Beautiful and artistic: Ahmad Phesal (right), DBKL deputy director-general (project implementation and maintenance ) Datuk Najib Mohd (cen tre) and DBKL deputy director-general (planning) Mahadi Che Ngah looking at a bonsai tree after the press conference.
THE Kuala Lumpur Orchid and Bonsai Show (KLOBS) 2014 at Taman Botani Perdana will be held from tomorrow until June 1.
Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the show would help promote Taman Botani Perdana to local and international visitors.
“We are confident it will help attract more tourists in line with Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
“About 500,000 people are expected,” he said during a press conference to publicise the event.
He said a new addition to Taman Botani Perdana, a canopy, is expected to be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the first day of the show.
“We have also added colourful lights to the area,” he said.
Ahmad Phesal said there would also be an orchid and bonsai competition at the event, organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
He said an estimated 800 species of orchids had been identified in peninsular Malaysia while more than 2,500 species grow in Sabah and Sarawak.
“The bonsai tree competition and show will focus on the art of planting in a pot, called penjing or penzai.
He said there would be 120 bonsai trees on display including Wrighita religiosa and Island plant.
Visitors will learn techniques on caring for orchids and bonsai, and can buy flowers from stalls at the event.
Other activities include a graffiti competition, garden hunt as well as drawing and colouring, photography, orchestra and climbing tree competitions.
It will be held from Monday to Friday (9am to 7pm) and Saturday and Sunday (9am to 10pm).