Looking at the list of this year's exhibitors, our attention was caught by the entry designed by Pattaya City & Nong Nooch Botanical Garden celebrating “Thailand: Our Pride, Our Monarch & Our Cultural Heritage”.
Having spent many years living in Thailand, Stoneballs Company is all too aware of the magnificent range of plants that are easily available there - be it large glossy, dark foliage shrubs and trees or magnificently scented, wildly floriferous plants that appeal. Even in the polluted and often yellow hazy air of Bangkok trees, shrubs and flowers all thrive happily alongside motorways, public parks, back yards or on tiny balconies with little, or seemingly, no attention. There are numerous 'garden centres' to be found alongside multi lane highways or along small and narrow urban streets, all selling a huge range of potted palms, Bougainvillaea and exotic orchids to name but a few. And all for a tiny price.
|Nong Nooch Gardens Pattaya|
|Sofitel Hotel Hua Hin|
The garden here is a perfectly controlled jungle (contrary, I know) Brimful of old, huge trees which shade the garden and house.There are also many tall palms including slender betel nut palms and Fan palms. The tall canopy and large space below the tree canopies gives a welcome respite from the tropical sun. The bright semi-shade supports a lush and richly varied understorey of mainly foliage plants and these contribute to the distinctive character of the garden. It's a haven to visit particularly as its set in the middle of soaring skyscrapers, wide roads and the ever present roaring traffic of Bangkok. Well worth a visit.
|Jim Thompson garden Bangkok|
|Stoneballs Company is certainly looking forward to seeing the Pattaya City and Nong Nooch garden at Chelsea and I'm sure it will bring back many fond memories of time spent in Thailand. Good luck to all at Chelsea, may the weather be bright and dry!|