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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

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