T. Stanes and Company opened the Stanes Garden Center (an organic garden center) on Trichy Road here.
A statement said Lakshmi Narayanan, full-time manager, and Kalyani Narayanan, senior business development manager, told reporters that the center aims to promote urban agriculture and is a one-stop destination for high-quality plants, plant nutrients, inputs, gardening tools, and accessories and hosted a range of plant varieties.
Ornamental and flowering plants, orchids, foliage, palms, succulents, hanging and hanging plants, air-purifying plants and medicinal herbs were available at the center. It also had young fruit trees such as banana, mango, coconut, grape and guava and some varieties of paddy seeds, flower seeds and vegetables.
The center also provided a free planting service facilitating the purchase of ready-to-use potted plants and plant and farm advisory services by qualified and trained staff. “Staff are always on hand to take the time to listen to your needs and take every step to help you achieve success with your garden and landscaping,” the statement added. Services included phytosanitary control services, gardening consulting services, donation services.
Ms. Lakshmi Narayanan said The Hindu the center, spread over one acre, was unique because not only did it have over 300 varieties of plants, but it also had staff who would guide and assist customers with any input required regarding planting and maintenance. From plant nutrients, to disease management, to potting mixes, to tools, the center had it all. “We have years of experience and knowledge that we will share. When clients come to the center and discuss their needs, we guide and help them. We want to encourage a green movement,” she said.
BK Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, President of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore Kendra, and AS Krishnamoorthy, Registrar and (Acting) Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, inaugurated the center on Sunday.