THE beautiful sight of snow falling on stage marked the launch of this year’s Royal Floria Putrajaya.
The theme of the eighth edition of the flower and garden festival is “Tapestry of Hues” featuring landscapes covering approximately 400,000 types of flora.
Organised by Floria Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Putrajaya Corporation (PPj), the festival is fully supported by the Federal Government and Tourism Malaysia.
Federal Territories Deputy Minister Dr Loga Bala Mohan Jaganathan launched the show on May 11 and announced that this year, 16 corporate and private agencies, and 13 government departments would be involved.
“Floria Putrajaya is designed to promote tropical flowers, parks and gardens aggressively and to put Malaysia and Putrajaya specifically on the world flower show map.
“I believe our commitment is beginning to bear fruit with more than 50 international participants from 28 nations, as well as the four nations, namely Kenya, Ecuador, Oman and Indonesia represented on Embassy Row,” he said.
It will feature innovative designer indoor and outdoor parks from Glamping (Glamorous Camping) and Tea Party Gardens to Pinwheel patches and a Horticultural Expo with markets selling ornamental plants and garden-related items.
A feature attraction is the permanent China-Malaysia Friendship Garden — the first instalment in Royal Floria’s Friendship Park.
The friendship garden houses elements of a Lingnan Garden developed collaboratively with the Malaysia China Friendship Association (PPMC).
Landscape architects and floral designers will exhibit their colourful artistry at the Floral Pavilion in several arenas including the Royal Floria Putrajaya Garden Cup and the Royal Orchid Floria International Competition.
Ten participants, both local and international, will contest for the RM10,000 prize in the Designer Gardens competition.
To be held from May 30 to June 7, the festival will feature over 300 activities including gardening workshops, flower arrangement demonstrations, as well as photography and watercolour competitions added Floria Putrajaya Sdn Bhd managing director Haslinda Khalid.
“As in previous years, the event is a gathering for young talents from universities as well as secondary and primary schools who will participate in the hands-on design competition in which they will build their own garden.
“A total of 20 primary schools, 26 secondary schools and 21 universities in Putrajaya and Serdang will participate in the contest as a healthy platform for the expression of their creativity.
“We are also taking into consideration suggestions to open these competitions to all schools within Malaysia,” she said.
Tickets are priced at RM5 for adults, and RM1 for schoolchildren, with an additional RM3 for the winter exhibit.
The sale of tickets will begin on May 28 from 9am to 7pm.
The show is open to the public from May 30 to June 7 from 9am to 10.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am to midnight from Friday to Sunday.
Online ticket purchases are available via their newly-launched Floria Putrajaya mobile application, downloadable from the Google Playstore.