The festival will be held at the town’s December Garden on the Mandalay-Lashio Road from December 18 to January 18, according to the garden’s founder, U San Hla.
“We want people who visit the December Garden to be happy. We will arrange flowers based on our own ideas without any foreign help. We will mount the flower decorations on iron frames,” he said.
The festival aims to encourage people to conserve the environment, promote local tourism, and give the public more options for relaxation, said garden manager U Win Nyunt.
Most of the flowers at the festival, which will showcase more than 300,000 flowering plants, will be imported from Thailand, said Daw Thet Thet Khaing, who is in charge of the displays.
Flower decorations will be changed daily for the duration, she added.
“We plan to add another 5000 local species. We’ve completed 80 percent of the work,” Daw Thet Thet Khaing said.
The festival will occupy 20 hectares of the December Garden’s 55 hectares. It will include stalls, playgrounds for children, horse riding, boating, cycling, archery and other games.
“Actors will entertain also. The entrance fee will be K1000 (66 cents) each for locals as well as foreigners, and it will be open from 6am to 5pm,” U Win Nyunt said.
December Garden, which opened three years ago, attracts about 1000 people daily during the holiday season. – Translated