Sunder Nursery was established as a nursery in the early 20th century when the British were laying foundations for New Delhi. A nursery was founded here where plants for the new capital city were propagated and grown. Plant species from all over the British empire were transported here, which includes some rare and some dating to as far as 200 years old.

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At Sunder Nursery, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has planted over 20000 saplings over the past decade - many now fully grown trees. This with the objective of making Sunder Nursery a hub for ecological awareness and interest - through the creation of micro-forests, bird and butterfly zones. The butterfly zone is planted with plant species favored by butterflies including, Harsingar, Palash, Jhau, Hamelia, Kaith, Hibiscus, Mitragyna, Umbrella sedge, amongst others.

Several varieties of grasses have been planted in Sunder Nursery like Vetiveria grass, Cenchrus grass, Sporobolus, Kans grass, Dhoob grass, Paspalum ( Water finger grass), and Paspalum (Silt grass) amongst others.

To enhance the ecological significance of the region a 30-acre microhabitat zone has been created within Sunder Nursery to simulate Delhi's once rich and now quickly disappearing biodiversity, including kohi (hilly), khadar (riverine), bangar (alluvial) and dabar (marshy) zones featuring over 100 regional tree species unique to the region.
The landscape plan is designed to enhance nursery functions, heritage assets, and create a micro-habitat and arboretum zone. It also focuses on the introduction of educational facilities to allow Delhi residents and especially school children to enhance the understanding of ecology and nursery activities.

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A site with breath-taking monuments, paradise gardens and biodiversity, Sunder Nursery was listed amongst the 100 WORLD’S GREATEST PLACES of 2018 by TIME Magazine.

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