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Mughal Gardens beckons with dahlias, roses

Posted on Feb 13, 06:49PM | IANS

New Delhi, Feb 13 : Rashtrapati Bhavan from Feb 16 will welcome visitors to its famed Mughal Gardens to stroll among the dahlias, roses and cyclamens basking in the warm spring sunshine.

Around 2,500 dahlias and 120 varieties of roses are blooming in the 15-acre garden in the President's House.

Nigam Prakash Semiwal, officer on special duty (horticulture), said there are scarlet flax, sweet william and rose scentimental in the garden too even though the hailstorm and heavy rain early this month affected the quality of flowers.

Instead of tulips, cyclamens have been planted this year, he said.

The dahlias make up a floral wall encircling the Circular Garden and the credit for the grandeur and beauty of the sprawling garden is being given to the 35 gardeners who work here.

While President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate 'Udyanoytsav' (Garden Festival) Feb 15, he strolls around the garden every day, press secretary Venu Rajamony told IANS.

"He likes to take a walk every morning and enjoys watching peacocks dance in the evening."

The gardens will remain open to public from Feb 16 to March 17 while differently abled and the visually impaired people can visit till March 19.

The president wants to make Rashtrapati Bhavan more accessible to the public and make the entire premises eco-friendly, Rajamony said.