Issue Date: Jan 15, 2010
Trees, plants, and their surveyors
Sightseeing packages in Kolkata sometimes involve a visit to a large garden on the city’s outskirts. Usually a hurried walk, it scarcely affords a glimpse of the 109 hectares that was called the Botanical Gardens till about a year ago, when it was renamed the Acharya Jagadis Chandra Bose Botanical Gardens. Ironic, because the Bengali polymath rarely studied the 12,000-odd trees at the garden, preferring the laboratories of Presidency College. Nothing changed at the gardens but the name.
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