All geared up for fest

LANTERN WONDERLAND: The Penang Botanic Gardens will be lighted up with specially-made lanterns from tomorrow evening until June 4 as part of an international floral fest.

THE Penang Botanic Gardens is all set for the 16th Penang International Floral Fest which will be held there from Sunday to June 4. 

The place has been adorned with lanterns in the shape of monkeys, bees, butterflies, hibiscus, rafflesias and flamingoes which will be lighted up during the festival. 

State Tourism Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said preparations for the festival was 80% completed with workers putting the finishing touches to the 133 lanterns which have been put up around the main entrance of the gardens. 

COLOURFUL WELCOME: Specially-made lanterns in the shape of monkeys, butterflies, bees and rafflesias greet visitors at entrance of the Penang Botanic Gardens.

FLORAL ATTRACTION: Teacher Noryani Abdul Kadir and her two-year-old daughter Wan Ezanie Azielea admiring the hibiscus-shaped lanterns at the gardens.

He said the festival, themed Penang In Bloom, was expected to draw some 150,000 visitors.  

“We decided to introduce the lanterns as a run-up to our Penang project for Visit Malaysia Year next year,” said Teng who was at the gardens on Wednesday to check on the preparations. 

He said the China-made lanterns, costing RM80,000, were funded by the Tourism Ministry. Six of the butterfly lanterns were installed with a mechanism which allow them to “flap” their wings. 

The lanterns will be illuminated by Tourism Ministry secretary- general Datuk Dr Victor Wee during a ceremony at 7.30pm tomorrow. 

Among other features of the festival are an exhibition of wild flowers, stone art exhibition, an ornamental plant competition and a floral display of blooms from countries like Holland, Thailand, Denmark, China, Taiwan and Singapore. 

Many exciting activities for the young and old have also been lined up at a Botany and Science Development booth. Other attractions include an orchid competition, an orchid bouquet show, a landscape competition and a Bicycle Float Show. Some 30 stalls selling horticulture and outdoor landscape products will also be set up at the Garden Expo located at the Horticulture Centre vicinity. 

The Yang di-Pertua Negri's consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff will open the festival on Sunday morning. The festival will be open from 9am to 9.30pm daily. For enquiries call 04-2270428 / 04-2271354.  

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