SHILLONG, March 27 - After the controversy in the Raj Bhavan in Meghalaya, the Raj Bhavan is giving a facelift and opening its gate for the general public on April 8 for people to witness the flowers bloom in its gardens.
This is the first time such an initiative has been taken and the Deputy Secretary to the Governor, Paila S Kharkongor has informed that the �Raj Bhavan will open for the general public on April 8 from 3 to 5 pm to see the blooming Spring flowers.�
Although not much is known about the kind of flowers that is grown in the gardens of the Raj Bhavan, but it boasts of a rather big garden with different varieties of flowers.
The Raj Bhavan itself is spread over a sprawling area of 30.67 acres and much of this area is in the form of lush green lawns and gardens, which includes a kitchen garden.
The gardening skills of present Governor, Banwarilal Purohit is not known much, but former Governor, RS Mooshahary was a keen gardener and also tried his hands to grow strawberry in the gardens of the Raj Bhavan.
This present initiative of the Raj Bhavan is akin to that of the Rastrapathi Bhavan in which the gates are opened each year to witness the flowers bloom during spring.
Some of the flowers are in fact named after the President. Last year one of the roses was named after President Pranab Mukhrejee�s deceased wife Suvra Mukherjee. There were also roses named after �Queen Elizabeth, Abraham Lincoln� and others.