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Possibilities bloom for gardeners at annual flora fair

The Chon Buri expo offered a bounty of plants and paid homage to the writer's husband for his contributions to horticulture

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Since I really have no more space for them, buying plants was the farthest thing from my mind when I attended the opening of the eight-day Eastern Flora Exhibition and Contest in Chon Buri, which ended last Sunday. But my resolve vanished when I saw adenium, or chuan chom in Thai, hybrids I had never seen before. Many had double petals and looked like roses, and came in different colour combinations, like dark red bordered by black, or light green splashed with pink. In my mind, I suddenly found space for them on the small balcony in my bedroom, and my husband, ML Charuphant, and I went home loaded with plants. 

NOT TO BE MISSED: The Eastern Flora Exhibition and Contest is an annual horticultural highlight.

Actually, I was there to accompany my husband, who was presented with an award of merit by the organisers of the event. Many members of the ornamental plant growers association in the eastern region were former students at Kasetsart University, had attended the countless seminars in which he shared his knowledge about plants, read his books reading his columns in magazines and newspapers, or had benefited from his research work. The award was given to show appreciation for all these and other contributions to the state of horticulture in Thailand.

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