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A pavilion, or sala, is a common structure in Thailand generally used as a shelter from rain and heat. Olbrich's pavilion is more ornate than most roadside salas in Thailand and represents those found at a temple or on a palace grounds. However, Olbrich's pavilion is not a religious structure.
The pavilion was a gift to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Thai Government and the Thai Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. UW-Madison has one of the largest Thai student populations of any U.S. college or university.
Olbrich was chosen as the site for the pavilion because of its garden setting and its proximity to water. Water is important to Thailand because of its implications for good health and prosperity.
The pavilion was built in Thailand, then disassembled and packed in shipping crates. The pavilion traveled seven weeks by sea, then by rail to Chicago, and to Madison by truck. Nine Thai artisans traveled to Madison to reassemble the pavilion after building it in Thailand. It took three weeks to reconstruct.
Amazingly, the pavilion is able to withstand the winter weather of Wisconsin with no protection because it is constructed of plantation-grown teak and weather-resistant ceramic roof tiles. The gold leaf, however, is delicate and not able to withstand the oils of the human hand.
The Thai Garden surrounding the Pavilion emulates a lush, tropical garden with Wisconsin-hardy plants. Ornamental grasses, some reaching up to 12 feet tall, and several hardy bamboos are essential in creating a tropical look. Large-leafed shrubs and trees are pruned to give them the look of plants in a typical Thai garden.
Glazed water jars and clipped tree art called mai dat, are both common elements of Thai gardens. Mai dat is a traditional horticulture feature in Thai gardens that has been practiced since the 13th century. Olbrich uses large Chinese junipers for the clipped tree art.
Thai Pavilion and Garden Facts
- The pavilion is 40 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 30 feet high
- The pavilion features gold leaf etchings, a lacquer finish, and intricate decoration
- The estimated value of the Pavilion is $1.5 to 2 million
- The pavilion is crafted without nails or screws
- There are no endangered woods or materials used in the pavilion
- The gift of the pavilion was approved by Thailand's royal family therefore, it bears the Royal seal of the Thai Crown
- The pavilion is only one of four located outside of Thailand. The others are in Germany, Norway, and Hawaii
- The Thai Garden is connected to the central gardens by a 155-foot arched, ornamental bridge that spans Starkweather Creek
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719
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Saw this place just opened and thought I'd give it a try. Really glad I did. Lunch special comes with soup, little salad and spring roll. All tasty. Wasn't feeling super adventurous so I went with extra hot and not Thai hot. Good call. Extra hot was plenty spicy. Great flavor and good portion size and all for $8.99. Plan on going back soon.
February 03, 2017
Family Tropical Garden in Sathorn, Bangkok
Following on from a small family koi pond installation at a home in Sathorn, Bangkok, the team were invited to design and improve the tropical planting and pathways for the rest of the garden. Much of the planting had 'thinned out', with pebbles and pavers misplaced, wobbly or a tripping hazard. The team advised, and got to work.
(Picture above: The entrance to the home, with new planting installed). The family explained their likes and dislikes, and the types of finished garden they were looking for. The Thai Garden Design team selected and sourced all the plants in accordance, and arrived and installed professionally, and with amazing results.
The team designed a simple brick pathway, allowing easier access around the side of the house, which had become a sandpit with a few loose paving slabs. The area is now usable, and decorative. An old stand alone pot (pic above) was enhanced with planting and hardscape.
The back garden area was re-grassed with hard wearing broad leaf shade grass, with artificial sleepers arranged as an informal pathway, leading to the other side entrance to the house.
In key areas where privacy from neighbours was desirable, bamboo fences were professionally installed, with concrete footings and UV protection. Existing trees were improved with various foliage and tropical planting.
Key areas of the garden, those situated in viewing areas of the house, were targeted, ensuring pleasing views from the interior. Existing plants were relocated throughout the landscape, enhancing the garden to new levels.
The owners of the home were thrilled with their new garden. one which will flourish and develop over the coming months and years. If you're in the market to improve your tropical Thai garden, look no further.. You've found us. Contact the team here for a friendly consultation.