A blooming retreat from the heat

A blooming retreat from the heat

A blooming retreat from the heat
The Nai Lert Flower & Garden Art Fair. (Photos courtesy of Nai Lert Park)

From today until Sunday, the 35th Nai Lert Flower & Garden Art Fair provides urbanites a summer retreat to escape the increasing temperature and lift their mood with flower displays and craft workshops.

With the theme "Blossoming Culinary Art", this four-day festival is divided into five zones to celebrate Thai arts, culture and craftsmanship. A part of proceeds will go to the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Proton Center, Chulalongkorn Hospital for treatment of brain cancer in paediatric patients with proton particles.

"This year's festival draws inspiration from the science and art of cooking with the finest Thai ingredients that have been considered Thailand's soft power. Families can enjoy entertaining flower-related activities, performances and workshops, or browse interesting handcrafted products from different communities," said Naphaporn Bodiratnangkura, a vice-president of the Nai Lert Park Association.

"The purpose of the Nai Lert Flower & Garden Art Fair is to provide a platform for the new generation to showcase their artistic abilities and creativity, with a hope of maintaining the legacy of our ancestors in creating people of quality."

The Nai Lert Flower & Garden Art Fair Nai Lert Park

The Flowers x Art zone boasts a massive 500m² carpet knitted from blooms, grains and seeds by famous florist Sakchai Guy. The park is beautifully embellished with 20 striking sculptures made of fresh flowers and cooking ingredients, making every corner a picturesque photo backdrop.

The 108-year-old Nai Lert Park Heritage Home is transformed into the Flowers x Exhibition zone, which features an exquisite beeswax castle modelled after Sakon Nakhon's Prasat Phueng as well as the Blossoming Fashion and Textile Design Exhibition, which displays a clothing line created by Thammasat University's Textile and Fashion Design students using edible cooking ingredients.

Modern Thai masterpieces are the result of the School of Culinary Art at Suan Dusit University combining Thai and Western methods for fruit and vegetable carving as well as fondant-based pastry making. In the Caladium Competition, Nai Lert Park and the Caladium Preservation and Development Association of Thailand exchange their breeding knowledge.

Visitors can fulfil their shopping goals at the Flowers x Market, where a wide range of artworks, silks, fashion accessories and decorative plants are on offer. The Flowers x Taste serves as a main dining venue, home to many popular international restaurants including Lady L, Ma Maison, Caviar Café and École Ducasse Bangkok Café.

The Flowers x Play is designed to be a playground, offering various interesting activities for people of all ages including cooking workshops and live music performances in the garden, and kids' balloon and face painting classes. Tickets are priced at 150 baht for adults and 100 baht for children, students and the disabled.

For more information, visit facebook.com/Nai Lert Flower and Garden Art Fair.

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