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Nguyen Hue Flower Street readies for Tet

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

Nguyen Hue Flower Street readies for the annual Tet festival in Ho Chi Minh City from January 31 – February 6 (December 28 – January 4 on the lunar calendar).

The annual flower show will take place on Nguyen Hue Boulevard. (Photo:KK)

The much awaited annual flower show has been divided into various segments this year with exotic names like Vietnamese Spirit, southern Tet holiday, New advance, Peaceful Spring, Time of the season and Humane garden.


The main boulevards like Nguyen Hue, Le Loi, Dong Khoi, and Le Duan will be specially decorated with thousands of colorful lights from January 26 to February 14. Offices and shops located on these streets will decorate the front of their buildings.

A series of music performances, dragon and kylin dances will be organized at hotels like Caravelle, Rex, Majestic, Grand, Continental, Kim Do, Oscar, Bong Sen and Palace from January 31 to February 6.

Firework displays will be held at seven locations around the city and telecast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television on New Year’s Eve.

The areas near to CARIC Company, a French Shipyard & Ship repairing Company in District 2, the construction area of the political and administrative center of District 7, Go Vap District’s Cultural Park, Nga Ba Giong Memorial area of Heroic Martyrs in Hoc Mon District, Ben Duoc Temple of Heroic Martyrs in Cu Chi District, Ethnic Culture historical park in District 9 and Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 and Can Gio District have been marked as locations for spectacular fireworks display.

A street book festival titled “Dream” featuring readings and discussions will also be held on Mac Thi Buoi Street in District 1 from January 31 to February 6.

Another festival, the Banh Tet (cylindrical glutinous rice cake) festival will take place on January 26 – 31 (December 23 – 28 on the lunar calendar).

The organizers include Saigon tourist Travel Service Company, Dam Sen Cultural Park and the HCM City Department of Labor. War Invalids and Social Affairs department will hand over 10,000 cakes to disadvantaged children from shelters and open houses in the city on January 31.

Source: SGGP

Long spells of biting cold trouble flower growers

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hanoi and northern provinces have been suffering biting cold for a week, which is warned to continue, making flower growers “like to be a cat on hot bricks” as the biggest holiday is approaching.

Peach flower growers in Phu Thuong and Nhat Tan wards in Tay Ho precinct, two largest flower suppliers in Hanoi, complained that just over 20 days away from Tet, but weather forecasters have warned of several other spells of biting cold ahead.


If the forecast comes true, peach flowers are in a threat to be unable to blossom at the Lunar New Year festival (Tet).


Peach flower growers are resorting to all means to make their flowers blossom at the right time. They have intensified watering, fertilising and even turned on electric lights the night round to warm up peach roots in an effort to make peach bloom soon.


Peach flower growers said the ideal weather should be the mixture of cold and warm. Peach will yield huge flowers with thick petals and beautiful colour and numerous buds in a weather which has several days of the cold weather after several warm days.


Growers of rose and c hrysanthemum are also struggling against the long spells of chilly cold. They cover their orchards with nets, maintain the necessary humidity level and keep trees warm with electricity light.

Source: SGGP

Flower growers fear cold wave could damage crops

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

Flower growers in the Mekong Delta are troubled with the unusually cold weather conditions and fear damage to their seasonal flowers and ornamental plants.

A farmer is nurturing an apricot flower plant for Tet in Cho Lach District, Ben Tre Province (Photo: SGGP)42 year old farmer Nguyen Van Tho in Cho Lach District of Ben Tre Province was worried the continuous rain and persistent cold temperatures this year might damage his 1,000 apricot plants. He is resorting to constant spraying and reduction of fertilizers to prevent the plants from blossoming too soon.

Another district resident named Le Thi Lan noticed that her 17,000 pots of daisies were slowly showing signs of frost bite.


In Ba Bo flower village, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City many farmers are anxious and taking special care of their flower gardens particularly after the recent heavy rains.


Nguyen Van Ben has grown flowers for Tet for 20 years and this year he claims that 20 percent of his 2,000 pots of daisies had already been damaged. On the other hand, the cost of fertilizers, pesticides and labor had also increased which added to their woes.


People in Tan Quy Dong village, Sa Dec District of Dong Thap Province quoted a 30-40 percent rise in expenses on flower and ornamental plant gardening. This has led the village to prepare only three million flower pots this year, one third less than previous years on traditional flowers like daisies and marigold.


