S. Siriphanich, A. Menakanit
Thai home garden styles during 1981-2008 were studied to investigate changes between those 28 years. Information was gathered from Baan Lae Suan (Home and Garden) magazine. The article contents and pictures of home gardens were classified into garden styles, plant materials and garden elements. The results showed that the top 3 most popular garden styles were: 1) natural style (93%) 2) forest-like style (89%), and 3) decorative gardens or ‘Suan Yom’ (75%). The 3 most popular plants were: 1) Ferns and Writhtia religiosa (100%), 2) Dieffenbachia spp. and Hymenocallis littorallis and lotus/water lily (96.4%) and 3) Cordyline fruticosa (92.9%). The top 3 garden elements were: 1) water basin and pond (100%), 2) gravel (96.4%) and 3) waterfall, stepping stones, pavement, table set/bench, decorative jar (93%). From 1981 to 1997, Thai home garden styles had not changed much, most of them had natural characteristics. Modern and herb gardens have gained more popularity since 2003 while decorative gardens have been less popular since 2004.
Siriphanich, S. and Menakanit, A. (2013). HOME GARDEN STYLES IN THAILAND DURING 1981-2008. Acta Hortic. 999, 121-125
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.999.16
Thai garden, decorative garden, Suan Yom, forest-like garden, natural garden

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