Lao frangipani collector Dr Outhaki Chounlamany-Khamphoui will officially open her impressive garden tomorrow to visitors after spending many years collecting different frangipani species from around the world.
The Amazing Champa Blooming 2015 will feature 5,000 beautiful frangipani trees with more than 200 species from around the world, along with singing and dance performances, poetry readings plus stalls and other activities during the Labour Day holiday long weekend from May 1-3.
Lao frangipani collector Dr Outhaki Chounlamany-Khamphoui said tomorrow she would officially open her private Champa garden to the public for the first time after spending many years collecting frangipani species from around the world including Australia, mainland USA, Hawaii, Guatemala, Venezuela and Indonesia.
Dr Outhaki said she was inspired by the beauty of frangipanis a long time ago and decided six years ago to travel and collect each species herself and put them together in her garden. Now she is proud to present and share the beauty of these blooming frangipani flowers with visitors during the biggest blossoming time of the year.
The frangipani or Dok Champa is the national flower of Laos. The evocative tropical flowers with a sweet romantic fragrance can be seen everywhere from the north to south of the country especially decorating the grounds of temples and monasteries.
Commonly the frangipani flower is propeller-shaped with a delicate yellow centre melting into the creamy-white outer petals. However, at the garden visitors will discover and learn of many colours and smells from different species and wonder at the panoramic view standing on the tower in the centre of the garden.
The frangipani garden is located on the road linking the 450 Year Road to the National Stadium in Dongsanghin village, Xaythany district, Vientiane. For more information visitors can contact 5478 7999, 7772 2266 and 5562 0109. Admission is 10,000 kip per person.
Source: Vientiane Times