Two million plants will be displayed at the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011, showcasing orchids, Thai lotus and herbal plants plus International Gardens landscaped by 30 Participating Nations, highlighted by the Giant Flora Wheel, the Imagination Light Gardens and the Kids’ Eco Park
The International Horticultural Exposition: Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 to be held during 9 November 2011 to 15 February 2012, is to commemorate three auspicious occasions of the 84th Birthday celebration of His Majesty the King, the 80th Birthday celebration of Her Majesty the Queen and the 60th Birthday celebration of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince. The Royal Exhibition entitled “Succeeding Father’s Foot Steps: Agriculture for Sustainable Life” will be showcased during this exposition. The Department of Agriculture reported that the landscape of the event is nearly completed whereas other preparations is expected to be finished within 3 months, this colossal garden will be home to over 2 million trees including the Thai herbal plants, the world popular of Thai lotus and plenty kinds of orchid species as well as international gardens of 30 nations. The AIPH President revealed that the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 will be even grander than the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 since Thailand is the forefront on agriculture and its richness in plants biodiversity such as the world renowned Thai herbal plants. The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 aimed to cultivate awareness among youth to care for the environments. The event will be convented at the Royal Park Rajapruek in Mae Hia Sub-District, Mueang District of Chiangmai.
Mr. Jirakorn Kosaisawe, Director General of the Department of Agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives said that the preparation is now nearly completed and on 16 August the Highland Agricultural Development Institute will officially hand over the Ratchaphruek garden to the Department of Agriculture especially to set up over 2 million greenery with 8,000 species of plants and flowers. To date, 80% of preparations have already been arranged and organized including the details of the exhibitions, competitions, symposia, and international gardens and a lot more new nightlights. The organizers are confident that within 3-months from now, all preparation activities will be completed and ready to welcome daily over 40,000 visitors from both domestic and foreign countries a day.
The international garden will be landscaped by 30 participating countries namely (1) Armenia, (2) Bangladesh, (3) Belgium, (4) Bhutan, (5) Cambodia, (6) Canada, (7) China, (8) India, (9) Indonesia, (10) Iran, (11) Japan, (12) Kenya, (13) Laos, (14) Malaysia, (15) Mauritania, (16) Morocco, (17) Nepal, (18) the Netherlands, (19) Nigeria, (20) Pakistan, (21) Qatar, (22) South Africa, (23) South Korea, (24) Spain, (25) Sudan, (26) Taiwan, (27) Turkey, (28) Vietnam and (29) Yemen, international organizations such as (30) Kyoto/Osaka/Hyogo and 19 corporations will also be participating in the said event, particularly in the national garden corporations.
The details of the Commemoration Exhibitions of two major parts: the first one will be at the Ho Kham Royal Pavilion, featuring the Biography and the Royal Duties and Philosophies of His Majesty the King in relation to agriculture through over 3,000 Royal Projects nationwide; the second one will be showcased at the Expo Center 1, featuring the Exhibition of “Succeeding Father’s Foot Steps: Agriculture for Sustainable Life”, the Exhibition to Commemorate Her Majesty the Queen on Little House in the Forest project and the Promotion of Her Majesty Urelihood Program, the Exhibition to Commemorate His Royal Highness the Crown Prince on his duties concerning the agriculture and the Family project. Visitors will also enjoy listening the beautiful of Royal music played by the jazz band on the weekend and the public holidays.
Moreover, there will be over 642 various kinds of national and international competitions, comprised of 51 varieties of flowers, ornamental plants, fruits, vegetables as well as tea and coffee. Also, there will be 1,000 kinds of herbal plants will be featured in the area of 5 rai within this event. Visitors will be amazed with the Orchid Adventure Tunnel, a collection of all species of orchids in the country. At the exposition, the Trilobite, the prehistory animals and the hard-to-find insects are added attraction.
The event is also knowledge riched by international conferences, featuring 13 symposia such asthe International Symposium on Role of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Reducing the Global Warming, the International Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits, the International Symposium on Fruits and Vegetables Standard, the World Conference on Silk, International Symposium on Orchid and Ornamental Plants and International Symposium on Rubber, and 7 national conferences on 7 interesting subjects such as Lotus, Vetiver Grass, Coffee, Mushroom and Citrus.
