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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Greek participation of the 2010 Taipei Flora Expo

Recently I just learned about the Greek participation in the Taipei Flora Expo, so I asked the Greek participants, Mr. Thymakis and Mr. Lagos to provide me with some information to record this wonderful event.

Key words: Hellenic flora, democracy in nature, river route, year-round interest, environmental activism, kids for nature, people with disabilities, Theophrastus. 


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 Alcinous)

The theme is to give the message of planting in terms of saving the environment and climate.

Greek flora (about 6000 species) is one of the richest in the world. Plants commonly found in places covering most of the Greek territory from Crete to Macedonia are chosen for this project.  Emblematic plants which best represent the plants grown in Greek soil include olive, Cretan date palm, platanus, laurel, etc., and wines.  Some of the plants like the Cretan date palm (Phoenix theophrastii) are endangered species in the Red List of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

The RIVER symbolizes the path of mankind on Mother Earth from ancient to present time and it flows only in one direction without return. The Greek philosophy as proposed by Theophrastus (the father of Botany) about how we should manage the environment actually coincides with the Bible spirit where God gives men the “authority” to protect the environment.

The FLOWERS made of fruitful “competition” symbolize the concept of making the planet a better world.

The Olympic Rings symbolize the unity of the 5 continents with 4 human races live and interact with one another with equality and harmony. These 4 human races now have the responsibility and are equipped with their diverse heritage to save the green environment for a better future, the NEW HORIZON for our planet! For this reason, the rings of unity and competition have the same color: GREEN.

We also want to demonstrate that the Hellenic Native Garden of Senses is therapeutic for all and invites people with disabilities because it has the smell, the sound, and the color from every season.

The plants are chosen by Nikos Thymakis in terms of viability in Taipei.
All enquiries regarding this post should be addressed to Nikos Thymakis.

 These are links to the related videos from the floral exhibition in Taipei

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