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Friday, August 23, 2019

Royal Floria Putrajaya 2019 at Taman Botani Putrajaya Precinct 1

Royal Floria Putrajaya is back again!
A million blooms, a hundred shades in all 7 colours of the rainbow spectrum!

Photo source: Floria Putrajaya main website

Royal Floria Putrajaya 2019 or Floria 2019 (Floria Diraja 2019) celebrates its 11th anniversary as Malaysia's popular international flower and garden festival which has been held in Putrajaya since 2007. 

It coincides with Malaysia's Independence Day or Merdeka Day celebrations which falls on 31st August 2019.

Here's a complete guide to Malaysia's annual flower festival:

Date: 31st August - 8th September 2019

Venue: Taman Botani Putrajaya (Putrajaya Botanical Gardens), Precinct 1

Time: 10am - 10pm

The THEME of Royal Floria Putrajaya 2019 is "Mother of All Gardens". 

The theme flowers are Orchids & Bonsai.  

500 species of orchids, 100 bonsai collections and 70 showcase gardens will be exhibited.

Royal Floria Putrajaya 2019 at Taman Botani Putrajaya Precinct 1, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Elaine Yim @ http"www.mynicegarden.com on 23 Aug 2019.

Do take note that there is a change in venue again! 


This year Floria 2019, will he held at Putrajaya Botanical Garden or Taman Botani Putrajaya, a botanical garden located at Precinct 1, Putrajaya, Malaysia. 

Their official address is:
Taman Botani Putrajaya

Lebuh Perdana Barat, Precinct 1
2000 Putrajaya
Tel: +603-8887 7770
Email: botani@ppj.gov.my

Coincidentally, Taman Botani Putrajaya is also known as the "Mother of All Gardens". With a size of 92 hectares, it is Malaysia's largest botanical garden with more than 700 species of plants.

It is a good excuse to visit the Putrajaya Botanical Garden if you have not done so. Its kind of like one stone kills two birds, right?

But do take note that Taman Botani Putrajaya will be closed to the public from 13th to 30th August to facilitate preparations for Floria 2019.

What to expect from Royal Floria Putrajaya 2019?

Orchid Gardens, Orchid Exhibition
International Orchid Competition
The Magic of Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition
Musical Garden
Tropical Magic in a Glass (Terrarium exhibition).
Royal Garden - Replica of Istana Abu Bakar, Pekan, Pahang's Royal Garden
Magical Garden
Musical Garden
Designer Gardens
Tea Party Garden
Vertical Gardens
Floating Gardens
Indoor Pavilion
> 100 Fun Activities - Edutainment, Workshops and Demonstrations 
Crafting, painting, colouring, photography contests
Talks and workshops on floriculture & horticulture industry
Shopping at the Garden Bazaar


The opening ceremony of Floria 2019 on 30th August 2019 will be officiated by our King, His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.  Floria 2019 will unveil an orchid named in honour of our Queen, Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.  

(Updated: The new hybrid orchid name is Vanda Queen Azizah Iskandar).

Where to buy Floria 2019 tickets?
You can buy the tickets online at a discounted price and avoid the long queues by visiting Royal Floria Putrajaya 2019 ticketing site here or via the Putrajaya Mobile Apps. 

*Ticket cost for Mykad holders is RM 5 for adults and RM 3 for children, senior citizens, students and OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya or Persons With Disabilities - PWD). 

For non-Mykad holders, the ticket cost is RM 10 and RM 6 respectively.

*This year's ticket cost is cheaper as compared to Floria 2018 which was RM 15 and RM 5 respectively.

How to get to Floria 2019?
Use Waze (search keyword: Taman Botani Putrajaya) if you are travelling by own transport. Be aware of road closures on 31st August for Merdeka Day celebrations at Dataran Putrajaya.


For public transportation, you can take the train or bus to Putrajaya Sentral

a) Train: take KLIA Transit** at KL Sentral to Putrajaya Sentral
b) Bus: Rapid KL 502 bus from Serdang KTM Station to Putrajaya Sentral or 506 bus from Bandar Utama to Putrajaya Sentral

** Do not confuse this with the KLIA Express which travels non-stop from KL Sentral to KLIA & KLIA2 airports. So, DO NOT take the KLIA Express but take the KLIA Transit. KLIA Transit has a stopover at Putrajaya Sentral on its way to KLIA airport. You can check the fares here.

The KLIA Transit route is like this:
KL Sentral - Bandar Tasik Selatan - Putrajaya & Cyberjaya - Salak Tinggi - KLIA - KLIA2.


Get down at the "Putrajaya & Cyberjaya" stop. This is actually Putrajaya Sentral which is Putrajaya city's main transportation hub with a train station, bus station as well as taxi station. 


