Sa Dec is located in Tan Quy Dong commune in Dong Thap province, the 100 year – old Sa Dec village is known as the flower kingdom of the Mekong Delta, providing flowers to many province and cities nationwide and even abroad.
Founded in the early 20th century, Sa Dec initially had a only few households to plant flowers for traditional Lunar New Year or Tet decorations. The number of households engaging in horticulture gradually increased after the locals realized the terrain was suitable for growing flowers.
Today, the village is home to about 3,000 households, most of them earning a living primarily by growing flowers and ornamental trees for sale. The flower cultivation area in Sa Dec is about 500 hectares, numbering hundreds of species.
There are hundreds of varieties of flowers in Sa Dec Village including chrysanthemum morifolium, Taiwan chrysanthemums, tiger tail chrysanthemums, cockscomb flowers, dahlia, hydrangeas, and orchids. The village has about 50 varieties of roses for export. It is also famous for its bonsai trees and ornamental plants.
Sa Dec flowers are special because they are grown on high shelves with water below. The locals have created a complex, intensive channel system and here is where it involves the frogs. Frogs need water. Thus, they hide themselves in the many channels around the village. At night, underneath the deck full of flower pots, they start their songs. According to the locals, this method helps them save costs because most of the arable land has been appropriated from rice farming land located in low lying terrain, which is easily flooded.
For the village, the most beautiful time of the year is December in the lunar calendar – before Tet, which is Vietnam’s Lunar New Year. In 2020, it will be in January in the Gregorian calendar. At this time, all local producers will have to provide the best care for the plants as they prepare to pack them for big buyers. The plants will be transported to other parts of the country to be sold to end consumers who want to decorate their houses with green and colorful flowers for New Year and Lunar New Year.
The experience of visiting Sa Dec flower village is quite unique. The surroundings are lively with buyers and sellers busy negotiating, and people wondering around with bright and happy faces. Some owners also allow the young to come to take photos for free.
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