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School gardens captured in full bloom

CELEBRATING EFFORTS of City schools and their gardeners, the second HT-PACE Annual Inter-School Garden Competition came to an end with the jury appreciating efforts, which added value to school education in maintaining environment. Held in association with Environmental Planning Coordination Organisation (EPCO), more than 25 schools participated against last year?s 17.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 01:26 IST

CELEBRATING EFFORTS of City schools and their gardeners, the second HT-PACE Annual Inter-School Garden Competition came to an end with the jury appreciating efforts, which added value to school education in maintaining environment. Held in association with Environmental Planning Coordination Organisation (EPCO), more than 25 schools participated against last year’s 17.

The prize distribution ceremony will be held during the HT-PACE Annual Principals’ Meet to be held in April. The panel of judges was especially floored by the roses in vibrant colours at St Xavier’s S S School, the excellent landscaping, planning and overall display of pots in Red Rose School, Lambakheda, an amazing bed of gazenia at Navnidh Hassomal Lakhani Public School, Bairagarh.

Also leading the parade was a huge collection of 127 varieties of foliage – all with plant labels at St Joseph’s Convent S S School, Idgah Hills which was the most eye-catching feature, thereby giving it a place in the roll of honours.
Welcoming and exciting green lawns, well-manicured garden at World Way International School fetched it maximum marks too.

A laudable feature this time was that schools took due cognisance of the feedback given by a team of horticulture experts during the precursor - a visit of experts and a pre-event workshop- to the main competition.
The SOS Balgram garden was given a special entry in view of its dedication in maintaining green and healthy environment apart from having a balanced garden with attractive display and layout.

Some school principals like Navnidh Hassomal Lakhani Public School, Bairagarh’s Kiran Arya, St Joseph’s Convent S S School, Idgah Hills’ Sr Francis Joseph, World Way International School’s Parthasarthy Chakraborty and Army School, Bairagarh’s Dr Rajesh Sharma personally took the jury around.

The panel of judges including Regional Head, Sarda Plywood Industries Ltd, Laxmendra Maheshwari, Deputy director – Horticulture CPWD Sanjeet S Dagar, Horticulturist S Sudhakar, Proprietor Lake View Nursery Ravinder Singh and PACE manager Alpana Mishra visited all participating schools.

Horticulturist S Sudhakar, lauded HT-PACE’s role in bringing school gardens on a bigger platform and spreading the message of healthy environment by way of beautiful gardens.

Deputy director CPWD Dr Sanjeet Singh Dagar said this competition had created a good environment in school premises in spreading the message for a pollution free campus and greenery – a must in schools.

Regional Head, Sarda Plywood Industries Ltd, Laxmendra Maheshwari said the involvement of schools has increased tremendously this year, and this was apparent in the qualitative improvement of the gardens.

Proprietor of Lake View Nursery Ravindra Singh was optimistic that participation has been amazing and will definitely shoot up next year because of the awareness being spread regarding the same. The event has been supported by Lake View Nursery.