According to experts, Nepal is uniquely positioned in the world map with 6 Phyto-geographical regions and 10 bio climatic zones that provide a habitat for 7183 species of plants, 380 species of which are ferns and fern allies, besides 361 species of orchids. Nepal has a diverse climate separated by only 200 kms distance from each other, starting from the Himalayas to the flat terai region.
Therefore it is no surprise that the country has a growing number of nurseries. Kathmandu alone has more than 50 such nurseries out of which at least three specialize in orchids; Orchid land in Tripureswar, Greenview Orchid Nursery in Godavary and Orchid World in Kusunti. The rest have a wide variety of floriculture products in their establishments and none more so than Standard Nursery in Bansbari that is one of the bigger nurseries in the valley. There are some specializing in landscapes too such as Bharat Gurung of Primula Nursery. In Bansbari.
Among the bigger nurseries one of the better organized is undoubtedly Bodhi Brikchya at Harisiddhi, Lalitpur managed by Basanti Pradhan. This is only one of the branches of a larger organization, Rudyn Agriflora Nepal, that was established in 1990. The claim to deal in every aspect of floriculture, ornamental plants, cut flowers and landscape. In fact, Rudyn has won many awards in the flower shows like, the Best Stall in 1996 and 1997, Best Plant in 1998 besides the Best Landscape in 2000 and 2001 and Best Flower Arrangement, 2002.
Really lovely flowers under cultivation at Rudyn’s two production centers in Godavari and one in Bhadrapur are Gloriosa Rothschilidiana, Achimenes Peach Blossom, Zephyranthes Sulphuria, Eucharis Amazonica, Hemanthus Multiflorus, Curcuma Cultivar, Double “First Love”, Lilium Nepalenese, Globba Winitii, Sprekella Formosissma and Zephyranthes Candida, among many others.
Popular cut flowers grown in most nurseries are Gladioli, Bird of Paradise and Arthuriam. Rudyn grows flowers like Caladium, Gloriosa, Zephyranthes, Amaryllis, Ornithogalum, Canna, Curcuma, Helicionia, Haemanthus etc… as well as bulbs, tubers and rhizomes for export purposes. Taiwan, Germany, Denmark, Korea, Czechoslovakia, Indonesia and USA are some of the countries importing flowers from Nepal.
Nurseries in the capital have a lot of potential to grow seeing the recent trend of bouquet presentation on festive occasions as well as the large number of hotels and restaurants that are preferring to have a lot of flower arrangements in their premises. Many of the classier hotels are increasingly handing out flower supply and arrangement contracts to nurseries. Besides, the efforts by the municipality in beautifying the city by way of developing traffic islands and parks is also contributing to the prosperity of nurseries here. Many corporate houses in the city and elsewhere are also into maintenance of well-designed and well-maintained gardens nowadays.
One has just to look at Shambala Gardens in Shangrila Hotel, the lushly landscaped Hyatt Regency grounds, the British School gardens as well as gardens of Gems and Indian Modern School to see that indeed flowers, gardens and landscapes are becoming an integral part of any organization wishing to live among tasteful surroundings. And obviously, nurseries are the prime movers and shakers in such a scenario.
Nurseries like Bodhi Brikchya are ideally placed to benefit from all this. In fact the benefits are not only to nurseries but to the urbanites as a whole because flowers are reflective of mankind’s basic concepts of beauty and serenity. So let us cheer such efforts and declare, “ Flower power for today and forever.”