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2004 Hong Kong Flower Show opens Friday at Victoria Park

The 2004 Hong Kong Flower Show, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), will be held from March 5 to 14 at Victoria Park.

With the theme "Pansy Fantasia", the show will transform the park into a colourful wonderland with more than 300,000 flowers, including over 120,000 pots of 60 species of pansy - the theme flower.

More than 60 horticultural organisations from 17 countries will participate. These organisations are from Mainland China, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom; and taking part for the first time are the United States, Indonesia, Thailand, Italy, Norway and Finland. More than 180 organisations are participating, which is a record high.

Among the rich and varied floral displays, the spectacular mosaiculture exhibits are always popular attractions. Mosaiculture is the art of creating a picture or sculpture using carefully selected and pruned plants. One of the mosaiculture displays that is sure to be a hit with visitors is the Hong Kong Disneyland exhibit, which is full of lush, green topiary sculptures of cartoon characters.

Another eye-catching attraction is the mosaiculture display presented by the Agricultural Bureau of Guangzhou. It features a large hexagonal flower pedestal supporting a pair of golden monkeys that are holding a kapok flower made up of tens of thousands of red carnations.

Other attractions will be displays from Ocean Park Hong Kong, China Light and Power Hong Kong, the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong) and organisations from the Mainland.

The winning entries of the various categories will be on display, as will some rare species that have not previously been displayed in Hong Kong. These include Rhododendron lindleyi, Rhododendron molle, Camellia yunnanensis, Erica spp, Luculia gratissima, Clerodendrum quadriloculare and Convallaria magalis.

To encourage participation from all walks of life, a variety of fringe activities and programmes will be organised. These include exhibits, photo and student drawing competitions, floral art demonstrations, plant maintenance workshops, and music and cultural performances. At the weekends, family fun games will be held and a children's play area, the "Happy Wonderland", will be set up.

Visitors to the flower show can also take in an exhibition of Chinese landscape photos across the road at the exhibition gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library during the show period. Admission is free.

The Hong Kong Flower Show opens from 9am to 9pm from tomorrow to March 14. Admission for adults is $14 and half price for children and students. Senior citizens and people with disabilities will have free admission on weekdays and half-price concession on Saturdays and Sundays. Groups of 30 or more adults pay half price on weekdays.

Tickets are on sale at LCSD's Leisure Link outlets, or at the entrance to the flower show during opening hours.

For enquiries, call 2723 6232, or visit the LCSD website .

Ends/Thursday, March 4, 2004
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