For 25 years in a row Vasumathi Raghunath of Bengaluru has been winning the first prize in the small private garden category of the home garden competition of the Mysore Horticulture Society (MHS). An ardent gardener, she has been growing a variety of flowering plants and fruit in the 1,600 sqft garden of her 100-year-old home for the last 35 years. The garden competition is held twice every year – on Independence Day and Republic Day. In 2008 she won the Nurserymen’s Rolling Cup for ‘the rare and wide variety of plants grown healthily in the small plot’. In addition to flowering plants she has two coconut palms, two sapota (chiku) trees, guava, lemon and banana, all yielding fruit in season. She has 300 varieties of ornamental plants, 25 varieties of roses, 30 varieties of hibiscus, 15 jasmine and 10 arali. She also grows herbs and spices.