A botanic fair for green fingers

ORCHID, Bonsai and Adenium growers should start getting their plants pruned and primed as the Penang Floral Festival 2012 returns from June 3 to 10 at the Penang Botanic Gardens.

Cash prizes totalling around RM38,000 are up for grabs in the event’s competition segment, which is open to all Malaysians and set to take place at the gardens’ pavilion area.

Apart from that, there will be many stalls exhibiting a myriad of colourful, flowering plants and shrubs, as well as selling horticultural and landscaping products to the public.

The event, jointly organised by the State Tourism office, Penang Art Society (Bonsai and Suiseki Division), Federation of Malaya Orchid Society (FOMOS) and the gardens, is expected to attract thousands of visitors.

FOMOS vice-president Tony Tan said that the orchid competition would be split into 60 different classes.

With the previous contest in December attracting around a thousand entries, he expects the upcoming one to be an equally vibrant affair.

“There are a lot of orchid enthusiasts around, and they will only bring their prized plants out during contests. Many of the variants can’t be found on the market.

“As the years go by, more hybrids appear, and it’s a good chance for plant lovers to view them,” Tan said at a press conference.

Eric Leong, of the Penang Art Society, pointed out that the Bonsai and Adenium competitions would be split into four and two categories respectively. On top of that, there will also be a Stone Art competition.

Those interested to enter their plants for the contest, should deliver them to the contest site by May 31, as judging will commence on June 1, prior to the event’s public opening. There is no entrance fee.

The festival will be open daily from 9am to 7pm.

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