Benaka art conservation appears to have done a professional job from thei
report on the conservation project. :)

On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM, Shyamal L. <> wrote:

> Sowmyan, this is great news indeed! I know a number of people who are
> interested. It would be great if some of their archives can be accessed.
> Most of the trees that are out there are somewhat more readily accessible
> as indeed are the ornamentals.
> There are some really historic material including some amazing artwork
> (some of which I believe is by some unfortunately little-known botanical
> artists like K. Cheluvayya Raju who died more than 70 years ago).
> There is probably some interesting material related to G H Krumbiegel,
> Hugh Cleghorn and the Agri Horticultural Society.
> There are also some interesting publications made by the Horticulture
> Department that are largely inaccessible - over the years I have had
> enquiries from the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh for looking up a book
> called "Glass House – The Jewel of Lalbagh" published in 1991 that has
> hardly been seen by people who are interested in it. I have likewise had
> requests for archive data relating to John Cameron (Krumbiegel's
> predecessor).
> There is also a great deal of as yet un-written history on plant
> introductions such as
> ("Seemay Badnekayi" = foreign
> brinjal  - one of the introductions to our diet thanks to the work at
> Lalbagh) as well as the numerous avenue trees (like the pink  poui
> currently in bloom and chosen by Krumbiegel as part of his Ritu Samhara
> idea for Bangalore)
> For a glimpse of the excellent artwork of an unfortunately little-known
> botanical artist - K. Cheluvayya Raju - see
> and we have several other botanical artists who as yet have no articles on
> even on the (for example the somewhat famous pair of Govindoo and
> Rungiah).
> I have been postponing my own plans to research the archives there and
> would be very happy to join you in your meetings if possible. There are
> some active tree groups in India who will be interested too.
> best wishes
> Shyamal
> On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM, Sowmyan Tirumurti 
> <>wrote:
>> Bangalore is called the Garden city. Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park played a
>> significant role in this city getting this name. The annual flower show on 
>> Jan
>> 26th is approaching. A huge crowd is expected.
>> I was curious to see what is in the Lal Bagh article in Wikipedia. I felt
>> it was lean on 'Botanical' content. As a botanical garden there should be
>> talk of the species of trees available, the rare ones that are not easy to
>> find elsewhere etc.
>> Yesterday I met the  the Dy Director of the Horticulture department to
>> identify any help they can provide. (Karnataka is perhaps unique in having
>> a horticulture department as part of its governance structure). He has
>> shown enthusiasm. Next week I will be meeting the Director (who is
>> currently on tour) to seek his approval. Once this is done, we can have a
>> Sunday meet of Bangalore wikimedians at the Garden, get a overview of
>> the Lal Bagh and a guided tour by Botanical experts, who can provide the
>> domain knowledge related to the unique species we have here etc. That
>> should enable people to write about these dimensions in the existing
>> articles.
>> We may also explore possibilities of introducing a QR code for the unique
>> specimen and articles related to them. In all probability some articles
>> will exist. But if these species are rare, the articles can mention the
>> availability of the specimen at Lal bagh in the article pages of Lal Bagh
>> as well as the species. Hope fully this can be in the next week end. ie 15th
>> Dec. That may give us ample time to embellish the article before Jan 26 
>> flower
>> show.
>> I am also considering inviting PG students in Horticulture from the
>> University of agriculturaal sciences, Gandhi Krishi Vignan Kendra Campus,
>> Bangalore.
>> Those interested in participating please write to me.
>> Non Bangaloreans can perhaps look at Botanical Gardens with unique
>> species of trees, plants etc nearer their town.  I understand the Botanical
>> Garden at Kolkata is also famous.
>> Regards,
>> Sowmyan
>> Wikimedia Chapter, Bangalore
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