THE Penang Botanic Gardens will be transformed into a floral wonderland when the Penang International Floral Fest is held there from May 28 to June 4.
State Tourism Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said a captivating lantern display showcasing 133 lanterns from China in the shapes of the hibiscus, butterflies, bees, monkeys, flamingos and rafflesias would light up the garden at night.
“The lanterns are unique and are specially designed for the festival which is organised for the 16th consecutive year,” he told a press conference yesterday.
Teng said the lanterns, which would be hung up around the garden including on trees, would be lighted from May 27 to June 4.
“The Tourism Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Victor Wee will open the lantern display at 7.30pm on May 27,” he said.
Teng also said the festival, themed ‘Penang In Bloom’, would feature new events such as a Stone Art Exhibition, Ornamental Plant Com-petition and a Floral Enclave Display where flowers from countries like Holland, Thailand, Denmark, China, Taiwan and Singapore would be displayed.
He said some 150,000 visitors were expected to visit the festival which coincided with other interesting events taking place in Penang that week such as the International Dragon Boat Festival, the national Quran reading competition, Entre-preneurship Expo, Auto Festival at Juru Auto City and the French Arts Festival.
The Yang di-Pertua Negri's consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff would declare the festival open on May 28.
Teng said many exciting activities for the young and old have been lined up at a Botany and Science Development booth.
“To spice up the event, there will be an orchid competition, orchid bouquet show, landscape competition and a Bicycle Float Show,” he said.
Some 30 stalls selling horticul-ture and outdoor landscape pro-ducts will also be set up at the Garden Expo area at the Horticul-ture Centre vicinity.
The festival is open from 9am to 9.30pm daily. For enquiries, call 04-2270428 / 04-2271354.