One thing I love about living in Putrajaya is that there are always things happening around, This weekend and the week after this belong to the very impressive Floria, a floral and garden festival not unlike the Chelsea Flower Show in London or closer in spirit, Floriade in Canberra.

The poster says Friday - Sunday 9-12 pm. It's actually 12 am.

On behalf of the people of Putrajaya, I’d love to extend my invitation to this festival, especially to the ladies and photographers who’d definitely enjoy the floral showcase. There are corporate gardens with gorgeous and colourful landscaping, dominated mostly by seasoned participant MARDI and giant Sime Darby. Other big participants include Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan, DBKL and Perbadanan Putrajaya.

MARDI's Corporate Showcase: Celebration of Colours

Sime Darby's Corporate Showcase: Forest & Palm Plantation

One can also see some landscaping done by students, as there are two areas for universities and schools. Among participating universities are Lim Kok Wing University, UiTM and UPM. A huge tent has been set to house some indoor exhibitions and outside it, you can take a ride in a hot-air balloon during weekends. Besides the floral exhibitions, there are numbers of stalls selling plants, arts and crafts and of course food.

Lim Kok Wing's Showcase

So what are you waiting for? Entrance is completely free (unlike Floriade). To get the most out of it, I’d suggest coming early since the condition of flowers will obviously deteriorate in Malaysian abusive weather towards the end.

While you’re at it, why not take the chance to use the excellent bus service in Putrajaya? If you park your cars in Putrajaya Sentral, you only need to pay 50 cents for a direct-to-festival Nadiputra bus. Much better than tearing your hair out finding parking spaces.

You can get more info about Floria here. More teaser (amateur) photos by me here.

Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan Showcase

Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan Showcase