Agri-Horticultural Society of India, Calcutta, West Bengal
Once operating as the de facto Agriculture Ministery of the Central Government till 1900, (Calcutta was the capital of India during the British raj,) the Agri-Horticultural Society of India was my oyster on the morning of April 23. I was lucky enough to nab an exclusive tour of grounds with Deputy Secretary Rabindra Nath Adhikary thanks to the Khaitan family that has supported and overseen the society through the generations. Imagine being able to touch and photograph volumes of meeting minutes dating back to the 1820s. And that was just the library. Here is the society, in pictures. (If you’ve visited our local Kampong or Fairchild Tropical Gardens here in Miami, you may see some familiar trunks, leaves, fruits and flowers!) I also seriously recommend you check out their very well done website if you are interested in learning more about its history and cultural significance.