Nong Nooch celebrates U.K. flower show gold with party

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Thailand’s culture minister joined top area politicians to help Nong Nooch Tropical Garden celebrate its gold-medal victory at Britain’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Minister Sonthaya Kunplome was welcomed to the Najomtien tourist attraction for the June 17 party by park Director Kampol Tansajja, along with Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai and Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome.

Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome (back row, 5th left), Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai (back row, 7th left) and Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (back row, 8th left) along with others congratulate Nong Nooch Tropical Garden director Kampol Tansajja (back row, 6th left) for the park’s great achievement.Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome (back row, 5th left), Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai (back row, 7th left) and Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (back row, 8th left) along with others congratulate Nong Nooch Tropical Garden director Kampol Tansajja (back row, 6th left) for the park’s great achievement.

For the fourth consecutive year, judges from the United Kingdom’s Royal Horticultural Society honored the kingdom May 21 with a medal for a display of Thai plants and flowers surrounding a traditional Thai farmer’s house. The exhibit also featured a wooden Thai elephant and a recreation of the Royal Thai Barge, all decorated with orchids and other Thai plants.

Kampol said this year’s show proved extra special because Thailand’s display was located on the route Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles took, offering the royal couple a chance to marvel at the kingdom’s display. The director said he personally greeted the royal family, whose members all praised the Thai exhibit.

Kampol noted that Thailand was the only Southeast Asian company to exhibit at this year’s show, shining even a brighter spotlight on the kingdom.

At the celebration party, politicians joined private companies and Nong Nooch partners in presenting congratulatory flower baskets to park officials.