Where do you get all these plants?
A common question we get here at Dokmai Garden is where we get all these plants, currently nearly 1100 species and cultivars? Many come from the local neighbourhood here in the Chiang Mai province, many from the Seehamongkol family’s hometown in Esan, many from collectors’ private gardens in Thailand (palms, orchids, bananas…), some were bought at the Khamtieng flower market downtown, some from governmental tree nurseries, some from the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and some emanate from seeds we collect whenever we travel in Thailand. For instance, a Phuket sea almond seed (Terminalia catappa, Combretaceae) collected four years ago during a vacation, has given rise to a handsome tree which flowered this year!
Yesterday we met with Hawaiian and Californian ‘plant geeks’ who generously shared seeds of their ‘Regenerations Botanical Garden‘ and seed bank in Kaua’i, Hawaii. Yes, they did have a license to bring out, bring in and bring back seeds. Of course we shared Dokmai Garden seeds available at the moment. Although we normally do not have the time to mail seeds, spare for scientific research since we are listed by the BGCI, we welcome visitors to collect seeds during our guided tours. Our American guests actually came for our cooking school but it evolved into a seed exchange!
Please note that Dokmai Garden is closed between April 8th and April 15th due to the Thai New Year, visiting family and Eric’s trip to Sarawak, Borneo. We open as usual again on April 16th. E-mail will only be sporadically read but please phone us for making reservations: +66-(0)8-13866244.
Ketsanee Seehamongkol and Eric Danell