I’ve had the great opportunity to visit wholesale flower markets in big cities around the world from New York to LA to Tokyo to Paris and beyond. I’ve found the beauty and energy of these fragrant, dazzling, and often extremely hectic fresh markets so intriguing I seek them out even when I’m not working. Aside from being washed in large quantities of gorgeous local flowers, there is an extremely charming personal exchange and I’ve found that flower wholesalers worldwide are exceedingly happy and friendly people.
I’ve just returned from Bangkok and visited the very large Pak Klong Talad flower market a few times. This market is exceptional in that it remains open 24 hours a day the energy mounts in the middle of the night, in steamy heat and flickering light as shipments arrive. In Thailand, a large majority of flowers are destined for religious offerings and the artists working by day create the most intricate garlands and what I can only call sculptures of folded leaves and flowers destined for temples and altars around the country. Mountains of jasmine, orchids, marigolds, and roses create an intoxicating perfume that mixes with the steam rising from the ubiquitous food carts dotting the street corners.
Enjoy the color !