While most societies these days have parks, the Beverly Park II, one of the oldest condominiums in Gurgaon, has maintained the age-old tradition of having a garden within its premises.
And Centre Court — that's what the 2,000-sqm garden is called — has won the Best Garden Award at the HUDA Flower Show earlier this year.
Centre Court has an impressive ensemble of African palms and a water fountain surrounded by Bismarckia on its four corners. Beverly Park II has groups of residents managing various sections within the society. Anita Kapur and Devinder Kaur are the ones who take care of the garden.
Speaking to City Spidey, Kapur, who is also the RWA's vice-president, said, "We are blessed to have such a huge area in the middle of the society. Without that, we would never have been able to develop the Centre Court. The RWA spends about a lakh on it every year to maintain this spectacle."
The condominium has a team of eight gardeners and a supervisor to look after the plants and keep the lawns well manicured. The garden has a majestic display of Portulaca, also known as the sun rose, Vinca and sunflower.
In winter, the focus shifts to flowers such as daffodils, tulips, petunias, pansies, marigold and Salvia divinorum (also known as seer's sage).
"The Centre Court is exceptional," said Rahul Sood, a software engineer by profession. "It's a lovely sight to wake up to, with all these flowers in full bloom."
Since it's a garden and not a park, there are no benches, jogging tracks or swings. One can enjoy a walk through the garden, though — there's a stone track for residents to walk on without damaging the lawns.