Horniman Circle Gardens is a huge park of Mumbai, which sprawls over an area of 10.101 sq m. It is located in the Fort District of South Mumbai. The park is situated amidst premier banks and was initially known as Bombay Greens. Horniman Circle Garden dates back to the 18th Century, when it was laid down with the purpose of providing an open space to the locals living in the walled city area. Since the garden has been planted with trees of every season; it blossoms with lush greenery throughout the year.
Beautifully constructed and meticulously planned sidewalks surround it from all the sides. Horniman Circle Garden was renamed for the first time when it was given the name of Elphinstone Circle, after Lord Elphinstone (the then Governor). With time, the condition of the garden deteriorated and it started becoming a ground for dumping debris. It was only at the hands of Charles Forjett, the then Police Commissioner, that efforts were put in to restore the long-lost glory of the Horniman Circle Gardens.
For the purpose, he gathered support from other people too, like Lord Mountstuart Elphinstone and Sir Bartle Frère. With the arrival of the year 1872, the garden was completely overhauled and given a new look altogether. However, its name continued to be Elphinstone Circle only. The name ‘Horniman Circle Gardens’ was accorded to the garden after India’s independence. It was named as such in the honor of Benjamin Horniman, a pro-freedom editor of the Bombay Chronicle.
The garden has been designed keeping in mind the Park Crescent of London. The neoclassical arcade of Horniman Circle Gardens is situated bang opposite a small park. Apart from a park, the complex comprises of a Historic Asiatic Society Library also. There is a circular assembly of buildings in the park, adding to its splendor. The design and architecture of the garden, along with the buildings situated within its premises, remind one of the colonial era. Presently, Horniman Circle Garden is being managed by the Horniman Circle Garden Trust.