Nikos Thymakis

Nikos Thymakis was born in Athens in 197 and he graduated of the AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS (AUA) department of Administration of Natural Resources and Agricultural Mechanics in 1996. He is writing as a freelance gardening writer in Greek and English gardening magazines. From 2008-2010 he was the General Secretary of the GREEN COMMITTEE of the Geotechnical Chamber of Greece.

He is working professionally the past 14 years in many subjects of Horticulture, Gardening and Landscape. In 2000 until 2004 started working at Municipality of Halandri in Urban Green Department and Civil Protection and from 2004, he is consulting the most popular “flower show” of Greece in Kifissia every May. I his duties at Kifissia Municipality is also the pilot composting programme for gardens (2007-2010) and since 2011, the LIFE+ programme BIOWASTE ATHENS in cooperation with NTUA and other partners. From June 2010 untill early 2011  he was the Landscape Consultant of the largest public  park in Greece, “Environmental Awarness Park Antonis Tritsis”, in Attica.

In August 2007, he made a special project in terms of representation of Kifissia Flower Show and Hellenic Tourist Organisation with “The Greek Garden”, at International Tulln Gartenbau  Messe, in Austria( 23-27 August 2007).  He was responsible as project manager for the “Authentic Garden”, the Hellenic Participation in Taipei Flora Expo 2010. The Hellenic garden took finally 6th position among 31 countries.  From September 2011 with “SYNERGIA-HELLENIC GARDEN TEAM”, he is the PROJECT MANAGER of Greek Participation in FLORIADE (HOLLAND, Venlo, 2012). These 3 Official National Participations were done to prove that the Greek Landscape is a very important factor as touristic attraction.

In 2001 he founded the GreekPalmSociety, with main aim to preserve and save the native palm Phoenix theophrasti. In 2005, he  founded first the pest problem of Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) and since then he participated in research programmes in cooperation with Benaki Phytopathological Institute. The last 3 years, he was invited to Italy, Turkey and Qatar to propose strategy and solutions for this problem. In 2008, he had the honour to write for the IUCN RED DATA BOOK the current information of the rare palm Phoenix theophrasti that published from University of Patras in 2009.

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LIFE 09 ENV/GR/297

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