Ratnabali Sengupta (right) receives the trophy from Ruchi Narendran at Institute of Engineers hall in Sakchi on Saturday. (Bhola Prasad)
Jamshedpur, Feb. 22: Hours of toil and patience were recognised today when Horticultural Society of Jamshedpur (HSJ) rewarded the best gardeners.
The garden of the year contest was held by the society in six categories individual house/bungalow, individual flat, individual terrace, institution, corporate houses and bungalows maintained by companies from February 9 to 12. Prizes were distributed at the Institute of Engineers hall in Sakchi this evening.
Ratnabali Sengupta was adjudged the overall champion in individual terrace category. She beat Rupa Lahiri.
Prerna Todi got the honours in individual flat, while Satya finished second. The first position in individual house/bungalow went to the Rodigues. Vijay Mehta and Kiran Mehta came second.
Sai Temple stood first in institution category by edging out CSIR department of National Metallurgical Laboratory.
J.J. Irani and Daisy Irani were declared the best in bungalows maintained by companies category followed by Anand Sen and Srimanti Sen.
Tata Robins Frazer Ltd was the champion in corporate houses section, while Tata Power finished second.
Ruchi Narendran, HSJ chairperson and wife of Tata Steel managing director T.V. Narendran, handed over the trophies to the winners.
The contest is a wonderful way of interacting with horticulture lovers. The huge number of participation (there were 170 entries) goes on to show the immense interest among people to keep the city clean and green, Ruchi Narendran said while lauding HSJ.
She also stressed on the need to conduct skill enhancement training for gardeners.
Delivering the welcome address, HSJ president Captain Dhananjay Mishra said they had organised an annual flower show, bonsai fest, technical workshop and a march for environment last year, but much more needed to be done to create interest towards horticulture.
HSJ secretary B. Maity was also present.