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...

Step into FLORIA Magical Wonderland

The cat is out of the bag and it’s the Cheshire cat! He’ll be making his enchanted journey to the Magical Wonderland of Royal FLORIA Putrajaya, Malaysia’s premier flower and garden show this coming 27th May – 4th June 2016. After much secrecy, it was at last revealed by Datuk Seri Hasim Ismail, Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) President and Putrajaya FLORIA (PFSB) Managing Director, Haslinda Khalid on the 3rd February 2016 press briefing. The enchanting Chrysanthemum flower is selected to be the theme flower for this year’s event. The showcase gardens were also unveiled and it is designed to enthral visitors with its magical design concepts and utilisation of state-of-the-art technologies.   Visitors will be ushered into the Magical World of FLORIA and be spellbound as they step into the Magical and Mystical Gardens and witness two of the world’s largest and most mystical flowers – the Rafflesia and Corpse flowers, life-sized through hi-tech magic of “magic-mirroring” and 3D holographic like display. Visitors will be shown life-like animation presentation of the plants development up close as one would in the wild. Take a stroll into the fantastic realm of the Mermaids World and ravel in the secrets of the deep as it is revealed on a giant screen of cascading mist. Get excited and indulge ones inner-child in the Candy Courtyard as any child fantasy to run free amidst a garden chock full of confectionaries amongst colourful flowers. Magical World of FLORIA - Mystical ForestMystical Forest- RafflesiaMagical Garden - Mystical Forest Corpse FlowerMagical World of FLORIA - Magical TreeFLORIA Magical Underwater WorldMagical Underwater World - Mermaids World   This year...

Featurette: Forest in a Garden

If one would drive along the main thoroughfare in Nilai Impian, one’s eyes would transfixed on one particular bungalow home, it’s simply different from the rest as it seemed to be nestled within lush greeneries. The owners happened to be dear old friends of mine, Dr. Hj. Zaidi Md Isa and his lovely wife Hjh Hasiah Yahaya. Due to my fascination of their lush garden, I voiced my intention to highlight their garden in this featurette and being house-proud they readily consented. Dr Zaidi is an entomologist by profession, which means he is an expert on bugs, not the ones that plague digital machines but the real creepy crawlies specially the ones inhabit our forest. That also means Dr Zaidi understands and appreciate nature and the environment. Dr Zaidi Garden Creation-1Dr Zaidi Md IsaDr Zaidi Creation-7 Dr Zaidi Creation-2Dr Zaidi Creation-10Dr Zaidi Creation-5 His garden or as he puts it “my lepak hangout area” is in an area of about 5000 sq. ft. surrounding his house. He conceptualise the idea of a “mini forest” for his garden, I reckoned it would kind of remind him of the forest he spends so much time in, researching his bugs. My guess was right as he described how he loves to spend time in the lush green surrounding of our forest, with fresh air with high humidity, creating a natural climate controlled environment. Thus also it creates a unique space to entertain friends and family. Dr. Zaidi has diligently and meticulously incorporated some interesting concepts and ideas to enhance the mini forest look amidst his home setting by; Creating a green perimeter...

Royal FLORIA Putrajaya 2016 Fantastic Foray

It has been 9 years since FLORIA Putrajaya was formed and the inception of Royal FLORIA Putrajaya annual flower and garden festival, the brain-child of Perbadanan Putrajaya. Our journey is nothing short of miraculous. The challenges we faced and overcame made us better as the years passed. The Royal FLORIA Putrajaya 2016 will be our greatest flower and garden festival yet. We invite you to share our fantastic Magical World of FLORIA voyage, an enchanted journey, not only down memory lane but towards a bright future, aptly as bright as the symbolic Chrysanthemum flowers, the theme flower for the 2016 Royal FLORIA Putrajaya. We are extremely excited with what we have planned for next year’s show. Not wanting to reveal too much albeit spoiling the surprise but suffice to say we plan something to take your breath away. There will be a secret garden within an enchanted forest, stuff that fairy tales are made off. We will transport you to other worlds, mystical ones with all the bells and whistles to awe and excite your senses. Come with us and take this magical journey together this 2016 at the Royal FLORIA Putrajaya and be enthralled.  ...

FLORIA Lifestyle October 2015

FLORIA Putrajaya Sdn. Bhd. is proud to present the FLORIA Lifestyle October edition at Anjung FLORIA this 30th October to 1st November 2015. As we are all aware that we are experiencing hazy conditions for the past few weeks and everyone are seemed to be depressed by the lack of sunshine and clear skies. Fret not as it is forecasted that the skies are clearing and the air is bearable again come tis mid-October and hopefully everyone can step outside and enjoy the outdoors once more. What better way to celebrate the outdoors with us at the FLORIA Lifestyle event and bask in the full FLORIA glory! The theme flower of this event will aptly be the sturdy and hardy Adenium or better known as the Desert Rose. Lending from the spirit of the Adenium, a rare and high value succulents that grows natively in sub-Saharan conditions of Africa, where conditions can be extreme yet the Adenium prevails. And when it blooms into a multi-florum of pinkish-fuchsia petals and white with red and dark blue highlights. A riot of colours erupt! Just as what we wish to bring with our FLORIA Lifestyle event this October, to raise the spirits from the gloom of haze that we all suffered in the past weeks. By Pinus (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons As with the previous FLORIA Lifestyle event, there will be myriads of things to do, from floral exhibitions and sale of gardening products to arts and crafts and fashion wear, activities for the children, food trucks and fruit stalls serving for every palate imaginable. In short there...

Exclusive Royal FLORIA Offers Preview To Friends Of FLORIA Card Holders

The Royal Putrajaya FLORIA Loyalty Card or also known as Friends of FLORIA Loyalty Card that was launched today is a tribute to the devoted fans and followers of Royal Putrajaya FLORIA. It offers an exclusive pre-opening preview to Royal Putrajaya FLORIA Festival 2016 for members before it raises its curtains to the general public. Limited edition Friends of Floria (FOF) membership card was issued in conjunction with our nation’s 58th Independence Day celebration, offers many benefits to members which includes free admission to the Royal Putrajaya FLORIA Festival 2016 and features special discounts from our smart partners and selected dealers and merchants. The first 200 people registered as members of FOF in Anjung Floria from 28 to 31 August 2015 will receive an exclusive gift package of Friends of FLORIA T-shirts and exclusive Royal FLORIA souvenirs, cash vouchers and discounts as well as gifts from our fellow smart partners. During the launch of the FLORIA Lifestyle programme, Putrajaya Corporation President Datuk Hj. Hashim Hj. Ismail said, “In addition to being the location of choice for industry operators of floriculture and horticulture as well as landscaping to market their products, such commercial undertakings are also able to generate revenue to PFSB. I am proud of the initiatives taken by PFSB to market products such as compost fertilisers, Floria EM and Floria Grow Advance through FLORIA Garden Centre and branded Royal Putrajaya FLORIA souvenir products through the Galleria D’Floria at the Anjung Floria”. Friends of FLORIA T-ShirtThe Unveling of Friends of FLORIA Offcial T-Shirt Friends of FLORIAPutrajaya Corporation President, Datuk Hj. Hashim Hj. Ismail Launched Friends of FLORIA Loyalty programmeA...

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