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    Nursery and relocation experts, Vriksha boast unusual plants, from aromatics to carnivorous

    Located in Vile Parle, Mumbai, Vriksha nursery recently relocated 18,000 plants, shrubs and trees within 48 hours from a property that was going into redevelopment. Offering services to transplant and relocate plants to any part of the country, the family-run enterprise is owned by Shaan Lalwani and houses at least 100 different varieties including an array of carnivorous, insect repellent and aromatic plants.

    Lithops-1“My goal is to get people more interested in gardening and get acquainted with the concept of urban farming,” says the 28-year-old horticulturist who has completed his master’s in Landscape Management from University of Sheffield, UK. Offering lavender and cinnamon stick diyas, herb baskets and landscape trays for gifts, a recent addition to his nursery is the Lithops from South Africa—plants that look like rocks—and a new variety of edible maple red hibiscus. The bonsai section houses two to 65-year-old bonsais that cost anywhere between Rs.700 and Rs.5 lakh. Their glow-in-the-dark bioluminiscent plants and orchids with bird figures at the centre especially caught our attention. Also popular with Bollywood productions, Lalwani has worked on landscaping and setting up temporary gardens for the YRF and Dharma banners. The upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie, Bajirao Mastani, also features his horticultural skills.

    While most plants and herbs are locally grown from seeds sourced from around the world, the pitcher plants, orchids and Dutchmen pipes are from South East Asia. “Children are fans of the carnivorous plants section. The fly traps, pitcher plants and Dutchmen pipe are interesting ways to keep out mosquitoes,” says Lalwani. Meanwhile, if your green thumb is itching for action, you can get Lalwani’s tips and pointers on flora across the world through their Facebook page and blog.
    Priced from Rs.35. Details: 9820704069

    — Preethi Ann Thomas

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