Garden for All Senses
Lalbagh has a special place in Bangalore. It is not a park for amusement or entertainment, but basically a botanical garden. Its main purpose is the conservation of plant life. It resembles a university with a huge library, where every book is a tree. Every tree in Lalbagh tells us a story. I am one of Lalbagh’s regular walkers and have noticed many different species of trees that are rare and beautiful. There is a creeper, Jadewine, from the Philippines with flowers in exquisite copper sulphate blue in winter. Another tree, Pride of Burma, is called the queen of flowering trees. Its flowers look like red hummingbirds. There is a palm tree that blooms once a century and dies. I’ve also noticed the Ficus Krishne tree, with peculiar leaves that resemble a spoon. I’d tell my children that Lord Krishna ate butter with these leaves. Lalbagh holds two flower exhibitions, one on August 15, the other on January 26, which I never miss. It is one place where I forget all my worries and become a teenager who just wants to enjoy her walk.