One of the oldest customs in Iran is sending and offering flowers to each other as a symbol of affection, compassion, happiness or good luck. Being a vast country with diverse climatic conditions, Iran is probably one of the world’s richest natural habitats for many wild flowers and native ornamental plants. The total area under ornamental plants in Iran is indicated to be over 5,000 hectares.
Native plants have attracted many attentions from different viewpoints mostly because of their sustainable growth in landscape, home garden, beauty and variety. However, using them as new ornamental plants in landscape needs adequate consideration. Although, wild flowers are hardy, durable and can be grown with little care, using them commercially is a complicated matter. There are many wild ornamental plants such as Tulips, Fritillaria, Rose, Poppy, Narcissus, Lily, Iris, Carnation, Gladiolus, Primula and Cyclamens, Paeonia, Cynoglossum, Polygala, Centaurea and Arum in Iran. Recently, we have tried to acclimatize the native flowers in landscape because of their tolerance to different environmental stresses, especially drought.
The above mentioned issue has recently come into sharp focus; thus the International Symposium on Wild Flowers and Native Ornamental Plants is being held in Ramsar, Iran during 1-4th of May, 2017. The aim of this symposium is to provide an international forum to exchange ideas on introduction of new ornamental plants and to encourage collaboration between experts on horticulture and plant scientists. Moreover, spring is a spectacular time to visit Iran, especially the green pastures of Ramsar with its great biodiversity of native plants.
We look forward to seeing you at the symposium, where scientists from Iran and abroad will join together for constructive dialog on current directions in the wild flowers and native ornamental plants.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee
Dr. Pejman Azadi
Convener of the International Symposium on Wild Flowers and Native Ornamental Plants
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