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Dr. M. H. Marigowda is also known as Father of Horticulture in India.

August 8 is celebrated as M.H.Marigowda Foundation Day. Dr Manmohan Attavar is the President of M.H. Marigowda Horticultural Education and Research Foundation.

Dr Marigowda, a horticultural expert, had dedicated his life for the development of the field of Horticulture, as it would help in uplifting farmers and provide healthy food for the society as a whole. He had envisaged setting up of farms and farmer outlets in every district and taluk in the State, apart from measures to offer courses in horticulture at Lalbagh.

When Dr. M.H Marigowda took the charge of the post of the Superintendent of Horticulture in Mysore, in 1951, the developmental works in the state started with an unprecedented pace. In 1963, consequent to the formation of the separate Department of Horticulture, he was elevated to the post of the Director of Horticulture. Several schemes which were earlier handled by the Agriculture Department, were transferred to this newly created Department. In 1965, the reorganization of the Department took place and several posts were created in order to carry over the task of Horticulture development in the state. Also, a large number of new scheme were sanctioned. In 1956, as a result of reorganization of the state, the Horticultural activities were extended to all the 19 districts. Thus, he was responsible for elevating the minor Department of Horticulture to a major Department. During his term, he took the Horticulture to the rural areas and to the common man. He set into implementation of a unique pattern of Horticulture development i.e., “4-Limbed Model of Horticulture”. To suit to this, he established the Horticulture Produce Co-operative Marketing Society and the Nurserymen’s Co-operative Society at Bangalore. He started as many as 357 farms and nurseries all over the state. His visualization of the farms and nurseries was in developing them as progeny orchards, nursery centers and places of demonstration of new crops and technology to the farmers. Seed testing, soil testing and plant protection laboratories were started at Lalbagh by him. Several park and gardens were laid out in different cities and towns of the state. The area of Lalbagh Botanical Garden was expanded to 240 acres (0.97 km2) and planted with additional native and exotic species of plants during his period. Dr. Marigowda was a staunch advocate of Dry Land Horticulture and the principals and practices of these technologies were demonstrated in most of the farms started by him. This inspired the farmers of the state to practice Dry Land Horticulture on vast dry and drought prone tracts of the state. Mixed cropping and intercroppings got special fillip during his times. Thus, through multifarious achievements and feats, the state of Karnataka became the “Horticultural State of India”, and Dr. Marigowda’s name became immortal in the annals of Horticulture development in Karnataka.

A succinct biographical sketch of M. H. Marigowda was well portrayed by noted Indian journalist, writer, critic and editor S. R. Ramaswamy in his book "Deeptimantaru".

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The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:02:39 -0800

It will mark the 150{+t}{+h}birth anniversary of Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel and the birth centenary of Dr. M.H. Marigowda, both renowned horticulturists, said S. B. Bommanahalli, Director of Horticulture. “The 11-day show will cost Rs.1.2 crore and is ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 16:33:26 -0800

“Given the fact that we are commemorating German horticulturist J.H. Krumbiegel's 150th birth anniversary, and 2016 happens to be our own horticulture specialist M.H. Marigowda's birth centenary year, we decided to go national to draw in a vibrant ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:11:15 -0800

BENGALURU: The Horticulture Department has planned to build five new botanical gardens, on the lines of Lalbagh and Cubbon Park, outside the city. A park of 228 acres will be built at a cost of Rs20 lakh at Dr M H Marigowda Centre for Plant ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:31:12 -0800

He was honoured with the Dr. M.H. Marigowda State-level Best Horticulture Farmer Award by the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bengaluru, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Krishi Mela on Thursday. He now plans to develop a village library ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 14 Oct 2015 02:35:42 -0700

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture of former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Puri beach on the eve of his birth anniversary as a mark of honour. Mr. Pattnaik said he has created the five-feet high ...
The Hindu
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 05:56:15 -0700

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Bangalore: We Care – an expression of love and support, donation of 50 wheelchairs, Auditorium, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Dr. M.H. Marigowda Road, Hombegowda Nagar, 3.30 p.m.. Swasahaya – Hiriya ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:56:53 -0700

These structures include Dr. M.H. Marigowda National Horticultural Library, built in 1856, housing nearly 12,000 titles for green enthusiasts; the Greek-styled Krumbiegal Hall built in the late 1800s; and the circular Old Aquarium building dating back ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:06:54 -0700

The Independence Day Lalbagh Flower Show from August 7 to 16 is all set to welcome visitors from across the country with the Glass House hosting nearly 800 aesthetic exhibits. The pièce de résistance this year would be the replica of the Bangalore ...

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