MANY buildings in Putrajaya ride on its garden city concept by featuring beautiful flower arrangements in the lobbies and conference rooms.
Florist Noor Asmah Maulud who is better known as Sharnas is one of many commissioned by the city to prepare table bouquets.
On Sunday alone, she toils over 30 bouquets for delivery to ministries and government departments the next day.
Sharnas used to operate a flowers and gifts outlet in Precinct 10 but moved her business to Taman Warisan Pertanian in Precinct 16.
The effervescent mother-of-three now runs Floral & Gifts with the help of two assistants.
Imported flowers especially roses are used for table and hand bouquets because the petals are bigger and the buds last several days longer than local varieties.
Sharnas also prefers roses with rare colours like pastel purples and greens.
Her shop at TWP is littered with Asian handicraft and the scent of freshly cut flowers permeated the air when we paid her a visit.
Several wind chimes fashioned from seashells and bamboo swayed gently in the wind.
Stacks of colourful mengkuang boxes that Sharnas and her assistants turn into gift boxes caught our attention.
Hand-woven mengkuang bags in a myriad of shades also lined the shelves alongside little knick-knacks.
My intention is to establish a Malaysian handicraft shop featuring items sourced from SMIs. We are also in discussion with the Rural and Regional Development Ministry to produce export-quality labu sayung, said Sharnas.
Back in 1993, Sharnas set up a small flower shop in Langkawi where she built contacts during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition.
When she relocated to Kuala Lumpur, her business and interest grew further.
Sharnas has written a book on flower arrangement entitled Variasi Gubahan Bunga.
The 176-page book complete with illustrations retails at RM19.90 and is available at Floral & Gifts.
Besides wooing customers with her unique bouquets, Sharnas also ensures that items sold at Floral & Gifts are one-of-a-kind like the chains and chokers made from coconut shells and Sarawak beads.
Spreading their charm over the shop are also seashell wall hangings, jute bags, driftwood picture frames, embroidered purses, recycled paper notebooks, vases, coasters, placemats, mini drums and other stuff.
Besides Malaysia, the items are also sourced from Indonesia, Thailand, Borneo and the Philippines.
Sharnas also intends to conduct flower arrangement classes at TWP beginning next month.
Floral & Gifts is at Durio 4, TWP, Precinct 16, Putrajaya. Opening hours are 9am to 7pm, Sundays to Fridays.