2003 Hong Kong Flower Show starts today
The annual Hong Kong Flower Show (HKFS) was opened today (Friday) by Mrs Betty Tung, the wife of the Chief Executive.
With the theme "Orchid Splendour" and "Phalaenopsis" as the theme flower, this year's event is held on a five-hectare site in Victoria Park.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mrs Tung paid tribute to the participants noting that the number of participating organisations from Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas was record-breaking - over 130.
Also speaking at the opening ceremony, the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Patrick Ho said the HKFS was a major event of the Home Affairs Bureau to promote the greening of Hong Kong serving as an important channel for the Bureau to cooperate with other sectors of the society in enhancing community building as well as forging the development of a civil society.
He said: "The intensification of greening work can achieve four desirable effects."
"Firstly, it enhances the aesthetic value and charm of our city and enables the citizens to appreciate and treasure living things.
"Secondly, it fosters community building through organising planting activities and flower shows.
"Thirdly, it enriches the knowledge of the citizens in horticulture, greening and nature through organising educational activities in greening.
"Fourthly, through various greening improvement works, it boosts local community economy and creates more job opportunities."
He pointed out that the Chief Executive had repeatedly emphasised the need to intensify greening efforts in Hong Kong. In this year's Policy Address, he promulgated the "implementation of a comprehensive greening policy for Hong Kong through the collaboration of different departments and with the input of experts and specialists in the area, and aiming initially to develop the most sustainable greening programme for the urban areas".
Turning to the Government's greening policy, Dr Ho explained that the purpose was to enrich the quality of life for all through massive planting of trees and shrubs, and to carry out proper maintenance and conservation of trees and plants.
He said that the greening work was aimed at increasing significantly the amount of green areas in the urban districts, raising the standard and quality of existing green areas, and seizing every opportunity for greening in the planning and development stages of public works projects.
Other members of the officiating party for the HKFS comprised Chairperson of Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Hon Selina Chow; Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong; Director of Home Affairs, Miss Janet Wong; and Advisor of the 2003 Hong Kong Flower Show, Professor Hu Shiu-ying.
The 10-day show features over 300 000 flowers with about 8 000 pieces of Phalaenopsis in 140 species. Rare species include Phalaenopsis Gigantean, Phalaenopsis Amabilis and Phalaenopsis Little Mary, Phalaenopsis Taisuco Valenty, Doritaenopsis Queen Beer Var. and Doritaenopsis Var.Three Lips, Tat Mor and Fu Lun (Tai Fu Kwai).
About 100 rich and diversified fringe activities and programmes are being organised for the enjoyment of visitors. These include the "Orchid Splendour Photo Competition" posed by Miss Hong Kong and Television Broadcasts Ltd artistes, student drawing competitions, competition by exhibits, music and cultural performances, floral art demonstrations, plant maintenance workshops, green stalls, guided visits, recreation programmes and family fun games.
A live-broadcast TV variety show will be screened on TVB Jade Channel from 8.30 pm to 10 pm tomorrow (March 8) to bring home the greening messages.
LCSD's 18 district offices have set up their own special garden plots for display. One of the special features in this year's show is a large and spectacular mosaicultural display "Dreamy Wonderland" set up with 46 000 plants and flowers by about 500 students from 14 schools, under the directive of the LCSD's green experts and green ambassadors with the assistance of school teachers.
The show is open to the public from 9 am to 9 pm daily. Admission fees for adults are $14 and half price for children and students. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities are free of charge on weekdays and can enjoy concession at $7 for Saturdays and Sundays. Adults in a group of 30 persons or more are admitted at half rate on weekdays.
In support of the 2003 HKFS, the Ocean Park has offered admission ticket discount to flower show visitors. On presentation of a 2003 HKFS used ticket at the Ocean Park, visitors will be eligible to enjoy a discount of $7 or $14 on purchase of an Ocean Park daytime ticket. The concession will last until March 31, 2003.
The 2003 HKFS admission tickets are available at the Victoria Park, the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, and Leisure Link outlets.
For enquiries, please call 2723 6232 or browse LCSD's website at: www.lcsd.gov.hk.
End/Friday, March 7, 2003