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Put on your gardening gloves for a turf war

- Tata Agrico to launch annual contest in Jamshedpur starting January to reward green thumbs

Good news, all you vigilant weeders. The daily drill that goes into blooming flowers and manicured lawns will not be a mere labour of love anymore, in Jamshedpur at least.

In a first in Jharkhand, Tata Agrico will recognise the best gardens in the city with a competition titled Garden of the Year starting this month. The best gardens and gardeners will be rewarded.

Gardens will compete in four slots — academic institutions, corporate offices, individual houses and bungalows and individual flats and terraces.

Senior manager (Agrico division) of Tata Steel Kamlesh Kumar said it would be an annual affair on the lines of the popular flower show in the city.

“Tata Group has always been a pioneer in improving quality of life around the region of its operations. In sync with the group philosophy, Agrico division has taken the initiative to host Garden of the Year to promote the culture of gardening and plantation, supported by Tata Steel’s urban services, Horticulture Society of Jamshedpur and Jusco,” Kumar told The Telegraph.

It is also a great brand sync for Tata Agrico, which under the Tata Steel stable, has been a pioneer in manufacturing quality agricultural implements and garden tools since 1925.

Those eager to participate in the competition have to submit a form available till January 16 at Bagicha near Baug-e Jamsheed in Bistupur. A helpdesk with phone numbers will inform the entrants about the competition procedure. The helpdesk numbers are 0657-2143207 and 0657-2145731.

According to Horticultural Society of Jamshedpur officials, a panel of horticulturists will assess gardens of participants between January 18-22.

The entries will be judged on five parameters — seasonal flowers, kitchen plants, perennial potted plants, lawns and general layout of garden.

“Apart from the five criteria, we will also assess the quantity and quality of plants in the garden while innovative methods will also earn bonus marks,” said a member of the horticultural society not wishing to be named.

Awards will be given on February 1, tentatively, at Green House in Jubilee Park. On offer will be running trophies in each category along with cash prizes, though the amounts have not been yet disclosed.

But gardeners are already jubilant. Chief radiologist with Tinplate Hospital Devesh Bahadur, who calls his residential garden in New Baradwari his first love, is upbeat . “It’s a motivation for garden lovers. Earlier, we had to be content with admiring our flowers, but now our hard work will be recognised. I think a competition of this stature is being held for the first time anywhere in eastern India,” Bahadur said after signing up for the maiden event.

With just days left before the debut contest, it’s time to check if your garden needs some last-minute pruning.


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