The department of Horticulture was established in 1949 associated with building department and became independent in the year 1957. The department was initially headed by Shri. G.S. Nanjundayya as Garden superintendent in the year 1958. At present department has independent building and a Nursery and is headed by Dr. G.S. Mulgund as a I/C. Horticulture Officer.
The total area of the campus is about 750 acres. The department is involved in maintaining the aesthetic value of the Karnatak University, Campus and other constituent Colleges by continuously maintaining the Garden and development along with plantation extension activities in the campus for improving the carban sinks in the campus.
The department has a two nurseries established in area about 10 acres which also has a two Green houses. The nursery has more than 600 verities of plants and nearly about 10,000 potted plants. The plant propagation and other developmental work in these nurseries is continuous programme. The department also maintains the premises of the different constituent Colleges such as Karnatak College, University College of Education, Sir Shiddappa Kambali Law College, and University Public school and all Hostels of the Karnatak University.
The department has different sources of income such as Mango, Sapota, Guva plantation and Tamarind, Coconut, Lemon, Grass and rent collected by potted plants from other departments. But free service is given to the University functions. Following table shows increasing tendency.
The Karnatak University Botanic Garden has been established in 1963. It is the only Botanic Garden in northern part of Karnataka state. It spreads in an area of over 40 acres and is located at elevation of 830 meters. The flowering plants represent 170 families and more than 1300 sps. have been maintained. This garden also has a small nursery where medicinal plants, rare and ornamental plants are maintained. It is the member of BGCI and IBGN. The Garden is well planned with different sections like 1. Oil yielding plant, 2. Economic plants, 3. Garcinia section, 4. Coconut garden, 5. Citrus garden, 6. Systematic section and 7. Gymnosperms and local flora section. The Garden has both indigenous and exotic sps. from different places.
The Garden is a centre of study for students of M.Sc. Botany and various other departments like Zoology and Chemistry. This garden is a centre of attraction for public, nature lovers and students of different Colleges, including Ayurvedic and Homeopathy Colleges and other Universities for the study.
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The department has extended its services to the different P.G. Centres:
According to the natural conditions the department is continuously extending its service for cleaning, greening and developing the Gardens. The department is planning to give extension services for Horticulture training programs to the interested public to maintain the nurseries and gardens and landscaping.
IMPORTANT PLANTS AT K.U. CAMPUS, DHARWAD-580003