Traders had streamed into gardens to buy flowers in previous years but this year has been dull according to flower growers in Long Thoi Commune, Cho Lach District.


Tran Van Nam in the Ba Bo flower village, Binh Thuy District said that because few traders have come to buy flowers this year, the local growers had to hire stalls in Can Tho City to sell their flowers.


A small stall of just four square meters cost VND1.4 million while selling a mere two pots of daisies could be expected to fetch less than VND50, 000. Several of the flower growers expected to see losses this year.


According to Bui Thanh Liem, head of the Cho Lach District Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ben Tre Province, farmers in the district had prepared four million pots of flowers and ornamental plants for the coming Tet, which was half the amount from previous years. So far only 40 percent of the pots have been sold.

Source: SGGP

Spring Flower Festival 2011 to display 8,000 exhibits

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:36 am

The Spring Flower Festival for 2011 will be held at Tao Dan Park in HCM City from lunar December 25 to lunar January 6, 2011 (January 28 to February 8, 2011).

Spring Flower Festival will bring to visitors various types of bonsai trees. (Photo: KK)

The annual festival will feature around 8,000 exhibits including bonsai trees, ornamental plants, orchids, cacti, apricots and peach blossoms, ornamental birds, fruit arrangements and rock gardens from more than 600 Vietnamese and foreign artisans and flower clubs.


The annual festival is a traditional, cultural activity in Ho Chi Minh City. It is for the occasion of the Lunar New Year and attracts many people to the city.


Tourists and visitors will have a chance to enjoy many things such as: a bird singing competition, traditional music, folk games, a food fair, painting and a calligraphy exhibition.


Three special music performances will take place in the opening ceremony of the festival, which is the evening of lunar December 25.


The event aims to mark the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the 100th anniversary to the day late President Ho Chi Minh left Vietnam to seek a way for national salvation at Ben Nha Rong (Nha Rong Wharf) in 1911.


 

Source: SGGP

Flower H’mong in bloom

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:22 am




Flower H’mong in bloom


QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)


Aware of the tailoring and craft skills of the members of “Flower H’mong”, (Che Cu Nha commune, Mu Cang Chai district in the northwest mountainous province of Yen Bai) Craft Link, a Vietnamese NGO, is helping to preserve these traditional techniques and to prevent them beyond their village market.

Craft Link not only provides training for H’mong women in group management, design and product development, but also acts as a link to introduce their products to markets throughout Vietnam. 


The clothes made by Flower Hmong are mainly distinguished by their use of deep indigo and brown. The decorative patterns are ornate, delicate and harmoniously combine batik motifs, intricate stripes and sophisticated appliquéd dots. 


The H’mong women of Che Cu Nha are highly skilled in batik art. They have also mastered the unique of dyeing different shades of indigo. The embroidery and batik motifs from this area have a special cultural significance.  


Mu Cang Chai is mostly known as one of the most beautiful tourist destinations. The unique terraced fields have put Mu Cang Chai – one of the poorest districts of the country – on the map so to speak. But most tourists simply enjoy the views and continue on their journey.


Life here is hard. People live mainly on agriculture, with rice as their main food. Some also grow maize, soybeans, vegetables, cardamom and raise poultry and cattle.


The local H’mong community retains its unique cultural identity. Most people here still wear traditional costumes. Not only women and men, but also little children wear traditional clothes and hats which are made of hemp and richly embroidered. Nowadays, they use shiny black industrial cotton, but still keep the traditional decorative style and form. 


As a not-for-profit organisation, Craft Link has cooperated with other organisations, such as CARE, the UN’s Drug Control Programme and Oxfam Hong Kong, to carry out poverty alleviation programmes throughout Vietnam. It also holds exhibitions and bazaars to display ethnic minorities’ crafts and culture. 


Craft Link has also collaborated with Vietnamese institutions such as the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology to document and revive traditional crafts. The Craft Link Association of Craft Producers is comprised of more than 60 production groups, most of which belong to ethnic minorities.


Source: Timeout


Source: QDND

Hanoi flower festival to mark millennial anniversary

In Vietnam Culture on December 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

A festival of flowers will take place at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi from December 30 to January 3 to cerebrate the New Year and mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi. Nguyen Khac Loi, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, announced the event on December 25.









Visitors enjoy Hanoi’s first flower streeton January 1, 2009. 


