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Botanist creates bouquet of new Korean flower species

Park Kong-young, the 51-year-old CEO of the Uriseed Group, has spent a lifetime coming up with new wildflower species and exporting them abroad.

Park’s Uriseed Group, based in Icheon, Gyeonggi, has developed 120 new species of flowers and sells 50 to Japan, European countries, the United States and Australia with royalty payments.

Park said he first got interested in wildflowers after he was stationed near the demilitarized zone during his military service in the 1980s, when he began to study the wildflowers blooming there.

Park worked at a plant company upon graduating from college and established Uriseed Group in 2000.

His organization’s specialty is developing flowers that bloom for a long time.

“Most of the species developed by Uriseed are perennials,” he said, “blooming from spring to winter.”

Many of the wildflower species developed at Uriseed Group are popular for use in gardens abroad, Park said.

“In Japan or Europe, where the gardening culture is quite developed, it is not only important to select the right kinds of flowers, but also to choose ones that give off a certain vibe or feeling,” he said. “A lot of our wildflower species tend to be short and have small flowers, and so they are often picked to fill up a garden in the background.”

“My goal is to develop wildflower species that can bloom all four seasons, like the flowers in the subtropical or Mediterranean regions,” Park said. “I want to share the beauty of wildflowers from Korea with the rest of the world.”

Read more at the Korea JoongAng Daily (Choi Mo-Ran)

Publication date: 9/5/2017



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