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The Mughals may have built some of the finest gardens in history,but the Delhi government feels it has much to learn from Japan to beautify the city for the Commonwealth Games.

Written by Hamari Jamatia | New Delhi |
August 28, 2009 12:10:40 am

The Mughals may have built some of the finest gardens in history,but the Delhi government feels it has much to learn from Japan to beautify the city for the Commonwealth Games.

A delegation from Delhi’s civic agencies is on a one-week tour to the country to learn their gardening secrets.

If the team is able to put its skills to use,then Shera,the Games mascot,will be found in several parks,its orange and black stripes formed by an intricate arrangement of a variety of flowers and plants — a technique known as the Japanese Mosaiculture.

“Mosaiculture is a technique in which different species of plants are used to create a pattern,” said a senior NDMC official. This is different from “topiary” — a technique based solely on pruning — where a small tree or shrub is trimmed to take different shapes.

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In topiary,several years of pruning are required,and the technique uses just a single colour,that of the shrub.

Mosaiculture requires the use of several species and varieties of plants to create designs,patterns and effects. The plants must be of different colours to add contrast to the designs. Mosaiculture gives a three dimensional appearance and the plants do not need regular pruning.

The horticulture directors of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC),the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Secretary of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Bipin Bihari are part of the five-member delegation to Japan. They are currently visiting Hamamatsu city,where the Hamamatsu International Mosaiculture 2009,a horticultural event,is being held. The group will also be learning about potted plants and Bonsai techniques.

Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta told Newsline that the government has decided to send the delegation to Japan after the mayor of Japan met him and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit recently and asked them to send participants to learn Mosaiculture for the Commonwealth Games. The officials left the city on Saturday and will be returning by the end of August.

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