Resplendently majestic - These are the words that are best suited to describe the new Royal Garden of Seri Menanti.
This jaw-dropping garden will awe landscape architects and it will definitely impress visitors to the Royal FLORIA Putrajaya 2015, Flower and Garden Festival scheduled for nine days from May 30, 2015 in Anjung Floria, Precinct 4 of the beautiful intelligent garden city of Putrajaya.
Note: The Seri Menanti Royal Museum was originally a palace for the Negeri Sembilan Royal family
Etched and draped in the finest tapestry of art and cultural values, the sight-to-behold resplendent garden with the concept of “The Legacy of a Customs Land” makes a grand entrance to the next year’s festival to demonstrate that this country has always been upholding the sanctity of the monarchy. And, what a novelty way to create the aura of the royal institution’s presence by translating the crafty motifs of the iconic royal palace of Seri Menanti in Negeri Sembilan into an elaborated royal garden!
The concept of the garden, “The Legacy of a Customs Land” is truly a reflection of the local customs of Negeri Sembilan that have existed for centuries. The local customs include a singgahsana (the royal throne where the Sultan sits) perched high up on a pedestal but this garden will portray a gazebo-like throne heavily focused on the royal yellow aura and ambience. Historically, the outdoor throne is a place of meeting between the royal heads of the state with his subjects on issues affecting the people and their well-being.
There will also be a replicate palace structure of Istana Seri Menanti as the main attraction with architectural motifs of high roofs dignifying the Minangkabau essence. The roofs are ornamented with the elongated roofing edges that are bent like the horns of a paddy-field buffalo.
As a matter of fact, there will be a gigantic structure of two Minangkabau symbolic buffalo horns erected on the entrance to the royal garden with the royal crest of the Negeri Sembilan royalty to welcome the visitors.
As background, the Minangkabau ethnic group, also known as Minang or Urang Minang is indigenous to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatera. Their culture is matrilineal and patriarchal, with property and land passing down from mother to daughter, while religious and political affairs are the dominant responsibility of men. This custom is called Adat Perpatih in Malaysia and Lareh Bodi Caniago in Indonesia.
Due to the widespread diaspora of this ethnic community, there are about three million scattered throughout the many Indonesian and Malaysia peninsular cities and towns while four million other Minangs still domain in West Sumatera.
Artist Impression: 2015 Royal Floria Putrajaya’s Royal Garden of Seri Menanti
A beautiful rendered and tendered garden, dotted with a line of palm trees around its perimeters, will spruce up and beautify the area into a magnificent palace garden. It will be planted with a lush of ornamented shrubs and indigenous flowering plants that are known and common to a tropic country like Malaysia. And of course, there will also be water features with water fountains and lingering pools that will magically transform it into a desirable tropical Garden of Eden. Amongst the ornamented species and plants that will be planted are tagetes erecta, osmaxyllon lineare yellow, salvia splendens, hymenocaulis carribea and vinca rosea pink.