In times when Climate Change everyone knows will have massive adverse repercussions on humans civilisation. Its pertinent for everyone to care for environment be it ones Corporate Social Responsibility or individual responsibility. In fact, for People living in cities that are in grip of air pollution– its even more important to stay in harmony with nature. Delhi in this case has been severely affected by Smog in recent times.
For a fast growing metropolitan city like Delhi, getting rid of the air pollution problem is not going to be easy unless it becomes a mass movement. NewGen entrepreneurs here will surely play an important role in their own unique ways. Here, in business of representation caring for National Tourism Organisations, Hospitality Majors, Resorts and other marquee brands- the Outbound Konnections team led by Komal Seth in Delhi has scripted a motivating story that reflects its ethos to not only care for its clients but also the environment.
Seemingly inspired from the country it represents- Sharjah, the Outbound Konnections team at Delhi office calls its newly built terrace garden like an oasis in the desert. In midst of otherwise expanding concrete jungle of Central Delhi’s Patel Nagar, in short period of time the terrace garden has attracted visitors and blooms, that will amaze everyone, says Komal.
“Every time you walk into this terrace, you will find something new. It could be a bunch of bright red roses that bloomed early morning or two squirrels jumping from one shrub to other in playful ignorance; that blue & pink butterfly resting on the fresh green leaf or the delicate vine growing vertically, aiming towards the sky – there is never a dull moment in this space. On bright sunny days, the terrace host feathery guests like sparrows, parrots, mynahs, white pigeons and others,” adds Komal.
But this wasn’t always a greenhouse. Earlier, the terrace served as a storehouse for garbage and kitchen material for the restaurant that operates and still exists right under the terrace. There were old wooden planks, discarded cans and other unwanted items lying around, and the terrace was home to rats and mice. Komal Seth here was lucky as her mother, Poonam Seth, a hotelier by profession, decided to help her give a green makeover and turn this space from a junkyard to green haven for her.
With a strong motivation and no formal training in landscape and interior design, Outbound Konnections team in guidance of Poonam gave not only an aesthetic up-gradation of the terrace, but has created a model for everyone to follow.
What are the advantages of terrace garden?
Having worked with ITDC hotels for 16 years as an executive housekeeper and being a nature lover by birth, Poonam believes that a gardening and would often use her refined aesthetics to enliven otherwise dull spaces with her knowledge of plants & flowers. Speaking about the initiative for Outbound Connections, she shares that her first priority was to make the terrace cooler and create a relief barrier from harsh sun. She started with recycling the beer & wine bottles that the restaurant regularly disposed and used them to adorn a big wall bottles-turned- planters. Gradually, more pots and plants were added with interesting elements to the terrace garden. Today, the garden flourishes through the year with more than 500 plants, climbers, vines and blooming shrubs like marigold, jasmine, rose, chameli, basil, thyme etc.
The materials used are glass, natural wood, grass, natural stone, jute bags, yoghurt containers to create outside- in experience. Whether you are sitting at the terrace garden or inside the office, you can connect and feel the natural sunlight and beautiful landscape spilling into your space from all sides. From mud lamps to Buddhist flags to idols of gods & goddesses, the terrace has a strong rustic appeal
When the sun goes down, Outbound Konnections terrace brings back the romance of a roof top destination through a chic gazebo like ambience. Green plants & climbers with fairy lights, the subtle aroma of fragrant flowers and very chic garden furniture creates an unbelievable ambience. It keeps the morale of the team here in mood to deliver their best and indirectly adds value to all its clientele that needs out of the box solutions!