Floria, the Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival, descends once again on Precinct 2 of Malaysia’s administrative capital starting 30 June, colouring the waterfront and breathing life into the expansive grounds dedicated once a year to Nature’s gorgeous blooms.
Themed Enduring Beauty, the festival will be dominated by the South American bougainvillaea, specifically more than 100 varieties of the flower in a multitude of colours, shapes and sizes. Indeed, it will be the largest collection of bougainvillaea cultivars ever recorded in Malaysia.
As you stroll through the grounds, you will be greeted by a brilliant array of showcase gardens created by various organisations, some with individualised themes, such as backyard or courtyard gardens. If you’re itching to find out more about the diverse range on display, catch one of the many garden talks at the exhibition booths, and brush up on your floral knowledge. And if this sparks your green thumb, head over to the Garden Bazaar, where you can find great deals on products, furniture, tools and plants.
There’s also the Laman Seni or Art Square if you’re feeling inspired, with a host of arts and craft activities as well as the opportunity to purchase some natureinspired artwork. For the avid photographer, there’s a nature photo competition with a RM3,000 grand prize, and with the abundance of light and colour, coupled with Putrajaya’s serene landscape, there couldn’t be a better playground for shutterbugs.
If the camera isn’t your instrument of choice and you prefer a more hands-on approach, then you can always opt for the watercolour art contest. If the heat gets too much for you, do duck into the Floral Pavilion, a cool zone where you’ll be enthralled by the floral arrangement competition that will see some 10 participating countries creating inspiring works of art. While they battle it out, have a look at some of the other attractions in the marquee, such as the Bougainvillea Tower and Spa Gardens.
After cooling down in the Pavilion, treat your tired feet to a soothing massage in the tranquil surroundings of the Therapy Garden. A bit of reflexology might be just the thing you need after a long trek enjoying the exhibits.
Following on from Floria will be the 1Malaysia International Tourism Night Parade from 9-17 July, where you can witness Putrajaya Lake shine with a dazzling flotilla of floral boats. Set against a backdrop of fireworks, it’s the ultimate way to view Putrajaya under the cover of night.
Where: Waterfront, Precinct 2
When: 30 June-8 July; 9am-10pm(Mon-Thu), 9am-12am (Fri-Sun)