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Taiwan presents new orchid to Netherlands' Queen Beatrix

2012/04/05 22:18:00

Venlo, the Netherlands, April 4 (CNA) Taiwan presented a new breed of the Phalaenopsis orchid to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at the Floriade 2012 horticultural exhibition Wednesday.

The gift was delivered via the show's organizers to the queen, who presided over the event's opening ceremony but did not stay to visit the exhibition as originally planned.

Taiwan is planning to register the new breed of orchid with the U.K.-based Royal Horticultural Society under the name "Happy Venlo," to commemorate its participation in the horticultural show held in the Dutch city.

Floral artist Cheng Hsiu-wei, who designed the pot of orchids for Queen Beatrix, said the display also included a bamboo lantern from Lugang in the central county of Changhua, Hakka-style floral print cloth and traditional knotwork.

She described her design as a blend of Taiwanese folk and popular cultures.

Taiwan previously presented another new species of orchid to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show in London. That orchid was named after the queen -- Doritaenopsis Elizabeth II. Its display was also designed by Cheng.

Floriade 2012 will run for six months until Oct. 7.

(By Tsao Yu-fan and Y.F. Low)