At Putrajaya Sentral Station, the options are as follows:
a) take the Nadi Putra L15 bus to Taman Botani Putrajaya

b) take Grab or taxi (estimate cost is RM 10 from Putrajaya Sentral to Taman Botani).

Unfortunately, there is no free shuttle bus service from Putrajaya Sentral to Floria 2019. This may inconvenience visitors from outside Putrajaya who have to use public transport. The handicapped and persons with disabilities may face difficulties commuting to and from Floria 2019.

There is another method which is by cruising along the lake. You can take the cruise/water taxi at 2 separate locations, i.e. Kelab Tasik Putrajaya at Precinct 8 or Cruise Tasik Putrajaya at Precinct 1.

For those who are staying at Pulse Grande Hotel Putrajaya, there is a free shuttle service from hotel to Floria 2019. They have a special Floria Room Package here.

Parking
The FREE shuttle bus service is available to take you to the grounds of Floria 2019 if you park your car at the following places:

1. Kompleks E
2. Dataran Pahlawan
3. Kompleks B
4. Laman Perdana
5. B13 (Dataran Putra)
6. Taman Putra Perdana
7. Istana Melawati
8. Pusat Rekreasi Air
9. Kelab Tasik Putrajaya


Visitors who wish to shop at the Horticulture & Garden Bazaar will face some difficulties getting their purchases to the car which is parked far away. You can't take many potted plants or packs of fertilizers into those shuttle buses to get back to your car which is parked at the above 9 locations, right?

Plan before going
Go with a positive mind, and expect to see lots and many types of fresh flowers, landscaped show gardens. The fresh flowers are mainly for display. 

Vendors at the Hortmart & Garden Bazaar sell mainly live plants, gardening accessories and other gardening related products. 

This year, the Hortmart & Garden Bazaar is located outside the ticketing booth. There is no need to pay an entrance fee. Those who wish to buy plants can go straight to the Hortmart & Garden Bazaar. The entrance fee is  who wish to enter the botanical garden to visit the flower displays and exhibitions.

Start early if you wish to find a good parking space. If your car is parked far away, you will need some assistance e.g. from friend, family or vendor to carry your purchases. 

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, also bring along your sunblock, sunglasses, drinking water, some snacks, a cap or umbrella. 

Most of the exhibits are in the outdoors with a few housed indoors. The Indoor Pavilion is air-conditioned for cooling comfort. It is located at the main entrance of the botanic garden. This is where they have the Orchids and Floral Designs exhibition. 

Here are  some scheduled programmes listed in Floria 2019 website/facebook page:
  • 31st Aug 2019 - Succulent Diffuser Workshop from 1:30pm to 4pm @ RM 60/person, further information here
  • 31st Aug 2019 - Aerobicthon from 8:30pm to 11:15pm @ RM 30/person (Freestyle, Bellydance & Zumba, Zumba, Masala Bhangra, MTV dance, Bollywood & Dangdut)
  • 1st & 2nd September - Terrarium Workshop from 2pm - 4pm @ RM 30/person, contact Terrarium Leaves at 019-4447110 or 011-20747761
  • 7th Sep 2019 - 5K Floria Fun Run
Note: The above information has been compiled from mainstream media releases. Any latest information about Floria 2019 can be obtained from their official website here or facebook page here

Currently, I am too busy to blog regularly but I can't deny the fact that Floria still motivates me to write a blog post. To view pictures of or know more about previous years' Floria, click here

For my post about Floria 2018, click on the link below:
Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 Highlight

Monday, August 27, 2018

Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 Highlights

Entrance Statement - rainbow colour fabric with each year's floria theme flowers

Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 will be held from 25 August - 2nd September 2018.
Venue: Anjung Floria Event Centre, Precinct 4, Putrajaya
Time: 9:00am-10:30pm (Mon-Thurs) 9:00am-12midnight (Fri-Sun)

For more photos and updates, please visit my Instagram here.

Important Guide on buying tickets to Floria 2018:
Tickets can be purchased online at a discounted price by visiting Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 official website here. You can also buy the tickets at the entrance but be prepared to queue and pay more. Decide carefully which day you want to visit as tickets purchased online are not refundable. Tickets for weekday (Mon-Thu) cannot be used on weekends (Fri-Sun) and vice versa. Tickets is also based on "per entry" basis, meaning that once you exit the venue, you can't enter again using the same ticket even though it is the same day.

How to go there:
For Map: click here or  use the keywords "Anjung Floria" to search in Google Maps, or WAZE.
For public transport: take GRAB or taxi to Anjung Floria. There is no free bus shuttle service yet.

