Even if this nice project had auspices from Ministry of Culture and Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the very last moment didn't make the "note" that was important to transfer officially the documents to Turkish authorities and Greek Embassy in Ankara ! In this case, impossible to the team to participate in other way as Hellenic Plant Material Exporters Association.
" It's very disapointed for the 30 volunteer expert that did the project of the Hellenic Garden. "Where is the hope has to bloom, for the kids, for the future, they refuse us to participate and give a peacefull message of friendship, awareness, hellenism... What a pity indeed...", said Nikos Thymakis, General Manager of Hellenic Participation in EXPO 2016 and Honorary President of Hellenic Plant Material Exporters Association (Athens, 18 February 2016).
Personally, I want to thank my friend Nikos Thymakis, for outstanding commitment in projects close to his heart. Proud to be Greek, he made every effort to participate and be a worthy representative of his country, Greece, in this horticultural exhibition in Antalya.
I remember having discovered his work during my visit to the Floriade 2012 in Venlo, which I enjoyed, and I already made myself a joy to discover the new creations of this passionated team at the Turkish exhibition!
Even for dedicated and passionated workers, efforts are not always rewarded as we have seen with this Hellenic garden project... I wish him the other wonderful projects in which it can still invest him with passion, and make us dream !
Laurent ANTOINE LeMog