You are welcome to invite others. Just wait till Tuesday. I plan to meet
the Director on Tuesday and will confirm to you.
The wealth of information you posted is very interesting. I guess we need
to form category specific interest groups for greater shared interest.
For long i have wondered how to revive Bangalore meets. Meets for talking
and sharing do not seem to enthuse many. Meets to do some joint action is
I have invited some people from UAS, GKVK too. Let us see how things work
out. If the invited team from UAS carries back nice memories more
enthusiasts from UAS can join us in future ventures too.
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 12:26:14 +0530
From: "Shyamal L." <lshyamal(a)gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia India Community list
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Opportunity to embellish Lal Bagh
Botanical Garden related WP article before the flower show on Jan
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Sowmyan, this is great news indeed! I know a number of people who are
interested. It would be great if some of their archives can be accessed.
Most of the trees that are out there are somewhat more readily accessible
as indeed are the ornamentals.
There are some really historic material including some amazing artwork
(some of which I believe is by some unfortunately little-known botanical
artists like K. Cheluvayya Raju who died more than 70 years ago).
There is probably some interesting material related to G H Krumbiegel, Hugh
Cleghorn and the Agri Horticultural Society.
There are also some interesting publications made by the Horticulture
Department that are largely inaccessible - over the years I have had
enquiries from the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh for looking up a book
called "Glass House – The Jewel of Lalbagh" published in 1991 that has
hardly been seen by people who are interested in it. I have likewise had
requests for archive data relating to John Cameron (Krumbiegel's
There is also a great deal of as yet un-written history on plant
introductions such as
("Seemay Badnekayi" = foreign
- one of the introductions to our diet thanks to the work at Lalbagh) as
well as the numerous avenue trees (like the pink poui currently in bloom
and chosen by Krumbiegel as part of his Ritu Samhara idea for Bangalore)
For a glimpse of the excellent artwork of an unfortunately little-known
botanical artist - K. Cheluvayya Raju - see
and we have several other botanical artists who as yet have no articles on
even on the en.wiki (for example the somewhat famous pair of Govindoo and
I have been postponing my own plans to research the archives there and
would be very happy to join you in your meetings if possible. There are
some active tree groups in India who will be interested too.