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Children visit Agri Horticultural Garden in Kolkata, India

Agri Horticultural Garden

Kolkata, Aug 12,(UITV): If you are interested in plants and trees, Kolkata is the city where you can get enough research and study material.  Agri Horticultural Garden is a place where you can head to, for the study of botany. It was founded by William Carey in 1820. The garden is open for visitors from 7.00 am to 11.00 am and 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Every day, except Wednesday. On Wednesday, the garden is open for visitors after 11.00 am only.

It is located in Alipore, adjacent to Zoological Garden, Agri Horticultural Garden houses a significant collection of plants and flowers. Several seminars and workshops on gardening and cultivation of certain species are held here, time to time. Apart from flowering plants, several herbal and fruit bearing plants are also planted inside the garden. There is also a vast botanical library in the premises. An annual flower festival is held here in winters, which is a major attraction of Calcutta. It is also the prominent centre of flower and other exhibitions in the city.
The Society's role in the promotion and development of agriculture and horticulture in the country is unparalleled. It has a flower garden, greenhouses, a research laboratory, a library, and houses a massive collection of plants and flowers. It has a significant collection of botanical varieties, including cannas, medicinal plants, ferns, fruits and flowering plants. It is said that every canna cultivar growing in India has been derived from the collection in the Agri-Horticultural Society, where they are domiciled.

Apart from a nursery and library, the premises of Agri Horticultural Garden comprises of a Research Laboratory, a Tissue Culture Laboratory, Green Houses, Training Centre, Nurseries, Conference Hall, Administrative Office and Secretarial Residential Complex. The inner view of the complex is extremely beautiful, where you will get to see a natural fountain, a pond, beautiful trees and various kinds of fruits and flowers. The place is worth exploring, if you have ample time and immense interest in botany.
 This is a special natural heritage trail for children from Magic Bus Foundation on occasion of World Environment Day. The trail includes a walk, observation and hands-on learning at the historical Agri-Horticultural Society of India, Kolkata.