SINGAPORE: Changi Airport is all set to herald in the Lunar New Year decked in festive finery.
In recent years, florists have started to dye the white flowers in a variety of colours including red, blue and orange.
But horticulturalists said they’ve mostly hung on to tradition.
Manager at Changi Airport Operations Planning, Look—Tan Hwee Sung said: "Like hydrangea, in Chinese is called ’xiu jiu hua’, it represents love. ’Fong mei’ is related to ’fong huang’, which means ’phoenix tail’, which is related to prosperity. In the olden days, ’fong mei’ was always in the royal family and things like that."
Most of the plants were grown locally or imported from the Cameron Highlands. And it took the 10—men horticulture team two months to select and design the flora displays.
Look—Tan Hwee Sung said: "The flowers are in full bloom because throughout the propagation period we feed them different types of fertiliser. Either you get cuttings or seed sowings, but we’ll target for the date for it to bloom."
The 5th day of the Lunar New Year falls on 14 February which happens to be Valentines Day. So they’ve added a touch of romance to the terminals, along with Singapore’s favourite couple — Kai Kai and Jia Jia.
The displays will be around until 6 March before making way for the next festive season.
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