Festive air at flora show

Bonsai shaping masters from around Malaysia are showcasing a total of 270 bonsai made up of 19 different species at the Kuala Lumpur Orchid and Bonsai Show 2015 (KLOBS). From left: Kuala Lumpur City Hall Landscape and Recreation senior deputy director Zulkifli Endut, Perdana Botanical Garden management Zakaria Mat, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, and Planning executive director Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd.

Delicate orchids and elegant bonsai have been set against a backdrop of street artistry for the Kuala Lumpur Orchid and Bonsai Show 2015 (KLOBS).

The ongoing show at Perdana Botanical Garden is hosted by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

The theme of this year’s show is “Flora, Festival and Food”.

It features a total of 270 bonsai trees made up of 19 species and has also attracted Malaysian masters in the field of artistically shaping the delicate botanical creations.

It is also a showcase of 400 species of orchids from 20 countries, including Malaysia, said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.

“This is the third edition of KLOBS since 2012 and 2014 and we are targeting 100,000 local and foreign visitors this time.

“We have benchmarked KLOBS against Floria Putrajaya and we hope it can continue every year as it is a one-of-a-kind event that combines orchids with bonsai,” said Amin Noordin, adding that upgrading works were done to the park by City Hall to offer better environment and improved facilities for everyone.

KLOBS was launched by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and his wife Datin Seri Anggraini Sentiyaki.

Anggraini toured the show after the launch, talking to local and foreign participants alike.

“This is a good event and I hope that City Hall will continue organising it in future as it will promote our city internationally,” she said.

“It is interesting to see how creative these orchid enthusiasts can be, I enjoyed looking at their colourful displays,” she added.

The highlight of the event will be the naming of a cloned Yellow Rain Tree by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah on Aug 16, which is the last day of the show.

The cloning of the Yellow Rain Tree was conducted by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) in collaboration with DBKL.

Perdana Botanical Garden manager Zakaria Mat said it was scientifically known as the Samanea saman from South America and was a genetic variation that blooms with a headful of yellow leaves.

“We’ve planted five of them in the garden. The less stable ones change to green according to the weather.

“But the yellow leaves on the trees with a more stable nature make it look like autumn with one difference, these leaves never shed,” he said.

The cloned tree will be named Pokok Hujan-Hujan Permaisuri (Queen’s Rain Tree).

Appealing to not only horticulture enthusiasts, the KLOBS 2015 promises a fun-filled event fit for the entire family.

Competitions open to the public include photography, floral arrangement, children’s colouring and drawing competitions, garden hunts as well as orchid or bonsai exhibitions and competitions.

Other family activities include fun runs, Malaysian art and craft, appreciation walks and a horticultural bazaar as well as busking performances.

Visitor Ngeng Ka Ing, 41, said she enjoyed outdoor activities and loved taking walks in the park with her family during the weekends.

“My daughters love art and craft, nature and photography. So they were very interested in coming here,” she said while watching her daughter Ee Xuan, nine, taking photographs of the vibrant-coloured orchids.

Another visitor, Lee Sin Bee, 48, said he decided to visit KLOBS because of the children’s activities offered.

“My boys are having fun, I’m glad I brought them here,” he enthused.

Twenty countries including Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, the Netherlands and Canada are taking part in this year’s KLOBS exhibition.

The event also features a bazaar where visitors can shop for various species of exotic orchids and bonsai as well as other flowering and non-flowering plants.

Admission is free for the show, which is open from 9.30am to 7pm on weekdays, and 9.30am to 10pm on weekends.

The event is sponsored by SP Setia Bhd Group and Eco World Development Sdn Bhd.

For details, visit www.klorchidbonsaishow.com or email to klobs2015@gmail.com or call 03-2617 6429.

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