Horticulture Department

Welcome To Horticulture Department - BBMP

Karnataka is the first state in the entire country to have a separate Horticulture Department, and many other states, at later years, followed the example of Karnataka. Because of this, the state could achieve remarkable progress in many fronts of Horticulture, whether Fruits or Vegetables or Flowers or Plantation crops The first acknowledgeable credit for initiation of cultivation of Horticulture crops in the state undoubtedly goes to Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. At about 1760,Hyder Ali started a small royal orchard near Bangalore Fort, which was called by the name Lalbagh. After him, Tipu Sultan improved this garden by making systematic layouts and undertaking comprehensive planting programme. He collected several important native and exotic species of flowers, fruits, vegetables and other plants, obtained from several far off places such as Malacca, Isle of France, Oman, Arabia, Persia, Turkey, Zanzibar, France and other European countries.

Lalbhag Botanical Garden

The real developmental works in Lalbagh started from the year 1874, when John Cameron took charge of the garden. Vigorous and systematic introduction and expansion of the garden took place during his tenure. From original area of 45 acres, Lalbagh was expanded to 100 acres by the turn of the 19th century. The renowned Glass House was constructed his period in 1889. The credit of starting commercial cultivation of several fruits, vegetables and plantation crops, undoubtedly goes to John Cameron. He beautified Lalbagh with large number of native and exotic specie and gave special impetus to the creation of Park and Gardens in Bangalore and Mysore cities, including the famous Brindavan Gardens at Krishnarajasagara reservoir, near Mysore. He also started the Mysore Horticulture Society, in 1912 and through this Society, started regular Flower Shows at Lalbagh. He also opened the Bureau of Economic Plants and Horticulture Training School. Mixed cropping and intercroppings got special fillip during his times. Thus, through multifarious achievements and feats, the state of Karnataka became the “Horticultural State of India”, and Dr. Marigowda’s name became immortal in the annals of Horticulture development in Karnataka.

Jayaprakash Narayana Park

The Jayaprakash Narayana Park or the JP Park in Mathikere is one of the largest parks in Bangalore. This spacious park has the play area divided into 3 sections. Two of these sections have a variety of colorful play equipment’s for kids. The 3 rdsection is used for sports like badminton, volleyball, etc. One of the attractions of the park is a small rock garden that has seating areas made of broken glass pieces. A large pond with various species of fishes also keeps the kids entertained as they can feed the fishes. The park has a musical fountain that becomes functional only on weekends. Lovely sculptures of human beings and animals placed across the park add to its beauty.

Cubbon Park

he Cubbon Park is situated in the central administrative area of the city of Bengaluru. The park is home to the statues of famous personalities as well as rich and diverse flora and fauna. This also happens to be one of the most famous parks in Bangalore. The park is aesthetically pleasing and garners the attention of tourists and nature lovers alike.

Cariappa Memorial Park

Cariappa Memorial Park is situated in the heart of Bangalore city as a part of the Parade Grounds on M G Road. The park is spread across 22 acres and is dedicated to the Field Marshal K M Cariappa who served in the Indian Armed Forces. The Indian Army is in charge of the maintenance of the park. The one unique offering of the park is that it provides games and a play area with a military theme. The park is divided into six parts and has attractions like waterfalls, Burma Bridges and zigzag tunnels.