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A pre-biennial 2012 trip to Nong Nooch, Thailand


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#1 Licuala

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:21 AM

I went to Thailand last month and spent a week at Nong Nooch, which will be home base for the upcoming Biennial in September. Despite being there a week, I did not see everything and am looking forward to going back to try and see more of the incredibly impressive Gardens.

Nong Nooch covers 600 acres, part of which is an amazing nursery, but mainly full of Gardens with a little Disney thrown in. 1.7 million people visited last year with the majority coming from China, Russia and India. There are over 1000 species of palms planted, some of which will not be found in any other Garden in the world. There is also a major collection of Cycads as well as extensive collections of bromeliads, cacti, heliconias, cordylines, crotons and other plant groups.

Attendees of the upcoming Biennial are in for what promises to be one of the best, if not the best Biennial ever.

I did manage to take over 1200 photos while there so over the next few weeks I will post some of them here. There was lots to see! :mrlooney:

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:24 AM

The growth of the palms is incredible. Many of the first ones planted less than 25 years old including these Copernicia hospitas.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:31 AM

The Gardens are very diversified with palms always being a part of nearly all of them. This is the sight from a little cafe area with Copernicia baileyanas, Copernicia hospitas and a Lodoicea maldivica sprouting up in the back under the baileyana to the right.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:34 AM

Here are a couple overviews of small parts of the Gardens.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:42 AM

You never know what you may find when strolling around! :)

Perhaps a Mammoth or 2!

Giant ants or herds of ants!

Giraffes protecting cycads!

or

a giant spider! :D

Regardless, palms are always close by! :mrlooney:

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:45 AM

For those want to see the sites from a different perspective, there are always the elephant rides :D

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:48 AM

These pigs seem thrilled by the sight of this Corypha utan :lol:

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:54 AM

This is the formal European Gardens. The shrines are replicas of ones found throughout Thailand.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:55 AM

Of course what would a Garden be without its very own Stonehenge :D

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 12:01 PM

Here is a tease of a few palms. This walk is a new feature only a year old. One could spend easily a half day wandering through and seeing all the species planted :mrlooney:

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 12:05 PM

A couple of interesting scenes! :rolleyes:

I will be adding more photos very soon!!!

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:08 PM

Wow, looks like an amazing place, cant wait for some more pics :drool:
The biennial looks like a must if this is anything to go by.
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 05:32 AM

Wow Paul! Thanks for the photos. :)

Did you get any croton shots? :winkie:



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Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:53 AM

Wow Paul! Thanks for the photos. :)

Did you get any croton shots? :winkie:



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Sorry Ron! For some reason I have a bit of an adversion to crotons, so did not take any photos of them. They do have an extensive collection, I just did not pay much attention to them ............. :blink:
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:55 AM

Well, I reckon it is time to show a few palms! :D

These are Borassus flabellifer planted in a grouping. Not something most of us would ever think of doing with such massive palms!

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:58 AM

The golden Adonidia merrillii, which you either love or feel like dumping tons of fertilizer on. I kinda started liking them more seeing them in Thailand. They are most golden in full sun.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:01 AM

Here are some Arecas.

First is the nicest Areca triandra I have ever seen anywhere. :D

Second is the yellow crownshaft form of Areca catechu.

And last is Areca macrocalyx.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:05 AM

Here is a palm you will not see much anywhere outside of New Caledonia - Saribus jeanneneyi (use to be Pritchardiopsis jeannenyi) There are 2 of them doing quite well in Nong Nooch.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:09 AM

A couple of Seychelles natives:

First is Phoenicophorium borsignianum followed by Verschaffeltia splendida

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:16 AM

Being an absolute Licuala freak, I did see lots of them, many that I had never seen before. I will be showing many more of them later, but here are a couple growing in various parts of the Gardens.

First is Licuala peltata var. sumawongii, which is native to Thailand and neighboring Malaysia

Second is Licuala paludosa. This form was originally named L. aurantiaca, which has been reduced as a synonym of L. paludosa. The main difference I saw was the old L. aurantiaca has orange petioles.

Last is a very attractive unidentified species.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:18 AM

Speaking of Licualas, this is South America's closest looking version, Itaya amicorum, which is actually more related to Chelyocarpus.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:22 AM

These are some 'blue' palms that can be found in the Blue Palm Garden. :winkie:

First is Livistona victoriae

Second Sabal uresana

and third Hyphaene petersiana

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:23 AM

These are Pigafetta filaris with white spines.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:27 AM

Here are a couple Raveneas:

Ravenea sambirinensis and Ravenea xerophylla (a really slow growing species).

