Flower lovers visiting the Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai province in Thailand’s north have the opportunity this year to view a new breed of tulip created in honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The King Bhumibol tulip.
The long stemmed King Bhumibol tulip was created by Klaas Koedijk, a Dutch tulip grower and owner of FA. P. Koedijk & Zn, who visited Thailand in 2006 during celebrations for the Thailand King’s 60th anniversary of accession and was impressed by the affection people showed for their king.
After returning to the Netherlands Mr Koedijk commenced work on cultivating the tribute species after imagining a field of yellow headed tulips similar in colour to the yellow shirts worn by many Thais each Monday in honour of the day on which the king was born.
Featuring a 45cm long stem and a buttery-yellow flower, the King Bhumibol tulip was developed from the Prince Claus tulip, itself developed from the Judith Leyster tulip, one of the Netherlands most popular varieties of tulips.
|In August 2009 the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary granted permission for the new tulip species to be named the King Bhumibol tulip SuwannaphoomShow|
After creating the tall-standing yellow species Mr Koedijk wrote to Thailand’s King and requested permission to name the species in his honour. In August 2009 the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary announced that royal consent had been granted for the new tulip species to be named the King Bhumibol tulip.
Though bulbs were first sent to Thailand in 2009 and planted in Chiang Mai’s Royal Agricultural Station at Doi Inthanon, unstable weather conditions prevented many of the King Bhumibol tulip’s from blossoming.
This year’s more stable weather has proved extremely conducive for the King Bhumibol tulip to reach its full potential. According to Tassanee Srimongkol, director of the Royal Park Rajapruek, visitors will be able to view the specially cultivated species up until the end of February as part of Flora Fest’ @ Royal Park Rajapruek.
Established in 2006 as part of celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol’s accession to the throne, the Royal Park Rajapruek is open between 8am and 6pm daily with admission costing Bt100 (about US$3.26) for adults and Bt50 ($1.68) for children.
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In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.
Most recently he was the Thailand editor/ managing editor of AEC News Today . Prior to that he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.
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