2015 Royal FLORIA Putrajaya
The Royal FLORIA Putrajaya, the biggest flower and garden festival in the country, is back, stronger than ever. The floral fest is scheduled to be held from May 30 until June 7, 2015 in the federal administrative capital of Putrajaya.
Putrajaya Floria Sdn Bhd managing director, Haslinda Khalid said the floral fest, which is into its eight year, has been gaining international recognition amongst horticulturists, gardening enthusiasts, landscape architects, growers and tourists the world over.
Putrajaya Floria Sdn Bhd is a subsidiary company of Perbadanan Putrajaya to manage the annual festival.
“The floral festival has been playing a significant role in putting Putrajaya on the world map. We want people to think of Malaysia whenever flower show is mentioned,” she was quoted in a recent interview with the New Sunday Times, citing the Chelsea Flower Show in London and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, as examples.
The floral festival, she added, is aimed at boosting the local landscape and horticulture industry. Royal FLORIA Putrajaya is offering opportunities to industry players to enhance business potentials and networking in relentless efforts to strengthen their business locally and abroad.
The much awaited annual flower and garden festival would be showcasing an abundant variety of flowers over nine consecutive days with lily or lilium as the central flower theme of the festival.
The festival would showcase more than 400,000 flowering plants presented in beautifully rendered garden exhibits. Both flowers and gardens would also be presented in contemporary and new conceptual designs and arrangements by potential participants including those from abroad. The participants comprise local authorities, corporations, floral societies, designers, universities and schools.
The festival would also be interspersed with loads of fun-filled activities for the visitors especially people with family.
This time around, Haslinda said, the floral festival would have its permanent site to be known as Anjung Floria, stretching on a 11.7-hectare tract of land in Precinct 4.
Haslinda said her company would also oversee a 6.4-hectare nursery at Taman Wetlands where it produces its own flowering plants. “We aim at producing about 350,000 annuals per month, of which about 40,000 to 50,000 would be showcased at the site,” she explained.
The park, Anjung Floria, would have proper infrastructures and several gardens, such as the Malaysia-China Friendship Garden. The RM1.5 million Lingnan-styled garden, adorned with distinctive Chinese elements, is built to mark the 40th anniversary of ties between Malaysia and China. In the garden, the white Cempaka or michelia alba – the official flower of Dongguan city, China – was planted to symbolise friendship, diplomatic relations and mutual understanding between the people of Malaysia and China.
Anjung Floria will also be used to promote awareness on green technology, such as solar power and rainwater harvesting. Presently, recycled lake water is used to water the plants.
Haslinda said a gardening centre offering gardening tools, furniture and other essentials, as well as free weekly consultation sessions with horticulture experts would be set up.
The many gardens showcased at Anjung Floria are also available for hire for functions.
Putrajaya currently has 10 public parks — Taman Wetland, Taman Botani, Putra Perdana, Warisan Pertanian, Wawasan, Pancarona, Cabaran, Selatan, Saujana Hijau and Rimba Alam.