Colourful display : Aseh and his wife Puan Sri Khadijah Mohd Yasin checking out the Begonia flowers planted in their home garden.
MORE than one million visitors are expected at the Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival 2014, or better known as Floria 2014, happening from tomorrow to June 22.
The show will be exhibiting more than 400,000 flowers and plants including over 60 species of Begonia flowers.
Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat said Begonias were not widely seen in Malaysia and this would be a good chance for gardening enthusiasts to see the flowers.
This year’s Floria Putrajaya will mark a milestone as it will be held at a permanent site, located along the lake side in Precinct 4.
The new site is equipped with a multi-purpose pavilion and basic facilities such as parking and toilets.
This year will also be the first time that visitors will have to pay an entrance fee of RM3 for adults and RM1 for children aged seven to 12 years old.
“The entrance fee will not burden visitors,” said Aseh during a media conference in Putrajaya.
He said the site would continue to be a flower garden after Floria 2014 had ended.
“It will be on a smaller scale and it will be a new attraction in the capital.
“The flowers will be changed every three months for a fresh look,” he said.
As such, he said PPj was looking into ways to get Putrajaya residents to contribute to the flower garden.
“We will offer residents seeds to plant at home and we will buy the grown plants to be displayed in our flower garden,” he said.
There will be plenty of photo opportunities at Floria 2014.
Some of the new displays are Wedding Garden, City Garden, Designer, Fantasy, Futuristic and Visit Malaysia gardens.
Others include the China-Malaysia Friendship Park, Hanging Garden and Cat Garden while last year’s Royal Garden, Tea Party Garden and Innovation Garden will be making a comeback.
Another attraction is the Crop Bazaar and Horticulture Market that will see traders selling gardening tools, decorative plants, bio-technology products as well as offer landscape services.
There will be 37 participants from 22 countries — Russia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, India, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, South Africa, Kenya, the United States and Spain.
A total of 20 primary and secondary schools as well as universities will be taking part.
In the evening, visitors will be dazzled with “Magic of the Night,” a series of colourful neon floats on Putrajaya lake where each night will end with fireworks.
Floria Putrajaya 2014 is open from 9am to 10.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and till midnight from Friday to Sunday.
For details, visit www.putrajaya.gov.my or www.floriaputrajaya.com.my