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March
Last weekend for Hong Kong Flower Show

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This weekend is the last chance for parents and their children to visit the 2003 Hong Kong Flower Show, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The show, held at Victoria Park, concludes on Sunday, March 16 at 9pm.

A highlight of the show is the Happy Wonderland, being held on the Central Lawn. Children will enjoy the inflatable bouncer, pony show, mini-train, sports carnival play corner, playground and fitness equipment corner, green stalls and game stalls.

Apart from the exquisite bonsai and floral displays, a wide variety of related activities is on offer, with 15 programmes scheduled for the final two days.

The entertainment includes horticultural seminars, floral arrangement demonstrations, musical and cultural programmes including dragon and lion dances, plant maintenance workshops, talks on herbal medicine, recreation programmes and family fun games. A leading Japanese expert in floral displays, Mrs Reiko Takenana, aided by 30 of her students from Japan, will present a floral arrangement demonstration on the afternoon of March 16.

The Flower Show, whose themes are "Orchid Splendour" and "Phalaenopsis", takes place on a five-hectare site in Victoria Park. This year a record high 130 organisations are taking part, including 16 organisations from 11 different countries, namely the Mainland, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa and the UK.

Over 300,000 flowers are on display. Included are about 8,000 blooms representing 140 species of Phalaenopsis. Rare species include Phalaenopsis Gigantean, Phalaenopsis Ambabilis and Phalaenopsis "Little Mary", Phalaenopsis "Taisuco Valenty", Doritaenopsis Queen Bee "Red Sky", Doritaenopsis Var.Three Lips, Tat Mor and Fu Lan (Tai Fu Kwai).

Details of the activities are as follows:

March 15 (Saturday)

10-11am

Music Performance - Hong Kong Harmonica Association

Ceremonial Stage

11.30am-12.30pm

Dance Performance - Chung Sing School (A.M.)

Ceremonial Stage

1-1.45 pm

Music Performance - Hong Kong Accordion Troupe

Ceremonial Stage

2.30-3.30pm

Music Performance - Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Pipe and Drum Band

Central Lawn

3.30-4.30 pm

Floral Arrangement Demonstration 'Floral Grooming'- Ms Tracy Tsui (World Flower Council (Hong Kong) Chapter)

Ceremonial Stage

5.30-6 pm

Music Performance - Tuen Mun Children's Choir and Orchestra

Ceremonial Stage

10am-6 pm

Happy Wonderland - Includes fun games, inflatable bouncer, handicrafts, mini-train, pony show and sports carnival.

Central Lawn

March 16 (Sunday)

10-10.30 am

Dance Performance - City Contemporary Dance Company

Ceremonial Stage

11-11.30 am

Dance Performance - Allway Kindergarten & St Peter's Catholic Primary School (P.M.)

Ceremonial Stage

11.30am-12.30 pm

Talk on Herbal Medicine - Mr Li Ning-hon (Hong Kong Chinese Medical Research Institute)

Ceremonial Stage

1.30-2 pm

Singing Performance - Tuen Mun Children Choir

Ceremonial Stage

2-2.45 pm

Music Performance - City Brass

Ceremonial Stage

2.45-3.15 pm

Dragon and Lion Dance - Kwok's Kung Fu & Dragon Lion Dance Team

Central Lawn

3.30-4.30 pm

Floral Arrangement Demonstration - Mrs Reiko Takenana (Hong Kong Branch of the Sogetsu Teachers' Association)

Ceremonial Stage

10 am-6pm

Happy Wonderland - Inludesfun games, inflatable bouncer, handicrafts, mini-train, pony show and sports carnival

Central Lawn

Plant care workshops take place both Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 12.30pm on the Central Lawn.

The Flower Show is open from 9am to 9pm both days. Admission for adults is $14. Children, students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities pay only $7.

Visitors may purchase tickets at Victoria Park or in advance at the Leisure Link outlets of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and at Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

People who visit the Flower Show are also entitled to a $7 or $14 discount on admission to Ocean Park until March 31, 2003. Simply retain your Flower Show ticket stubs and present them when you purchase your tickets for Ocean Park.

For enquiries, please call 2723 6232 or browse the LCSD's website at: www.lcsd.gov.hk.

End/Friday, March 14, 2003

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