Titled “Lung linh sac hoa Hanoi” (sparkling Hanoi flowers), the festival will display an installation work of 2,000 tulips from Holland on Hang Khay street. Near the statue of Ly Thai To, a nine-meter-tall flower tower will be exhibited with nine dragons weaved from fresh  flowers and fruits.

Installment works made from drums and flowers, a temple made of bamboo, a miniature model of Long Bien Bridge with images of a cherry blossom village, and Vong Thi kumquat trees will be on display on Dinh Tien Hoang Street. Visitors can also enjoy traditional artistic performances of Thang Long-Hanoi on a specially decorated flower stage.

The festival will kick off with fireworks during the opening ceremony at the statue of Ly Thai To and The Huc bridge area.

A flower arranging competition will also be held on December 31 with participation of representatives from 29 districts in the capital.


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Tien Giang prepares over 700,000 flower pots

In Vietnam Culture on December 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm

My Tho flower village in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has prepared 700,000 flower pots for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday in February.








A farmer in My Tho town, Tien Giang Province waters his daisy plants (Photo: SGGP)

The number is 110,000 higher than last year.


The My Tho flower village is located in wards 8 and 9 and two suburban communes of My Phong and Tan My Chanh in My Tho town.


Besides traditional flowers like chrysanthemums, marigolds and apricot blossoms, farmers have also prepared other types of flowers like hyacinths and hydrangeas.


In My Tho town alone, around 50 households have hired more than 60 hectares of land to grow flowers for Tet.


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VN’s largest dragons to make splash at flower fest

In Vietnam Culture on December 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

The two largest dragon figures in Vietnam, created from hundreds of ornamental trees, will be unveiled at Xuan Huong Lake at the 2010 Da Lat Flower Festival January 1-4.








Two largest dragon figures created from ornamental trees at Xuan Huong Lake will be officially presented to the public in 2010 Da Lat Flower Festival.

The dragons, measuring 108m long and 3m high, will be recognized as the two longest flower dragons in the country by the Vietnam Record Book Center, said Mr. Nguyen Tao, director of the Lam Dong Province Trade-Investment and Tourism Promotion Center.


The creations are adorned with a carpet of brilliant flowers at their bottom, Mr. Tao added.


In related news, a promotional program themed “Da Lat-Lam Dong Impression 2009” will be launched by the Department of Industry and Trade of the Highland province of Lam Dong from December 15 to January 15, 2010.

The program aims to attract more visitors to central Da Lat City, especially for the upcoming Da Lat Flower Festival.


It will also introduce visitors to attractive local destinations including Mong Mo (Dreamlike) Hill, Love Valley and Than Tho lake. Travel companies, hotels and restaurants will take the opportunity to offer discounts of 30-50 percent to tourists.


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Da Lat to hold third international flower festival in 2010

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2009 at 11:17 am

The Da Lat Flower Festival 2010 will be held from January 1 and 4, the People’s Committee of Lam Dong Province has announced.









 







A flower exhibition is held duirng the 2007 Da Lat Flower Festival  (Photo:KK)
The event, “Da Lat: The city of a thousand flowers,” will present to local and international visitors its various kinds of flowers, and cultural activities and sport competitions, such as the Da Lat flower market; an international flower exhibition introducing famous flowers from regions in the country and abroad; musical and fashion shows; an international trade-expo; seminars on flowers; a night wine festival; a tandem bike festive day; a flower arranging competition; a climbing competition – “Conquering Langbian;” and the Dalat Open Golf Tournament.

The amount of flowers to spruce up the festival will be increased by 50 percent over previous events.

The show also honors the value of Dalat flowers and Dalat flower growers, as well as boosting the local flower industry and act as a center for local and international flower lovers, planters, related businesses and researchers to exchange experiences and present their produce.

The local authorities have also taken measures to limit large increases in room prices during the festival.


Organized for the first time in 2005 and held every two years, the festival has been rescheduled from the original date, December 19 – 23, 2009, and will now be held in January, 2010.


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More yellow flower tea found in Lam Dong

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2008 at 9:39 am

Lam Dong (VNA) – Local scientists have discovered yellow flower tea trees in a forest in Da Lat city, Central Highlands Lam Dong province.

This is the third yellow flower tea population uncovered in Vietnam . The two other populations had been found in Da Huoai district and the Cat Tien National Park . This kind of flora has been found only in China and Vietnam. The endemic plant has highly economic and pharmaceutical values and is now facing an extinction threat.-