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(I)Flower growing started around 19century.

It was said that the 19th century is almost a century ago from now where Cantonese and Minnan pioneers came here to build their house. There was one called Hsiu-Chi Wu who loved to hang around and believed in Buddha. He came here at his teens. He saw the locale growing flowers in Zhangzhou on his way home so he brought many seeds and twigs. He tried to grow seeds and twigs after getting back to his village. He started to burry twig, grow plants. So this is the beginning of the story how he and his brothers start to grow flowers. [Note 2]

~Description of Table~ [Note 1]
Table1: Mr. CCK visited the Roadside Park to interview Mr. Hu Kai-Liang.
Table 2: Mr. CCK took a picture in the Kai-Liang¡¦s Park at the Roadside Garden.
Table 3: Mr. CCK (Premier at the time) took a picture with the Hu Kai-Liang¡¦s family.
Table 4: Mr. Hu Kai-Liang escorted Mr. CCK to his garden for a sightseeing tour.
Table 5:Photo of HSHS Sweet Team and Mr. Hu Kao-Wei, son of Mr. Hu Kai-Liang
Table 6: Photo of Mr. Hu Kai-Lian and Governor Mr. Hsieh, Tung-Min

All of a sudden, local households began to grow plants after they found the Wu Residence stood out from the crowds simply because of the beautiful flowers and trees they grow. The gardening started to boom in Tianwei, which opened another door of business for the local pioneers. [Note 2]

 (II)How the Flower/Wood Trade Begins 


There was a man called Li Chao-Ching who lived in the Lun-Tsai tribal village in a town called Ta-Lien. Few years later, he grew lots of plants at home, and began to sell them to the shrines outside the village. One time, he saw some exotic flowers and trees in the wood nearby the outer shrine so he exchanged his plants with those new sprouts and took them home for cultivation. That¡¦s how the flower/wood trade begins in Ta-Lien Village. It was the time when Taiwan under Japanese rule. During the Taisho period (1912-1926), the Wu¡¦s family began to make their plants commercialized. [Note 2]
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(III)Farmers Association helps to grow sprouts.
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Not until the Showa period (1926-1989) did the councilman Lo Lao-Keng began to talk to the ¡§Chief of Peasant¡¦s Union (like today¡¦s Executive Secretary of Farmer¡¦s Association)¡¨ as he saw the Wu¡¦s family plant nursery business did make it big. He asked the Farmer¡¦s Association to take over the plant nursery business so that the farmers can apply to purchase the sprouts and grow them at home at low prices. The flower gardening business started to boom like flowers in full blossom in this area, and there are plenty of successful merchants who can grow plants quite fruitfully in Tianwei. [Note 2]

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(IV)The Origin of the Roadside Park

Mr. Hu Kao-Wei still remembered when Governor Mr. Hsieh, Tung-Min came to my father, Ho Kai-Liang for a sightseeing tour in the garden at home in 1972. My father was a local pioneer merchant who grow plants quite successfully, and he knew Mr. Hsieh very well. When they ate and talked, they spoke of how they saw the other countries build the roadside park nearby the expressway.

After the talk, my father and some local gentries suggested the central government to open the place to public. Taiwan Provincial Government officially made this place a special district known as the Roadside Garden for local residents in 1973. They chopped 2 betel nut trees in front of the former township mayor Mr. Chen Chung-Chuan and his secretary Shih Chiu-Mei with the breaking ground action. The place became today¡¦s linear Roadside Garden, which used to be called the ¡§Roadside Park¡¨.

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Interview with Hu Kao-Wei¡¦s Wife (Mrs. Wang Ya-Ling)


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(V) ¡§Roadside Park¡¨ has changed its name to ¡§Roadside Garden¡¨.

Mr. Hu Kao-Wei and his wife, Mrs. Wang Ya-Ling then added, ¡¥They changed the name to ¡§Roadside Garden¡¨ because most people came here and couldn¡¦t find where the ¡§Park¡¨ is.
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(VI) Flower is cash crop with higher revenue.

