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Orchids in bloom
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: May 30, 2013 at 8:02 am
Siam Paragon is going to be transformed into a paradise of orchids where visitors will have a week to explore majestic flowers from June 6 to 12.
The "7th Siam Paragon Bangkok Royal Orchid Paradise" is held under the concept of "Amazing Orchids of the Nation" to honour HM the Queen's 81st birthday anniversary, as well as to promote and preserve the orchid as a national icon, and orchid cultivation as an industry of international standing.
Held in collaboration with the Ministry of Agricultural and Cooperatives's Department of Agriculture, the Horticultural Science Society of Thailand and the Royal Horticulture Society of Thailand, this year's exhibition will showcase nine orchid species from professional and amateur growers from across the country.
Growers are invited to enter their plants into a contest to vie for a trophy from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, cash prizes and certificates.
The plants must be submitted on Wednesday from 8am to 1pm at the MA floor of Siam Paragon. The nine species are Vanda and Ascocenda, Cattleya and related genera, Dendrobium, Oncidium and related genera (Cymbidium, Grammatophyllum, Spathoglottis), Paphiopedilum and related genera, Phalaenopsis and related genera, Renanthera, Arachnis and Mokara, genuine orchids, and orchid hybrids.
A showcase of the award-winning specimens will be complemented by a series of seminars conducted by orchid experts. These will take place on June 7 from 1.30pm to 4pm, June 8 and 9 from 4pm to 6pm and June 10 to 12 from 2pm to 4pm. Seats are limited.
Other floral arrangements on display include the marvellous Rhynchostylis orchids from another contest organised by Muang Thai Life Assurance which offers a trophy from the Minister of Agricultural and Cooperatives as top prize and a pair of 2.5m high replicas of albino elephants made of Rhynchostylis orchids and adorned with other embellishments.
There will also be several mythical creatures made of other kinds of orchids on display, plus a showcase of sculptural pieces made from orchids by leading hotels such as Siam Kempinski, Royal Orchid Sheraton and Dasada Resort.
Activities include a workshop on decoupage on June 7 from 4pm to 7pm and on flower decoration on June 8 and 9 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, an exhibition of orchid paintings and sales of orchids and garden equipment at special prices.
There is no admission fee. For more information, call 02-310-2080 or 085-901-1818.