One of my first memories as a child was running up on to the roof of my home and finding my grandmother delicately tending to her precious rose plants, a grapevine and a glass house full of cacti, all this in the bustling suburb of Mumbai.
Sharing her passion for horticulture my grandfather Mr. N.S. Rao inaugurated Green Grower Nursery a Div Of Pest Control India Private Limited in 1998. Having found my own green passion I took “root” within the nursery and discovered my inherent connection with Mother Nature. In turn, I headed to the University of Melbourne, Australia, for a Post Graduate Diploma in Horticulture in a hope to understand her better.
On returning, I spent the next phase living and working at our plant production facility, a 25acre farm on the outskirts of Mumbai. As Assistant Divisional Manager I involved myself in all aspects of this “growing” business, from managing two retails nursery stores to landscaping, tree transplanting, plant git services & more.
Ten years since then and having had the opportunity to work and travel in various parts of India, I felt an overwhelming need to expand my reach to people share with them a little bit of my passion, this is how I began – Under the Tree in February 2012.
And today as Under the Tree I have conducted numerous workshops on an array of topics ranging from sealed terrarium making to herb & vegetable growing. Creating food forests & nature trails, setting up vegetable farms & native gardens in & around Mumbai & Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi, Pondicherry, Chennai & Hyderabad.
Supplying city folk with fresh produce was one of my dreams & this I was able to accomplish in 2016 after setting up Harmony Farms in Karjat. Now, I hope to further this mission here in Goa, my new base.
The lack of time & space in today’s world inhibits us from experiencing the magic that lies in creating, maintaining and growing with a garden of your own.
My goal is to help each individual rediscover the unique connection they share with Nature & with plants in particular.
Through my garden design & consultancy service, I also hope, to promote a holistic approach to the art of nature-scaping, by being kind to the environment & learning from it as much as possible. Knowledge and creativity combine to create visually appealing gardens & natural spaces for rest & recreation.
Under the tree farm is to be a sustainable environmentally conscious space for growing, sharing and learning. The organic gardening workshops I intend to conduct will encourage people to get in touch with their earthy side.