Flower Show At British Era Poona, 1904 Photo
This is an old photograph of a British India era flower show in Poona, now Pune. Taken in 1904 by the British Photographer F.B. Stewart. Visible in the photograph are well laid out floral arranged tables and three Indian attendants at hand. As a relaxation gardening was the best preoccupation of Britishers in colonial era. Many plants were brought in from the UK and Portugal.
The concept of lawns was a copy from the colonial masters. The founding of horticultural societies and botanical gardens further added interest to home and commercial gardening. Since Pune was located on the Deccan Plateau it had the perfect climate for importing many varieties of plants. And since Bombay, now Mumbai with its busy port was nearby importing seeds and plants was not a difficult task.
In the British Indian era there were many botanical gardens, some of them were the- Royal Agri-Horticulture Society Garden, Calcutta; Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore; Government Botanical Garden, Ooty, and so on. Read more- History Of Flowers And Gardening In India. See my post- Britishers In Horse Carriages At Lalbagh Bangalore Old Photo.
Did you know- that Emperor Ashoka planted trees on the roadside for the purpose of providing shade to travellers.
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