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Taiwan to focus on dragon theme at Chelsea Flower Show

2012/05/18 18:41:03

London, May 17 (CNA) Taiwan will present locally produced orchids with a dragon theme at the Chelsea Flower Show in London to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee and the upcoming London Olympic Games, a Taiwanese orchid association said Thursday.

Some orchid petals will be decorated like the golden scales of a dragon, Tseng Chun-pi, secretary of the Taiwan Orchid Grower Association and head of Taiwan's delegation, said in the capital of the United Kingdom.

Small sky lanterns wrapped in traditional Hakka flower cloth arealso arranged to accompany the dragon to symbolize the country's image,Tseng said.

"The beautiful orchids are blessings we have brought from Taiwan," he said, adding that 20,000 orchids from 50 varieties will be presented this year.

"We are confident that Taiwan will win again," he said, referring to Taiwan's display being awarded gold in 2011 and silver in 2010, when the country was first invited to take part in the show.

The show has successfully promoted Taiwan's orchid industry. Moth orchid exports to the U.K. increased from US$980,000 in 2009 to US$2.53 million in 2010, with the figure climbing to US$3.52 million last year.

The 99th annual Chelsea Flower Show, recognized as being the Oscars of the horticulture world, will be open to the public May 22-26.

This year's show, which the queen will attend, has attracted over 500 exhibitors from countries like Taiwan, Thailand, Slovakia, Japan, Australia, France, the Netherlands and Jamaica.

The dragon is an auspicious animal in Chinese culture. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.

(By Jennifer Huang and Maia Huang)