During theRoyal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011, the Traveling Exhibition will be organized at the new building called the Expo Center 2, featuring the evolution and innovation of the Thai agriculture into the world arena, comprising national and international horticulture showcases with over 8,000 of new plants, the 3G and 3R plants with a concept to cultivate awareness to slow the global warming and preserve energy and, there will be the fruits and ornamental plants together with tropical plants exhibitions”, the Director General of the Department of Agriculture added.
Moreover, Dr. Doeke C. Faber, President of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) stated that “Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 will be interesting and beautiful, as we use the same garden for the exhibition. To improve and add new details to the existing park will make the exhibition more beautiful and attractive.
This year’s concept will focus on the natural conservation and sustainability such as 3G and 3R, which will make this event different from last time event. Also we want to focus on how horticulture can play a role in improving the environment on a global scale. Not only that, we also present many of the Royal projects, that will give benefit and knowledge to the visitors.
One of the highlights that I like is House of insect. It shows us how we can live in harmony with Nature. This will make and help the new generation to learn and understand more about Nature. As for the orchid and the water lily, Thailand is considered as a leader next to Taiwan and Netherlands. This event will show you not only the beauty of flowers and plants, it will also give you knowledge and information, for there will be many activities such as competitions and conferences.
I, myself, feel like an ambassador of flowers and plants. I feel I have a mission to make the farmers become more concerned and responsible to the environment. I want our growers and exporters to be a role model to the young generation of farmers, as they should feel a responsibility to an environmentally sustainable world. Therefore, I would like other important horticultural producing and exporting countries to join AIPH in order to spread this concept to the world and to strengthen the work of AIPH.”
Mr. Upatham Nisitsukchareon, Director of the Administration Office of the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 stated that “the new three-highlight attractions will be as below;
The Imagination Light Garden will impress all visitors with a creation of million lighting spots and the beauty of dancing butterflies together with the interactive leafs sparkling to the colorful of the lights. This year exposition will be open until 21.00 hrs and 22.00 hrs on public holidays. The solar cell flowers ground is also a must for visitors to explore”,
Samart Corporation Plc., the main sponsor of Imagination Light Garden, supported the concept of Imagination Light Garden, as the first and most modern technology presentation in Thailand. Not only interesting, beautiful, trendy show but hi-technology involves all show details that represent the key concept of Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 and Samart Corporation Plc.’s vision, whichgoes to “Be the most recognized company for advance technology that enrich lives.” Therefore the Imagination Light Garden will be the most interesting, impressive, happy and knowledge garden as the learning center for better life of Thai people.
The Giant Flora Wheel which is 40 meters high, from which you will enjoy the scenery of the whole area, 470 rais, of this splendid festival especially at nighttime. Moreover you will be fantasied at first time in Thailand by the combination of the most hi-technology multimedia presentation and the nature at tree house.
Thai Beverage Plc., and “Chang” brand, the main sponsor of The Giant Flora Wheel, is proudly a major part of the Thailand largest event of the year 2011 for birthday celebration of His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince. The visitors will enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants at this event especially new amazing experiences on the top of the Giant Flora Wheel. This is another great place that you can have a good rest and spend time to watch the whole area romantically at day and night time.
The Kids’ Eco Park, the multi-media and interactive fun park will entertain children and knowledge enhancing activities, that would inspire the new generation to care for the environments and to reduce global warming through modern technology of cartoons animation of Nong Khoon”, the mascot of the new generation with a positive view in preserving natural resources accompanied with his colleagues.”
Moreover Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 be supported by local and international organizations such as Central group, who provides promotion event area at 22 branches of central department store.
Last but not least, many photo-taking spots decorated with beautiful and colorful flowers will be provided for all visitors. There will be two main entrances of the festival, the renovated toilets, the parking lot to accommodate numbers of visitors each day plus more souvenirs shops and restaurants. The numbers of visitors will be limited not over 30,000 to 40,000 per day to ease the entries. Many special activities and performances will be arranged at all 99 days, especially on the public holidays such as Loy Krathong Day, His Majesty the King Birthday, New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day as added treat at the festival.