Between 9 November 2011 and 15 February 2012 the town of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand hosted an exhibition called Royal Flora to commemorate three auspicious occasions: The 84th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the King, The 80th Birthday Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen, The 60th Birthday Anniversary of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince in the form of The International Horticultural Exposition for His Majesty the King. The theme: Reducing global warming to save planet earth and to improve the quality of life from the concept of 3Gs (Generation, Garden, Greenitude) and 3Rs (Reuse, Reduce, Recylcle).
According to the publicity: “More than 8,000 plant and flower species will be showcased here, all displayed in various themes. There will be 30 decorative gardens of the international participants, including 23 existing international gardens from the last show, plus seven new zones from Armenia, Canada, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Yemen.
This year’s exposition will also introduce a new “Imagination Light Garden”, an illuminated garden filled with plants, floras and glow-in-the-dark butterflies. The International Gardens zone will feature national blossoms, blooms, horticulture, as well as the culture, art and architecture of the participating countries from around the world. Each garden will reflect historic, diplomatic, cultural and trade ties between nations, people or, where possible, royal families of the two countries. The Thai Tropical Garden will be a colossal 100,000-square-metre area where visitors will be able to witness first-hand an extensive variety of tropical horticulture encompassing fruits, plants, flowers and herbs.”
The area covered by the exhibition was so large that we decided to return a few days later, in the late afternoon so that we could see the illuminated areas at night (see separate post).