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Saturday March 24, 2012

Exhibition to educate people on the value of bonsai and orchids

THERE is money to be made from bonsai plants and orchids as the rare ones can fetch quite a big sum.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail is hoping to send this message across to city residents through the inaugural Bonsai and Orchid Exhibition KL 2012 at the Perdana Botanical Garden (Lake Gardens) this weekend.

“We want to educate the people as it is a great business opportunity,” he said.

The festival, which is being organised to coincide with the Formula One in Sepang this weekend, is the brainchild of Fuad, a nature lover.

Unique: Bonsai plants are potted to contain its size and many experiment with wires to sculpt it into various shapes.

He said the Grand Prix would provide an excellent platform for the event as many tourists were in the country to witness the race.

With international stars including football players like Fabio Cannavaro, Fernando Morientes and Michel Salgado at the event more Malaysians will make it a point to attend the exhibition.

The festival, from March 23 to 27, has the support from bonsai and orchid enthusiasts from around the country.

Fuad said contrary to popular belief it was not difficult to grow orchids and bonsai as all one needs was passion and interest.

Colourful display: Guests at the exhibition will be able to see some of the most beautiful orchids from around the country.

“We have daily talks and demonstrations by experts so that guests can pick up tips and start small first,” he said.

He said any tree that could be potted to minimise its growth was a bonsai. Some use wires to bend and mould the trees into intricate shapes.

There will be more than 100 bonsai species on display and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had to limit the entries due to overwhelming support.

He said the exhibition would also allow everyone to see the beauty of the orchid species, including the hybrids.

Orchid Society of Selangor and Federal Territory president Datuk C. Fonseka said he had on display a private owner’s orchid that won an award of merit from the Royal Thai Orchid Club called the Viboon Sunset cultured with the Perichat Nugget.

Appreciation: Ahmad Fuad (left) on a walkabout at the Orchid and Bonsai exhibition.

“It is difficult to clone these plants. In every 100 cloned plants only one will be good. The more beautiful the plant the more difficult it is to clone,” he said,

He added that each flower took up to 55 to 60 days to bloom.

There will be several interesting events at the exhibition for the entire family, including a garden hunt, graffiti competition, flower arrangement contest, cultural show, talks, demonstrations on bonsai and orchids.

Stalls are also set up to sell gardening items, fruits, herbs and vegetable plants, hydrophonic products, books on landscape and horticulture.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Haminah Hamidun will launch the exhibition today.

The festival is open from 10am to 7pm and entrance is free. For more details call 03 – 2617 6397/6398/6399.

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