The Ooty Botanical Garden is inaugurated in 1848. The sections of the Ooty Botanical Garden is in 55 Acres of land. The Tamilnadu Horticulture department owned Ooty Botanical garden has a lower slopes called Doddabetta Peak. The Garden is 2500 metres above sea level. The Ooty Garden always gets good rainfall throughout the year. November to February South west monsoon comes here. The garden enjoys a moderate temperature from zero to twenty eight degree.
The Ooty Botanical Garden established in the year 1848 by William Graham Mclvor, an English and subscribed three rupees from the Englishmen and used to supply vegetables to the people. Ooty was under control of Britain that time.
Collections in the Ooty Garden
The Ooty Garden has more than thousand species of trees, ferns, shrubs and plants. The centre of the garden is a fossil of a tree trunk having 20 million year old. The lawns of the Ooty Garden, with Ponds with water lilies, Plants with flowers, Beds of flowers and ferns and Medicinal Plants.
Sections of Ooty Botanical Garden
Ooty Garden has Six Sections which are Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Conservatory, Fountain Terraces and Nurseries.
Ooty Lower Garden
The entrance of the Garden has a Lawn of Kikiyu Grass. A house with one hundred twenty seven species of ferns we can find herew. This lawn leads to the Raj Bhavan. So many historic gate houses we can find here. Indian map is portrayed here with plants with fossil trunk.
New Garden in Ooty Botanical Garden
This is New garden formed, later having an area between the front garden and crescent shaped pond. Here we can find , varieties of Tea Roses, which are Hybrid variety, and Rose .Also number of flowerbeds designed according to the slopes of the area.Emblems of the Tamilnadu Government and Government of India.Ponds with aquatic Plants.
Italian Garden in Ooty Botanical Garden
After world war first Italian prisoners were shifted to Ooty and they are behind this section of the Ooty Botanical Garden. The main attraction in this section of Ooty Botanical Garden is dahlia , delphinium, Asters, cosmos, begonia, petunia, pansy, phlox etc . The informal shape of the entrance to the formally made beds has an Italian pattern. The garden looks very attractive with lots of varieties of colourful annuals. Foreground, is a crescent shaped lily pond growing several varieties of aquatic plant species.
The Conservatory Section of the Botanical Garden
This section constructed in 1912 for grouping various plants with flowers. A variety of Perennials and Annuals like Calceolaria,Balsam, Coleus, Geranium etc are planted here. Weeping willow, Hedychim, Arum, etc also found here.
The Nurseries of Ooty Botanical Garden
The nurseries about three hundred feet from the lawns. Eight glass houses and terraces and breeding of exotic plants. In the glass houses are Begonias, Ferns, Cacti, Succulents, Orchids etc. The terraces are utilised for growing plants for cut flowers, seed and also for trial purposes
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