Rourkela, Oct 30 (LocalWire): Clean and green Rourkela has a long tradition of garden lovers .
And with winter setting in the city wore a very colourful look with flowers peeping from terrace, balcony, or lawns.
Nurseries sprout up everywhere, selling local as well as flowers brought from Kolkata, Raipur or even as far as Bengaluru.
‘I am in this business for the last twenty years and earn enough.
I love nature and also find peace,’ said Babulal who operates a small nursery near Gaajapati Marketthat has seasonal flowers, vegetable saplings, decorative plants and different kinds of garden helps.
For Ashok Singh, inside the daily market in Ambagaon, selling garden tools, seeds, pesticides, fertilisers, flowering plants and fruit trees is a family business.
‘We are into this business for generations and this time of the year we go for a big kill because of our reputation to provide quality products to garden lovers.
We source our materials from different places,’ said Singh.
Similarly, life is full activities at the lone nursery maintained by Rourkela Steel Plant at Sector 4.
Sprawled over three acres of land this nursery is known for its good quality plants that don’t pinch a hole in the pocket.
‘Our philosophy is not to earn profit but to help the environment and satisfy the need of the garden-loving residents of the city.
So, during summer also we sell summer-time flowers,’ said the person in charge of the nursery, which looks more like an evergreen forest with different kinds of trees.
Apart from the common flowers one can also find lettuce amongst the vegetable plants.
A gardener working there said, ‘it gives me immense pleasure when people find the plant of their choice and go back happy.
They come here for quality and cheap plants. The survival rate of our plants is over ninety percent.’
Besides, there are many private nurseries that operate in Pradhanpalli near airport which is known for its rare and hybrid plants.
‘I source them from outside and also have my own seed collection,’ said Manoj.
One can find different varieties of mandar in his collection.
Arun Dey at Uditnagar says, ‘my collection of flowers especially the roses are much in demand as I get them from Bengaluru.
My price for roses varies between Rs 50 and 200.’
For Manoj Das, who stays in Balasore and comes during winter to Rourkela, says, ‘in Rourkela I find a garden culture which is spreading to other parts of the state.
I find flowers in every household.’
For Minati Biswal winter is the time when she does not prefer to go anywhere, as she says, ‘this is the time when you can grow a beautiful garden and that really gives me a good feeling and keeps me healthy and fine all through the year.’