The flower show Royal Floria Putrajaya 2015 has been awarded the Joyce White Award of Excellence by the World Flower Council International.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor announced this during the launch.
“The continuous effort by Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) and the Federal Territories Ministry to put Floria on the world flower festival map has resulted in this recognition,” he said in his speech.
Tengku Adnan added that the buyers, sellers and fans of flowers have been waiting for Floria and the event has expanded to include import and export activities.
“With countries such as Kenya and Ecuador taking part, Floria has become a platform for industry players to share knowledge and learn how to improve the landscape and flower industry in Malaysia,” he said.
Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah Hamidun launched the event with PPj president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat.
This year’s Floria, which is on until this Sunday, has introduced a few new features such as the Spring and Winter Gardens, Spa Garden, Pinwheel Garden, English Garden and Glamping Garden.
Usually the most famous attraction, Floria Pavilion now has Embassy Row, where Kenya, Ecuador and Indonesia decorated their booths with flowers from their countries.
Perhaps the star attraction this year, is the Hobbiton Garden.
That’s right. Visitors don’t have to go all the way to New Zealand to visit the famous Hobbit house as there is one right here in Putrajaya.
Expect long queues, even under the hot sun, as many are taking the opportunity to take photos with the round door.
No hobbits were in sight though.
Apart from the themed gardens, those with green fingers can also buy plants, seeds and flowers (mostly orchids) at the commercial area.
Visitors have this weekend to visit Floria which is open from 9am to midnight (today to Sunday).
Entrance fees for adults and children (aged 7 to 12) are RM5 and RM1, respectively.
For details, visit www.floriaputrajaya.com.my