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:35 AM

Arenga caudata has always been a bit of a mystery. When I had the nursery, I sprouted 3000 of them one time from wild collected seed and found that I had everything from the typical A. caudat to A. hookeriana and everything in-between. These 2 forms of A. caudata only solidifies my belief that it is a highly variable species and, like some taxonomists believe, that A. hookeriana is but one form.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:39 AM

These are some young Corypha umbraculifera. Note the person sitting on the bench to the left of the palms. Even though he is sitting back about 20 feet beyond the palms, you can get a sense of just how big these are! :unsure:

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:44 AM

Livistona carinensis is a rare species from Africa and Yemen. The leaf bases are quite attractive, particularly in contrast to the cream colored inflorescences. :)

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:52 AM

And last, for now, a few more shots of various palms found here and there in Nong Nooch.

Carpoxylon macrospermum

Livistona muelleri

Saribus rotundifolius

Dransfieldiana micrantha

Iguanura wallichiana

Kerriodoxa elegans

and Corypha utan - a different form that is found in Thailand

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 01:03 PM

:drool: :drool: :drool:
Beautifull.....
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You should enjoy the real experience of the Dalmatian region. Food, vine, arts, and than... for example... a wonderful summer afternoon, power nap. :)

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:41 AM

Nong Nooch has a brand new resort hotel, where most of the attendees will be staying. There are 70 rooms here. Once these rooms are filled up, there are 25 rooms in another area of Nong Nooch and if we fill those up, the remaining attendees will be in an offsite hotel very close to Nong Nooch.

Here is a couple photos of the new resort:

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:46 AM

There are several restaurants throughout Nong Nooch. This is one that I found myself at most of the time. It has indoor and outdoor seating overlooking a lake. Sometimes they have buffet style and other times you order from a menu. There is a wide assortment of food to suit any taste. The Thai cuisine, as everything they served, was quite good.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:59 AM

Paul,

Thanks a lot for all these great pictures! I know this is just a small fraction of what we will see there in another six months. It will definitely be the palm experience of a lifetime! :)

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:06 AM

As if the palms weren't enough, I now see I should pack a swimsuit!
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:04 PM

There are several restaurants throughout Nong Nooch. This is one that I found myself at most of the time. It has indoor and outdoor seating overlooking a lake. Sometimes they have buffet style and other times you order from a menu. There is a wide assortment of food to suit any taste. The Thai cuisine, as everything they served, was quite good.


I'm not done yet Bo! :D Got lots more to post :drool:
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:52 PM

Paul, I was hoping you'd say that! :) And Cindy, there's so much more to a Biennial! Yes, the "palm experience" will be close to overwhelming for most of us but the social, cultural and recreational aspects will also be truly unique. :)

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:56 PM

The Gardens are very diversified with palms always being a part of nearly all of them. This is the sight from a little cafe area with Copernicia baileyanas, Copernicia hospitas and a Lodoicea maldivica sprouting up in the back under the baileyana to the right.


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:59 PM


The Gardens are very diversified with palms always being a part of nearly all of them. This is the sight from a little cafe area with Copernicia baileyanas, Copernicia hospitas and a Lodoicea maldivica sprouting up in the back under the baileyana to the right.


Long Live the King ? Elvis ?


lol, I was wondering how long someone would catch that and bring up Elvis :D

You find signs all over Thailand along the roads and elsewhere with "Long Live The King" and "We Love The King", which refers to the King of Thailand.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:01 PM

Paul, I was hoping you'd say that! :) And Cindy, there's so much more to a Biennial! Yes, the "palm experience" will be close to overwhelming for most of us but the social, cultural and recreational aspects will also be truly unique. :)

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Can't wait to see you on an elephant Bo :D
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:20 PM


Paul, I was hoping you'd say that! :) And Cindy, there's so much more to a Biennial! Yes, the "palm experience" will be close to overwhelming for most of us but the social, cultural and recreational aspects will also be truly unique. :)

Bo-Göran



Can't wait to see you on an elephant Bo :D


Well, back in 1998 I had an elephant pick me up with his trunk, so I'll definitely go for that! Should be fun! :)
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:04 AM

Thanks for all the great photos and for the id's as well. Fantastic.
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