2. Wonder Garden of Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018

The official theme of Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 is
"10 Wonders of FLORIA"
"10 Kegemilangan FLORIA"

Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 celebrates its 10th anniversary of Malaysia's largest and grandest flower and garden festival which has been held in Putrajaya since 2007. It returns after a 1 year hiatus. Remember, there was no Floria 2017. 

The main highlight of Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 is this outdoor show garden called the "10 Wonders of Floria". Once inside this show garden, the walking path will you lead to several mini-gardens and a walk down memory lane to re-visit all the the theme flowers of yesteryear Florias. The flowers are HIBISCUS - 2007, ORCHID - 2009, HELICONIA - 2010, ROSES - 2011, BOUGAINVILLEA - 2012, ORCHID - 2013, BEGONIA - 2014, LILY - 2015 and CHRYSANTHEMUM - 2016.

“Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 Highlights”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/

The following are some pictures and highlights of Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018:

3. The Enchanted Garden by Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj)
The theme of Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) show garden is "The Enchanted Garden, Where Life Begins..."

Look out for the Ovarium Building with a hologram showing  the life cycle of dipterocarp plants from seed to tree. Here you will also see replicas of Taman Botani, Taman Wetland, Taman Warisan Pertanian, Taman Saujana Hijau, Taman Rimba Alam, Green Wall Panel, Paddy Plot, Climbing Wall, Wishing Tree, Traditional Kelulut Bee Hives, Scarecrow Man, Wetland Cell, English Bustan and bird sounds of doves.

4. Royal Garden
The Royal Garden of Floria 2018 is the Perak Royal Garden featuring Istana Kenangan in Kuala Kangsar, Pavilion Tower, the Kuala Kangsar Clock Tower, Istana Iskandariah and Ubudiah Mosque. The main entrance of the royal garden is based on Istana Iskandariah in Bukit Chandan while the popular Perak heritage handicraft item, the Labu Sayung is also featured.

5. At the show garden RENDESVOUS by DBKL
The show garden by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) aka Kuala Lumpur City Council is usually among the most elaborate, grand and magical. The DBKL show garden is titled "Rendezvous" signifying a meeting of 3 concepts that celebrates (1) all previoius theme flowers of floria, (2) all previous show gardens featured by DBKL and (3) our country's pre and post-independence eras and the future. Finally, the visitor will come face to face with a mirror where they see themselves meaning that "we are the ones who should appreciate and shape our country".

Rendezvous celebrates the 10th anniversary of Putrajaya Floria and our 61st Merdeka/National/Independence Day.

6. Official launch of Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018
Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 was officially declared open by Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah on 25 August 2018. In the photo are from left, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad and Puan Haslinda Khalid, CEO of Putrajaya Floria Sdn Bhd.

7. Julie Cheng Chu Yit of Perak won the Bronze medal for Royal Floria Cup
The Indoor Floral Pavilion is perhaps the most interesting and comfortable place to view exhibits by local and international participants. Being fully air-conditioned, it is cool and a welcome respite from the sweltering heat outside. Every floral exhibit is professionally designed and painstakingly constructed with precision and full attention to details. Fresh flowers and living plants are used in the designs. The designers are vying for the International Designers Competition, Creative Terrarium Competition, Miniature Garden Competition, Innovative Wall Art Competition, Suiseki and Wood Competition and the Royal Floria Cup Competition for local and international designers. The international designers are from Japan, Singapore, Germany, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia.

8. Innovative Wall Art
This design by Lim Boon Yan of Malaysia won the "Merit Award" under the Innovative Wall Art Competition.

9.
At the entrance to Indoor Flora Pavilion is the Orchid Gallery and Jalur Gemilang Malaysian Flag exhibit by the International Floral Design (IFD) Education Association.

10.
This design by Lucia Raras Purwaningrum of Indonesia is perhaps the most photographed exhibit. It won the "Popular Choice Award" under the International Designer category.

11. Korea
Participation from the International Horticulture Goyang Korea.

12. Masterpieces
"Masterpieces" by World Floral Design Centre Sdn Bhd.

13. Miniature Garden 

This Miniature Garden designed by Low Teck Beng won the Gold Award for the Miniature Garden Competition.

14. Creative Terrarium

This exhibit by Surene Fong May Leng won the Gold Award for the Creative Terrarium Competition.

15. Mystery of the Mountain - Suiseki 
There is a Suiseki (stone) and Wood Exhibition at the Indoor Floral Pavillion. This piece titled "Mystery of the Mountain" is a stone (suiseki) exhibit from the Malaysia Bonsai & Suiseki Society (MBSS). It won the Silver Award.

