Conserving over 1500 rare plants in 'Lakshmi’s Atoll', Ramesh bags Vanamithra Award
Muthukulam (Alappuzha): Kandalloor Pullukulangara native K G Ramesh bagged the Vanamithra Award of the state government for his love for plants and farming. He nurtures ‘Lakshmi’s Atoll’, a 1.25-acre garden that houses over 1500 plants, in his residence. Different varieties of shrubs, vines and medicinal herbs grow in the garden.
Rare plants like Simsapa tree (Shimshipa), calabash or Monk’s Bowl plant (Kamandalu), agarwood, miracle fruit, fevicol tree, Rudraksha tree, cannonball tree (Nagalinga tree), rambutan, lychee, camphor tree, brownea tree and burflower tree are flourishing in Ramesh’s garden.
Apart from this, there are 27 types of trees which represent the 27 stars in Indian astrology, 15 types of banyan trees, 17 types of basils, various intercrops, vegetables, local fish varieties, country chicken and local cow breeds also.
Many research fellows and students visit the garden to see the plant varieties and know more details about them. Ramesh has displayed names and scientific names of almost all plants. He has travelled all over the state to collect rare plants.
For his efforts to conserve rare plants, Ramesh received many honours including Akshayashree award instituted by Damodaran Foundation, CPCRI awards, and award for best farmer in panchayat instituted by the agriculture department.
Ramesh said that Lakshmi’s Atoll aims at conserving rare plants so that they may benefit the future generations. His wife V Ramadevi, head teacher at Mukundavilasam LP School in Kandalloor, also help him to nurture the garden. The couple has two children, Manu and Lakshmi.