Johor Royal Garden Splendour

The 2016 Royal FLORIA Putrajaya is made more majestic with this year’s inclusion of the Johor Royal Palace as its 4th Royal Garden iteration that had begun with Kedah, Selangor and last year’s Negeri Sembilan. The impressive splendid flower garden is set to awe visitors during the 9 magical days at this year’s Royal FLORIA Putrajaya with the sense of grandiose with a symmetrically designed garden with ornate carpets of floral designs by way of design cues from the traditional motives of Bunga Gambir (Gambier Flower) and Lada Hitam (Black Pepper), two of Johor’s mainstay crops at the turn of the 19th century. Beds of colourful annuals, decorated with flower troughs and a water feature with Jata Johor (Johor’s Coat of Arms) will greet anyone as they walk through the ornamental front entrance. Above the water feature is the replica of the arch that bears the Johor Royal Crown that can be found at Istana Bukit Serene, the official residence of the Sultan. This palace is located in Johor Bharu overlooking the Straits of Johor with a bird’s eye view of Singapore. It was completed in 1933, making it one of the oldest residential palaces in Malaysia. Royal Garden Johor-Aerial ViewRoyal Garden Johor-Front Royal Garden JohorJohor Royal Palace of Istana Besar (Grand Palace) is the 2016 Royal FLORIA Putrajaya's Royal Garden.   At the centre of the composition will be a display of 2 flanking arcade structures adorning flags representing 10 of Johor’s administrative districts. The façade of the Istana Besar (Grand Palace) towers as the iconic key feature of the 2016 Royal Garden. The distinctive facet of its...

Mums is the Word!

The curtains of 2016 has risen and our spirits are soaring, giddy with excitement with all the preparations and the planning for the year’s coming events especially the much vaunted Royal FLORIA Putrajaya (RFP). Magic is stirring in the air as we are about to embark on this enchanting journey with the magnificent, ubiquitous and aptly entrancing theme flower - Chrysanthemum aka “Garden Mums”. The story of Mums is as colourful as the flower itself with inspired poets’ churning out stanzas extolling its beauty as well as culinary gastronomic pursuits. Mums were cultivated systematically as early as the 15th century in China for its culinary herbal purpose - petals and young shoots for salads and flowers and leaves brewed into tea.   Chinese classical poet Yuan Zhen sums up the Mums best in this verse: Autumn clusters surround my home just like Tao Yuanming’s. I walk full circle round the fence as the sun slowly tilts. Its not that I love Chrysanthemum more than the other flowers, But no others will bloom after these blooms wither …eulogising the ever loyal and present Chrysanthemum flowers.   The Mums was introduced to the western world in the 17th century and got its name as we all know today from the renowned Swedish naturalist and Father of Modern Taxonomy – Carolus Linnaeus, who combined 2 Greek words “Chrysos” meaning golden which referred to the original colour of the flower and “anthemom” meaning flower. The taxonomy or classification for Chrysanthemum Flowers is as follows:   Kingdom : Plantae Division : magnolia phyta Class : Magnoilopsides Order : Asterales Family : Asteraceae (daisy) (one...

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