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The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has recently passed its approval for a 'Category B International Horticultural Exhibition' in the city of Udon Thani, Thailand for 2026

AIPH hortiThe event aims to spread the word on horticulture and food production, in the Mekong region of Thailand. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

 The approval took place at the AIPH General Meeting on 8 March 2022, in accordance with the AIPH Regulations for International Horticultural Exhibitions.

Siam Sirimongkol, governor of Udon Thani, commented on his city’s success after the approval, “As the agricultural business and trading centre of the Greater Mekong Region, Udon Thani is exceptionally proud to bring AIPH’s International Horticultural Expo back to Thailand. The event will be called ‘The Garden of Mekong’ to celebrate the abundance of the Mekong wetland, where people are blessed with biodiversity and harmony. This prestigious global event with the central theme “Diversity of Life: People, Water and Plants” will bring well-deserved attention to our fertile but fragile land on the great international river where our ancestors have learnt co-living for millennia.

"We are aiming to achieve at least 13 out of 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals, with this Expo. Udon Thani will be delighted to welcome our friends of the Mekong, the ASEAN community and the people across the globe to visit the Expo,” he added.

Siam also said that the 164.8 ha expo site will have consist of a small lake to showcase the Mekong’s wetland characteristics while also exhibiting the regions sustainable way of living.

AIPH secretary-general, Tim Briercliffe, said, “Expo 2026 will introduce Udon Thani and the horticulture of this region to the global stage. The event will create opportunities to exchange knowledge and technological advancement as well as promoting city greening and the importance of the relationship between people and plants.”

The approval for Udon-Thani International Horticultural Expo 2026 comes after a successful site inspection in February and a presentation by the Udon Thani Expo organising team at the AIPH Expo Conference on 7 March 2022.

The AIPH Expo conference aims to presents an opportunity to experience hosting or being involved with an International horticultural expo and network with organisers, city representatives, urban developers, AIPH members, NGOs, international city and environmental organisations and suppliers to major events.

Until 2027, AIPH approved International Horticultural Expos events are scheduled to take place in China, Turkey, Qatar, the Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, and Japan.