1.1.1940 – 1.1. 2022
Shri Satish Mathur started his career in the horticulture department of CPWD and held the prestigious role of Director of Horticulture at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi for over 35 years until his retirement. He had more than 50 years of experience in the field of landscaping. In his illustrious career as a government horticulturist he served as the Chief Horticulturist to the President of India and was in charge of maintaining the famed presidential gardens. In this capacity he served seven presidents of India, with each appreciating his labour of love for the gardens.
Mr Mathur was known as the king of the Mughal Gardens. His moment of glory came when Prince Charles, on a visit to the Mughal Gardens, saw chikoo bonsais laden with chikoos. He appreciated the work being done and was so highly impressed that he personally invited Satish Mathur to visit the Royal Gardens of Buckingham Palace. Recognition of his immense contribution in the field of horticulture and landscaping came when he was awarded in 2011 with the title of Best Horticulturist of India.
He shared his knowledge generously and was an active member of various horticultural bodies. All India Kitchen Garden Association was one of the first in his glorious journey. He was instrumental in setting up the AIKGA. He was president of many other prominent horticultural organisations during his lifetime and provided guidance and help to many others.
Even after retirement, Satish Mathur continued to work as an independent consultant to various organisations and individuals.
For us, at Indraprastha Horticulture Society, he was a true guide and mentor, always ready to help when needed. He never turned down an invitation from the society and honoured IHS by coming as a judge for our annual flower shows. We are immensely proud that he was associated with Indraprastha Horticulture Society for more than two decades and salute him for his commitment to gardening.
Satish Mathur’s historical contribution in the field of horticulture will be remembered for years to come. He had a dynamic personality and attracted one and all with his knowledge, keenness to participate, spirit of sharing, and soft and polite nature. He epitomized perfection in his profession.
Indraprastha Horticulture Society’s tribute to late Sh. Satish Mathur is embedded in the lines below:
“कलम से बगवानी का इतिहास लिख गए
काम करो ऐसा की पहचान बन जाए
हर कदम ऐसा चलो के निशान बन जाए”