16. Suiseki - Stone
This piece titled "City on the Road" is a stone (suiseki) exhibit from the Malaysia Bonsai & Suiseki Society (MBSS). It won the Gold Award.

Suiseki stands for stone appreciation. Suiseki originated from China thousands of years ago. Many famous Chinese gardens such as the UNESCO World Heritage certified Classical Gardens of Suzhou used stones from Taihu Lake, Linbi stones from Anhui and Ying stones in the landscape and waterscape.

Actually, Suiseki is derived from the Japanese words, "sui" for water and "seki" for stone. Stones in the shape of mountain, statue/figure of animal/human, abstract forms are preferred. The stone pieces are judged for their shape, colour, texture, quality, uniqueness and rarity.

In Malaysia, you can find high quality suiseki stones from rivers such as Titi River in Sungei Siput while Kuala Trengganu is source for black stones; Kedah and Perlis for waxed stones.

17. Bonsai
The Bonsai exhibition is held outdoors at another venue, at the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden.

Bonsai is derived from the Japanese word "bon" meaning pot and "sai" meaning plant, hence "bonsai" means "plant in a pot". It is known as  "penjing" in Chinese. Penjing originated from China  more than 2000 years ago but it was made popular by the Japanese who named it bonsai.

A bonsai is not merely a plant in a pot. Each bonsai is a piece of art and it takes many years to design, structure, care and maintain. The specimens are judged based on their age, root base, trunk, branches, flowers, fruits, leaves, accessories such as pots and overall appearance.

18. Wood
This piece won the Gold Award and the Wood Grand Champion award at the 15th National Bonsai, Suiseki and Wood Compeition & Exhibition 2018. It is displayed at the outdoor venue at China-Malaysia Friendship Garden.

Interest in Wood as a form of art started in China thousands of years ago. The families of Imperial China used the very best quality wood such as rosewood and sandalwood for furniture and stationery. Wood appreciation is on the rise in Malaysia and the kayu raja, jayu kemining and drift wood are popular choices among wood art collectors here.

Wood art is judged on based their contour lines, vein, texture, shape, color and appearance.

19. Blooming orchids

The Garden Bazaar & Horticultural Market is another interesting place for bargains. There are a few orchid vendors selling blooming orchids (prices between RM 18 - RM 25 each) and orchid keikis at RM 8 each. One of them is United Malaysian Orchids Sdn Bhd.

20. Fertilizer and pest control
This vendor sells "Baja Hantu" fertilizer which they claim is suitable for all kinds of plants (from orchids and ornamentals to fruit trees) and pest control which they claim is "100% effective on snakes, rodents, white ants and lizards"!

21. Succulents and cacti
There are stalls selling succulents and cacti at RM 10 for 3 pots and also stalls selling ornamental plants, airplants (some at RM 10/piece and "buy 5 free 1"), tillandsias, fruit trees samplings, vegetable sees, herb and spice plants, fertilizer, flower pots, garden soil, bonsai and stone products.


22. Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
The Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside is the official hotel sponsor of Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018. The Royal Floral International Dialogue (RFID) Day 2 seminar is held at the Pullman Lakeside Putrajaya Hotel located at Precinct 5.

At the Fantasy Garden at Anjung Floria Event Centre, Precinct 4, look out for the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel booth as they are giving away free lollipops, popcorn, balloons, sweets and candies to children.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Royal FLORIA Putrajaya 2018 at Anjung Floria Event Centre Precinct 4


Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 will be held from 25 August - 2nd September 2018.
Venue: Anjung Floria Event Centre, Precinct 4, Putrajaya
Time: 9:00am-10:30pm (Mon-Thurs) 9:00am-12midnight (Fri-Sun)

Click HERE for my latest updated post



Unveiling the official theme of Floria 2018 in April 2018

"10 Wonders of FLORIA"
"10 Kegemilangan FLORIA"


Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 celebrates its 10th anniversary of the flower and garden festival which has been held in Putrajaya since 2007. It returns after a 1 year hiatus. Remember, there was no Floria 2017. 

All the theme flowers of pervious Florias will be highlighted this time. The flowers are Hibiscus, Orchid, Heliconia, Roses, Bougainvillea, Orchid, Begonia, Lily and Chrysanthemum.

Putrajaya FLORIA 2018 is here again!, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Elaine Yim @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/



Where to buy tickets:
Buy online by visiting Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018 here. Tickets can be purchased online at a discounted price.

Finally, what to expect from Royal Floria Putrajaya 2018?
Hey, just go with a positive mind, and expect to see lots and many types of fresh flowers, landscaped show gardens. But ironically, the fresh flowers are for display only. When you go shopping, there will be lots of live plants and gardening accessories to buy.

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