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Where have all the gardeners gone?

The once-popular Chatuchak plant market seems to be wilting in the face of competition

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Is the Chatuchak midweek plant market dying a slow but natural death? Last Wednesday I went to see how the market was faring after the latest coup d’etat, and found it to be just a shadow of its old self. 

There were few buyers, and many stalls were vacant. It was only 3pm on Wednesday, but some of the stall owners were already preparing to take their plants home, when normally the market is open until Thursday. It seems gone are the days when the market was a beehive of activities as early as late Tuesday afternoon, when gardening enthusiasts converged on the market in order to be the first to get their hands at plants as they arrived.

“It has been like this for quite sometime, the coup has nothing to do with it,” a stall owner who gave her name only as Lek said.

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