Located in South Bangalore is this vibrant 240 acre garden, Lal Bagh, home to over one thousand species of fauna and flora and a number of trees that are over centuries old. A number of flower shows are held each year, exhibiting the park founded by Kempe Gowda who is renowned as the founder of Bangalore. Aesthetically designed with delicately organized flower beds, lotus pools and lawns, the garden enjoys an intricately designed watering system which keeps the fountains alive and the gardens with life and colour.
One of the attractions in the garden is its 3000 million old rock formations, one of the oldest rock formations on earth. Translated from the native Kannada language to English, Lal Bagh means The Red Garden, and is one of the most well known botanical gardens. Proud of its royal origin, the Lal Bagh Gardens was initially commenced as a private garden and was commissioned by Hyder Ali in 1760 who was then a famous ruler.
Housed among the wonderful environs of the botanical gardens is the Directorate of Horticulture which belongs to the Government of Karnataka, under whom the gardens are now protected. In 1856 the gardens were given the title of a Government Botanical Garden and have been an internationally recognized centre for the technical study of botanical artwork and plants. It is also known for its work on the conservation of plant life and hybrid varieties.
Among the many attractions that are scattered across the 240 acres of lush sprawling gardens, is the Floral Clock which is placed near the entrance through the main gates. Showcasing a myriad of vibrant colours, the clock is placed between the delicately manicured flowerbeds. Children that visit the gardens are enthralled by the Snow White and Seven Dwarfs that are installed around the clock stand. A carbonized trunk of approximately 20 million year old coniferous which was collected from Tamil Nadu is placed near the topiary garden.
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