Shiva Subramanium Samraj, Joint Director, Horticulture had lately lamented in any respect the laborious work his staff had put in to get the Garden prepared in time for the season, however in useless. However, he’s overjoyed now because the backyard will see some worthy footfall, in spite of everything. “We had made so many arrangements to welcome tourists and the lockdown happened. It was a bitter disappointment to us all. But not any more, as we can show off the blooms after all!”
On Sunday, the Collector of the Nilgiris, Innocent Divya and Shiva determined to throw open the backyard for a deserving viewers. “As a mark of respect and gratitude to the Corona Warriors of the Nilgiris, we have invited them to visit the garden when it is at its peak,” says Shiva.
“Fifty nurses visited the Botanical Garden yesterday. It was wonderful to see how much they enjoyed themselves amongst the flowers after a harrowing month they have had as care-givers. The Collector and I welcomed them with roses and dahlias. There are nearly 30,000 flower pots displayed at the special flower show gallery, all of them in glorious bloom,” says the clearly elated Shiva.
“Our guests for the next 10 to 15 days will be none other than the nurses, doctors, sanitary and Municipal workers, the staff of the Revenue Department and the police,” he explains. The visitor record has been staggered over the subsequent fortnight in order to keep up bodily distancing protocols. For the primary week or 10 days, individuals from the Medical Department can be visiting.
Shiva reiterates that it made all the trouble of the previous few months price every part, as he may consider nobody higher deserving than the frontline employees of the COVID-19 disaster to be the primary company to be allowed into the backyard. According to him, on one in all their first visits, the nurses made full use of the time out in the solar and sang and danced to music from their cellphones!