is in a three-bedroom flat that we found the perfect example of space utilisation! Be it the entrance, staircase, balcony or verandah, there are pots all over. And a seating arrangement with wrought-iron chairs and table painted in white, with a bar made by covering a tank, make you feel like you are at some place in England. 

“Colourful flowers and green plants don’t just add to the look of your place, but make it healthy too. With so much concrete everywhere, there is a need for more and more plantation. Like all good things, this too begins at home. My house is a depiction of this belief,” says Neelam, a banker, who lives in a society in Sector 50. She says her husband is a man of taste and has got the verandah done-up to surprise her.

Centuries of love

On a cool, breezy evening, with birds chirping in the background, Ranbir Kaur Kang, 81, enjoys a walk in the huge lawn that surrounds her four-kanal house. She remembers her husband, who was fond of plants. “It is an outcome of 50 years of hard-work and love that my husband put into creating this space. Whenever we went travelling, he made sure to bring a new plant for this garden,” Ranbir tells with a smile, pointing to 50 different kinds of cactus, her husband’s favourite and more than 20 years old! However, maintaining a neatly manicured garden is not an easy job. “Almost Rs 15,000-20,000 is spent annually and another 20K every season to change the plants,” Ranbir shares.

Smiling foliage 

Finding solace in gardens, flowers, trees and foliage is natural for Dipali Verma. She has made it her job to turn a drab piece of land into a thing of beauty and immense joy. “I feel grateful to be instrumental in shaping unique gardens at various residences. I’ve done landscapes and gardens for HUDA, the most prestigious being five acre area of the Mansa Devi Waterworks. It boasts of the first Flower Clock installed in north India,” says Depali. 

Among her achievements are gardens at various schools and now Deepali plans to come up with a nursery.

Even though these garden lovers differ in terms of the landscape they inhabit, there’s a common thread that binds them all—the therapeutic feeling they get when they sit in the green expanse of their own making.

It seems gardening does make for one of the most sublime pleasures of modern life! 

Matter of passion

Seeing each plant bloom, taking different shapes and colours, living its life, and then dying away is a part of Dr Sanjay Kalra’s life for 16 years now, and it has taught him the permanence of change. “Gardening has been my hobby since childhood. I was keen on doing landscaping and I’ve lived it through my terrace garden,” he shares. With terracotta figurines and more than 1,500 colourful pots, both perennial and seasonal, his garden on the third floor is a perfect spot for a romantic evening. “Having a garden on terrace promises privacy and the pleasure to enjoy nature at any given hour,” he says with pride. It’s with the help of his wife that he changes the landscape every six months. This duo has lately started giving plants as gifts to their friends and has distributed more than 800 plants in a year.



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