After doing a couple store/studio tours, I’m returning to my first love – gardening. Thanks to Natti, I discovered the nursery at Jeeven Bhima Nagar in Bangalore. Managed by physically challenged people, the nursery is well planned, maintained and customer-friendly. In absolutely no hurry to rush back home last Saturday morning, I indulged myself looking at the plants. Over to you all now :)
The nursery stocks only basic flowering plants as of now. According to the manager, they should be getting more of the Gloxinias, Star clusters, Passion flower and Petunias by this weekend.
What I liked about the nursery:
If you are a novice gardener like me, these are questions you will relate to. Do I need to water everyday? Will this plant require too much sunlight? Will it grow well in semi-shade? Sometimes, our questions tend to irritate the nursery folks. This nursery solves that formidable selection problem for us. The nursery is segregated into three sections: full sun, semi-shade and full-shade. Every plant in each section, is further labeled with its name and price making it a lot easier to choose. If you still have any doubts, the folks are pretty helpful and knowledgeable.
Price is another talking point of the nursery. For instance, you can get an aloe vera plant for Rs.15 or a lilly for Rs. 50.
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When are they open?
In short, the visit to the nursery was a memorable and fulfilling experience. I say that because all my previous visits to any nursery around the Whitefield region has been disastrous. Either I come back home fuming or the nursery lady is :) Though the nurseries on Varthur road stock some of the best flowering plants I’ve seen, they suck when it comes to handling customers. And, the prices are over the roof for some plants that makes you reconsider gardening as a hobby.
How can you help:
They don’t ask for it. But I saw a board displaying the name of the person who had sponsored meals for the day. On further inquiry, I got to know it is Rs.600 for meals for 15 people working at this nursery and Rs.2500 for 50 people working at their various branches. They have another branch at Lingarajapuram.
If you all know of any other good nurseries in your area, please leave a comment.