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2009
March
Hong Kong Flower Show opens tomorrow at Victoria Park
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     The Hong Kong Flower Show 2009, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), will be held at Victoria Park from 9am to 9pm daily between tomorrow (March 13) and March 22.

     The show's theme flower is the Cosmos and its theme is "Blossoming Welcome for the EAG". More than 350,000 flowers, among which are some 60,000 pots of Cosmos of over 40 cultivars, will transform Victoria Park into a colourful wonderland throughout the show period.

     Some 200 organisations from 20 countries will showcase exotic flowers, landscape and floral art displays. They are from the Mainland, Australia, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

     To wish the 2009 East Asian Games (EAG) success, the LCSD is presenting a colossal display planted with over 40,000 flowers. The display's main feature is a globe decorated with blooming Kalanchoe and Impatien, rotating continuously against a background of the five Olympic rings, producing a kaleidoscopic profusion of pleasing colours. A water curtain beneath the globe enhances the animation of the display. Around the water curtain are some 30,000 multi-coloured Cosmos of over 40 species expressing the city's warm welcome as the host of the East Asian Games.

     The Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games mascots "Dony" and "Ami" will greet the public at the showground entrance on Sugar Street. The two mascots will introduce the EAG to visitors in an exhibition on the games at the showground. A six-metre by three-metre giant flower wall for the EAG made up of Golden Dewdrops, Kalanchoes, Pansies and Dusty Millers will also be erected.

     Other main attractions of the show are: a mosaiculture display "Jungle Games" featuring "Dony" and "Ami" leading a league of lovely jungle athletes; a fun display on the park's lawn featuring oranges and lemons in the shape of a farmer and a giant pumpkin; and a spectacular sea of more than 15,000 tulips over 190 square metres.

     Displays from the Mainland are equally spectacular. They include displays by the Beijing Municipal Administration Centre of Parks, Hangzhou Landscape and Cultural Relics Bureau, and Guangzhou Agricultural Bureau.

     Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), also known as Shanghai Ju, is a herbaceous annual of the genus Cosmos in the Asteraceae family. Native to Mexico, the flower was introduced to Europe in the 18th century and has since been widely planted all over the world. At present, there are about 20 species. It is commonly known as Cosmos or Mexican Aster. "Cosmos" is derived from the Greek word "kosmos" (harmony or ordered universe), referring to the flower's form which is arranged in a harmonious order. Through natural and artificial hybridisations, Cosmos has now produced many varieties and cultivars that can be classified into a number of series. They are widely cultivated as ornamental plants or cut flowers.

     The flowers of Cosmos come in an array of vibrant colours ranging from purple, carmine, pink to pure white, and bicolours such as white petals with coloured edges and red petals with white stripes. There are also rarely seen yellow flowers.

     A series of fringe activities will complement the 10-day flower show for the enjoyment of visitors. Activities include music and dance performances, floral art demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, green talks and fun games.

     Admission tickets will be available at the entrance to the showground at Victoria Park throughout the show period. Tickets are also available from now until March 22 at LCSD's District Leisure Services Offices and venues with Leisure Link services.

     Admission for adults is $14. Children aged between four and 14, students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities pay half price. Senior citizens and people with disabilities will have free admission on weekdays while adults in a group of 30 or more admitted at the same time will pay half price on weekdays.

     For enquiries, please call 2697 8030, fax to 2691 7264 or visit the LCSD website at www.lcsd.gov.hk.

Ends/Thursday, March 12, 2009
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In a bid to wish the 2009 East Asian Games a success, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a colossal display planted with over 40,000 flowers. The display's main feature is a continuously rotating globe decorated with blooming Kalanchoe and Impatien, producing a kaleidoscopic profusion of pleasing colours.

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The Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games mascots "Dony" and "Ami" will greet the public at the entrance to the showground on Sugar Street.

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