LUSH GREEN ambience, landscaped areas, seasonal plants in full bloom, collection of foliage plants and the beautiful bed of roses in the schools will be at its best during Gulistaan — the HT-PACE third annual inter-school garden competition.
The two-day contest held in association with the Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO) will commence from January 31. A panel of judges comprising senior horticulturists will tour the schools across the city to select the best gardens under various categories.
The competition has been initiated with a view to encourage and honour the schools which are actively contributing towards maintaining greenery in their surroundings and making the students aware about their ecological responsibilities.
The parameters on which the gardens will be adjudged include layout and planning, cleanliness and neatness, health and maintenance, blooming and flowering and variety of plants.
The various categories for the competition include small garden (school area below 1 acre), medium garden (school area between 1-3 acres), large garden (school area above 3 acres), bed of roses (minimum 50 rose plants inclusive of beds and pots), display and collection of foliage plants (minimum 50 pots and 10 varieties) and collection of potted seasonal plants (display of minimum 50 pots).
The best schools will be awarded a rolling trophy in the three garden categories and prizes for various categories at a prize distribution ceremony organised for the school principals
The gardeners who have worked hard to enable the school to achieve the awards will be entitled to special cash prizes and certificates.