Queen Sirikit Park : Enclosed
Queen Sirikit Park, covers 22.4 Hectare, has been open to public since 1992 with the purpose to collect and exhibit native plants of Thailand. Shma Co., Ltd’s involvement started in 2007 when the park was renovated and 4 new gardens were added to its existing collections;
1. Garden of Fragrant Plants (Renovation, completed July 2008)
2. Garden of Musaceae Family (Renovation, completed December 2008)
3. Garden of Rubiaceae Family (Renovation, completed July 2009)
4. Garden of Domesticated Grasses (Additional, completed July 2010)
Goal and Criteria
The overall design aims to strengthen the goal of the Park to raise public interest and awareness of the rich floral heritage of the country. By means of the design and the careful planning of spaces and sequences, visitors are guided to experience each collection’s distinctive characteristic and quality.
The major criteria of the renovation are the well established nature of the existing park and the ongoing use of the public. The choice of construction method and material are to crucially respond to these criteria as well as the minimum budget. Materials are either off site prefabricated (pre-tensioned concrete plank and concrete grass block) or by-products (granite & marble chips). They are quick and easy to install, reusable, porous and impose minimum impact to the ground.
‘Enclosed’ Rooms of scents at Garden of Fragrant Plants
Sweep of low maintenance fragrant plants such as Pandanus amarylliforia, Hymenocallis sp. and Cymbopogon nardus Rendle (Lemon Grass) are applied to the existing network of walkways to create mildly-scented environment and provide the subtle backdrop for the extensive collection of rare species that soon will form a dense grove.
Throughout the garden, scents accompany visitors as they pass through a series of circular rooms, each is enclosed by various height and width of hedge employed to intensify the fragrant of the plants displayed inside in a form of demonstration small garden.
A hedge is of an evergreen and year round blooming shrub such as Murraya paniculata (Orange Jusmine), Gardenia jasminoides (Cape Jasmine) and Wrightia religiosa (Wild Water Plum).
These small demonstration gardens are the mean of the park to encourage visitors to make small gardens at their own places, on the notion that it is the way to increase green space in a high density city like Bangkok.