A bed of canna lilies, which will add red blush to the greens, at Jubilee Park. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Can natural beauty be enhanced? Of course yes, otherwise why would gorgeous women put on make-up? It explains why a landmark beauty like Jubilee Park in Jamshedpur is adding more flowering and ornamental plants to its 10 acres.
Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco’s horticultural department has started an extensive plantation drive across the park across its Rose Garden, Moghul Garden, Children’s Corner and Nicco Amusement Park as well as near the fountains.
Established in 1958 as a gift from Tata Steel to citizens to commemorate Jamshedpur’s golden jubilee, the park witnesses on a daily average over 3,000 people every day.
At 56, the park has neither aged nor suffered a midlife crisis. But plantation across such a large expanse is being done for the first time in years.
Earlier, flowering plants were confined to Moghul Garden, Smriti Udyan, Jubilee Nehru tree corner and Shatabdi Udyan. The rose garden is also justly famous for over 1,000 variants. But now, Jusco wants the park to bloom everywhere.
Canna, colourful summer bulbs known for reedy canes and palm-like foliage, have been planted in groups across the park. The canna lilies in red, orange and yellow will add splashes of colour on the verdant green lawns.
Canna apart, flowering plants include Cassia fistula or the golden shower tree, and lagerstroemia, a deciduous tree commonly known as crepe myrtle which flowers colourfully in summer and autumn. The park will also see ficus trees with their trademark single trunk and spreading canopy.
The horticultural department has also planted three palm varieties — foxtail, champagne and copernicia — to add to the park’s aesthetics, especially in the peripheral areas.
The copernicia palm is distinguished by single grey trunk topped with a large crown of fan-shaped fronds.
Champagne palm, also less glamourously called the bottle palm, has a scar-ringed truck that bulges at the base like a bottle. The foxtail palm has a smooth trunk and feathery fronds.
“Our plantation initiative has started to enhance beauty and add colour to the beloved park. Flowering plants have been nurtured from our nursery while palm variants have been procured from Calcutta,” said Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan.
A Jusco official put the cost of the exercise at Rs 5 lakh.