HELLENIC GARDEN FOR THE 2010 TAIPEI INTERNATIONAL GARDENING AND HORTICULTURE EXPOSITION
Key words: Hellenic flora, democracy in nature, river route, all year interest, people active for environment, kids for nature, handicapped people, Theophrastus.
“THE AUTHENTIC GARDEN:
A FLOWERING RIVER TO THE NEW HORIZON”
By Nikos Thymakis, Mike Lagos
"Here luxuriant trees are always in their prime
pomegranates and pears, and apples glowing red,
succulent figs and olives swelling sleek and dark.
And the yield of all these trees will never flag or die,
neither in winter nor in summer, a harvest all year round
(Homer, Odyssia, The Garden of Alcinoοus)
The whole meaning is to give the message of planting in terms of saving environment and climate.
The proposed plant material covers most of the places of Greek territory, from Creta to Macedonia through emblematic plants (olive, cretan date palm, platanus, laurel, wines etc). Some of them, like the cretan date palm (Phoenix theophrastii) are endangered species in Red List of IUCN. Greek flora is one of the richests in the world (about 6000 species).
The RIVER is the route of mankind on Mother Earth from Ancient years through today and it will never return. The Greek Philosophy on how we have to manage the environment as Theophrastus, the father of Botany said, meets the Bible Spirit where the God give to the Man the “authority” to protect the environment. All these are the FLOWERS of a fruitful competition of making the world better. The Olympic Rings symbolize the Unity of the 5 Continents where the 4 human races, equally, live and act. These 4 races, now, have the heritage to save the green, for the future, the NEW HORIZON for the Planet! So, the rings of unity and competition must have the same color: GREEN.
We also want to demonstrate that the Hellenic Native Garden of Senses is therapeutic for all and invites handicapped people because it has the smell, the sound and the every season color.
The plants are chosen from Nikos Thymakis in terms of viability in Taipei.
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