ONCE A GARDENER, ALWAYS A GARDENER:VISITING BANGKOK’S PLANT NURSERIES

Green is the colour of balance and harmony. From a colour psychology perspective, it is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. And the Bangkok’s green can be the greenest you’ll ever see!

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I used to work as a landscape gardener for many years: my grandparents use to run a flower shop and their parents were chief gardeners in a Italian castle way before them, so i guess we’ve got the green colour well codified in our genes ! I decided to go for a random walk in the north part of the city and i bumped into lots of plant nurseries. I couldn’t help walking through them with my camera.

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Plants, pots, garden furnishing items and rattan furniture were everywhere. The restoring shades of green and the smell of humid soil were bringing sweet childhood memories back to me.

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Sitting and chatting among the lush tropical green, women were working, looking after little pots and getting rid of herbs.

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Whole sections of bonsai were making me feel like a giant walking through the forest…

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I tried to explain to this lady that i used to do this job for many years. I speak no Thai, so our communication was all about gestures: cutting, pruning, digging….sweating ! She smiled back at me and was happy with me just looking around and taking photos.

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I used to spend days and weeks doing this work: just sitting on a bucket, in the middle of flowers, bees and butterflies…!

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Young customers were walking through the nurseries choosing plants and discussing with he owners.

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Baby plants are waiting for someone to transplant them in bigger pots..!

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And seeds of fruits and vegetables were for sale too..! Easy to grow your own stuff in this climate. A Thai friend of mine once told me that in Thai people mentality, they never worry about food, for the land is so rich and fertile, that when they drop a papaya seed, they get a tree in few weeks…so there’s no need to worry about it !

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This beautiful group of colourful pots grab my attention; i always loved pots as they allow you to move your plants and create depht using different sizes.

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A new stock of huge ones was just being delivered that morning…!

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Baskets of coconuts were delivered as well, ready to be sold on the countless city stalls.  Just stick a straw and you’re good to go !

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This gentleman makes his own miniature gardens and sells some of them. Great job indeed…!

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Rattan furniture always gives a very elegant touch to gardens, patios and terraces.

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If it wasn’t for the cars running down the big road, one would feel like he was in the middle of a tropical forest !

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Further down the road, shops were selling flowers, either real or plastic ones..!

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Orchids were on display in front of Siam Orchid Centre.

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In a concrete jungle like this, it’s always a great idea to spend some time among plants and flowers. Scents and colours can really help to re balance your mind…! And who knows, i might even end up getting a job down here..!IMG_1281

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One response to “ONCE A GARDENER, ALWAYS A GARDENER:VISITING BANGKOK’S PLANT NURSERIES

  1. I will be Visiting Bangkok,Patttaya,Phuket between 6thh Feb to 13th Feb’15.
    Please Provide your Address & Email for making a Visit to your Farm/Shop and for purchase of Seeds of Fruits & Vegetables.

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