Mrs. Wang Ya-Ling told us, ¡§the supply and demand relationship in the flower cash crop market highly depends on the economic development.¡¨ They had this strong feeling during the time they learned how to run the gardening business with her father-in-law. They had experienced through the economic take-off and financial crisis in Taiwan.

People started to grow lots of flowers, sprouts, and plants in Tianwei when the economy started to take off in Taiwan and there were large demand in the exporting market. The exporting market, private business, villa embellishment and afforestation as well as state-owned public engineering and afforestation engineering all have lots of demand on the sprouts. It creates a whole new page for developing the flowers and sprouts gardening business in Tianwei. Plus, the flower cash crop can generate higher profits compared to other traditional crops like the paddy rice. It is much easier to attract farmers to relocate their capital to the new business. When the local experienced the financial crisis and recession, the demand of the flowers, sprouts, and plants market shrank drastically. At the moment, the Roadside Garden and the local flower peasants in Tianwei all experienced a hard time in winter. They could hardly make any money from the slow-selling flower, sprout, or plant products

(VII)Image Bazaar Planning for Tianwei Roadside Garden
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Mrs. Wang Ya-Ling told us about her story as she still remembered. That was a time when people could hardly make a living during the recession so the young people came back to their hometown to find a new way out with the local industry through brainstorming. The gardening vendors in Tianwei District all agreed to collaborate with the government policy to upgrade the flower industry in the Roadside Garden and make it big through diversification. Therefore, my husband and I decided to stay and took over the business of my father-in-law¡¦s Kai-Liang and changed it into a leisure farm to run the new gardening business.

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(VIII)Leisure park in Tianwei Township
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Mrs. Wang continued and said, ¡¥Council of Agriculture of Executive Yuan helped the Tianwei Roadside Garden to officially set up the ¡§Tianwei Township Leisure Park¡¨ in 2002.¡¦ Once again, they planned to explore how much values they could find in the tourism and leisure travel in the professional flower gardening park in Tianwei, the hometown of flowers. Tianwei township has become the place for the first image bazaar using flowers as its theme in Taiwan.

My husband and I decided to stay and took over the business of my father-in-law¡¦s Kai-Liang Park and changed it into a leisure farm to run the new gardening business. (Kai-Liang¡¦s Park now changed its name to Wonderland Leisure Farm. It was now founded onsite and known as the Kai-Liang¡¦s Park Landscaping Planner Ltd.) She looks thrilled and told us, ¡§the most important persons, our VIPs will always choose to look around at our park.¡¨ She was very thankful for everything her father-in-law had told her. She was much appreciated for her father-in-law who had handed over his business to her and her husband.

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(IX)Conclusion
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We¡¦d like to say thank you to Mrs. Wang Ya-Ling who introduced us the former name of Tianwei Roadside Garden, its origin and history. She also introduced us to the well-known ¡§mums flower¡¨ that needs night-lighting for special care in Tianwei. We enjoyed a great meal at lunch in his restaurant, took a group photo with the next generation of Mr. Ho Kai-Liang, and finally we called it a day for today¡¦s interview. We did a great job today during the interview and had lots of fun. We not only learned how to interact with people, express what arts is, and know how to treat other people well. We also get to know the history of Tianwei, and received plenty of feedback. Yeah!

Notes: This gardening resort known as the home garden restaurant ¡§Wonderland¡¨ is so beautiful! The kiddy land outside the window is very special. They hanged the woods outside and we stepped on the woods to move forward, which was pretty exciting. The old swing let out some noise once in a while, which is another view to look at it. Walking inside the house, we ate some herbs and vegetables, seafood casserole with rice. The rice is rich in cheese flavor, which tastes sweet and salty when mixing them together to eat. That was indeed so delicious that it melted in mouth. We highly recommended you to come to Tianwei and visit the place, and to take a look at what it looks like at the ¡§Kai-Liang¡¦s Park¡¨ founded by Mr. Ho Kai-Liang. You may get to know the history of the Roadside Garden and its origin if you choose to eat at the restaurant walking in the leisure park.
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[Note 1] Photo of the ¡§Wonderland¡¨ taken at the landscape restaurant

[Note 2]: Tianwei Township Persona, Tien-Chueh Huang (November, 2006)

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