If you are a flower enthusiast, a gardener, a horticulturist, or simply a nature lover, Royal FLORIA Putrajaya is certainly an event that you should not be missing. Royal FLORIA Putrajaya is a festival of flowers and garden organized by Perbadanan Putrajaya (Putrajaya Corporation) from the year 2007 and subsequently made into an annual event from 2009 due to having had received an overwhelming number of visitors.
The Royal FLORIA Putrajaya Garden and Flower Festival has marked its return this year with the theme ‘Magical World of FLORIA’ with chrysanthemum as the main flower featured. This prestigious flower and garden festival has played a major role in boosting Putrajaya’s vision to place the Administrative Capital as an intelligent garden city. Undoubtedly Royal FLORIA Putrajaya has already made its mark into the Malaysian calendar of events as an event that one should be looking forward to every year.
Royal FLORIA Putrajaya is truly a global event. It attracted not only locals but also international participants and visitors with the numbers increasing each year. To further elevate the garden and flower festival status, an International Dialogue was introduced this year providing it with an ideal capacity building platform for the attendees the opportunity to learn from leading experts and discovering industry’s top trends and challenges faced in the urban landscape of the region. It was also an excellent opportunity for the attendees to establish worthwhile networking and business opportunities not only between peers but also with the professionals.
The outdoor garden offered visitors an insight into the innovativeness, creativity and expertise of landscape architects and designers, with participants ranging from government agencies, local authorities, corporate bodies, private sectors, associations, growers, universities as well as secondary and primary schools. This year for the second year running Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) again won the FLORIA Putrajaya Garden Cup Trophy including a RM 10,000 cash price. DBKL also took top honours winning the Outstanding Garden award in the Special Gardens category resulting in their landscape architect Muhammad Hafiz earning the inaugural Best Landscape Architect title.
As for the participating 1,200 students, teachers and lecturers, the golden awards for the different categories i.e. university, secondary and primary schools went to LimKokWing University of Creative Technology, Kolej Vokasional Dato’ Lela Maharaja and SK Putrajaya Presint 9 (1) respectively.
Nevertheless, the Floral Pavilion has always been the main attraction for visitors. Located in an air-conditioned acclimatised enclosed space, visitors were able to feast their eyes on the different designs and creative arrangements. This year, floral designer Pan Lei from China bagged the prestigious Royal Floria Putrajaya International Cup 2016. Twenty different flowers namely chrysanthemums, orchids, tulips and baby’s breath amongst others were used to create a design called ‘Flowering Cloud’.
The Magic of the Night (MOTN) was a Flower Boat Parade organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC). This year’s 6th edition of MOTN ran concurrently with the Royal FLORIA festival sailed 14 boats for nine (9) nights across the serene Putrajaya Lake. All states in Malaysia participated (except for Perlis, Labuan and Kuala Lumpur) along with Tourism Malaysia and Putrajaya Corporation with Perak winning the Overall Best Boat category. Other categories such as Best Lighted, Most Creative Boat and Most Popular were won by Pahang, Putrajaya Corporation and Kelantan respectively.
There was also the Garden Bazaar and Horticultural Market that sold everything a gardener might need i.e. from flowering plants to trees, garden furniture, garden equipment, biotechnology products including landscaping services. Need tips and consultation for growing your flowers or creating a perfect garden? This was also the place to get them. Horticultural specialists in plants and gardens were readily available to assist and share their tacit knowledge, useful tips and ideas with visitors.
Apart from the flowers and garden exhibits, several hundreds of daily activities were held throughout the nine days of Royal FLORIA Putrajaya festival. Activities ranged from floral arrangement demonstrations, gardening workshops, terrarium workshops, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, cultural shows, photography competition, watercolour arts competition, fashion show, hijab makeover, lucky draw, food vendors to arts and crafts demonstrations.
The event was held at the permanent site in Anjung FLORIA running alongside the promenade close to the vicinity of the famous Seri Saujana Bridge in Precinct 4. Site included the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden which in itself was an attraction, alongside the English Garden, Pin Wheel Garden and Fantasy Garden. Ample parking was available for visitors during the festival.
Without doubt, the ninth edition of Royal FLORIA Putrajaya 2016 has successfully casted its spell on the stream of visitors who came from all walks of life, enticing them into a world of fantasy, magic, enchantment and mystery as well as keeping them enthralled throughout the entire nine days. It looks like Royal FLORIA Putrajaya is set to continue to work its magic in the upcoming festivals in the years ahead.