Gardener in Bangalore

The Urban Mali Network

Our team of expert and skilled Malis bring their innate knowledge to create and care for 3000+ gardens in Bangalore and across South India over the last 3 years. 

A social enterprise, Urban Mali empowers farmers from rural areas around Bangalore to pursue their livelihood and find regular employment in the city. 

We believe in empowering our Malis. 

Ensuring dignified employment, a healthy income and a support network, we empower every member of our garden experts with the confidence of being able to pay back their debts and live a better life within the city. 

The UrbanMali fraternity of gardeners are also beneficiaries of microfinance options further allowing them to pay back agricultural debts, provide quality education for their children and better healthcare for their family members. 

Dr. Vandana Krishnamurthy introducing the UrbanMali Network

Our Mentors

Radha Eswar
Founder of The Fractal Entrepreneurship Foundation.

The birth of the Urban Mali Initiative is the brainchild of Radha Eswar, architect-turned-social entrepreneur.  She started TFEF - The Fractal Entrepreneurship Foundation, with the passion to remove poverty from the society through entrepreneurship. UrbanMali is incubated by TFEF. All the enterprises incubated with TFEF have a strong molding which nurtures the mind, body and soul while doing socially impacting work that helps revitalise the planet. 

Krish Murali Eswar 
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Guru.

The drive and vigour to make the Urban Mali Initiative achieve so much ground, drive social impact and benefit the mali community as well as the environment is owed to the foresight of Krish Murali Eswar. A Harvard business school graduate and a TEDx speaker on sustainable habitats, he has worked with the French government’s environment agency and led a team to innovate and design India’s first energy information center. Following his two major passions, astrology and Vastu shastra, KME is a mentor to all of TFEF's initiatives, he keeps us on track to success.

Dr. Ganesh Babu
​Native plant expert, Senior Researcher and Plant Specialist - FRLHT

Dr Ganesh Babu is the inspiration behind UrbanMalis support towards native plants across city gardens. He is a botanical expert and can instantly identify all the myriad plants with their curiosities and benefits. Dr Babu vouches by the importance of landscapes using indigenous and naturalized plants. He has helped create forests and large gardens with his exceptional botanical expertise.

Get In Touch

Bangalore South (Nursery)

#72, 18th Cross, 2nd Main, Avalahalli, J. P. Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560108

Bangalore North
No 15, 5th Cross, 1st Main, Amruthahalli, Jakkur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560092

Phone: +91  88800-482-000

Email: [email protected]

Mon – Sat: 9am – 6pm

Sun: Holiday