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March
Flower show attracts over 230,000 visitors
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The 2004 Hong Kong Flower Show currently being held at Victoria Park has attracted over 230,000 visitors since it opened on Friday (March 5).

With only five more days to go, the public should not miss the opportunity to see thousands of exotic flowers from all over the world.

The flower show has recently replenished its floral displays with fresh ones. They include the theme flower, pansy, as well as hydrangea, begonia, kalanchoe and petunia.

More than 60 horticultural organisations from 17 countries participated in this year's flower show. These organisations are from Mainland China, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom; and taking part for the first time are the United States, Indonesia, Thailand, Italy, Norway and Finland. The show attracted a record high of more than 180 organisations.

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.

Other attractions are 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 plant exhibits competitions are also be on display, as are bonsai and 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.

More than 20 fringe activities and programmes are being organised for the enjoyment of visitors in the next five days. These include horticultural seminars, a floral arrangement demonstration, musical and cultural programmes, and family games.

Two highlights are the demonstrations by two prominent floral display masters, Mr Stein Are Hansen from Norway and Mr Toshio Arai from Japan, during the coming weekend. Mr Hansen and Mr Arai will present a floral arrangement demonstration on Saturday (March 13) and Sunday (March 14) respectively at Victoria Park.

Another highlight that visitors should not miss is an exhibition of Chinese landscape photos, "Gem of China - Exhibition of Chinese Landscape and Scenic Spots", held across the road at the exhibition gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library from 9am to 9pm during the show period. The exhibition features photos of 16 cultural and natural beauty spots on the World Heritage List in the Mainland. Admission is free.

Details of the activities are as follows:

March 10 (Wednesday)
10.30am - 11.30am
Horticultural talk, 'Practical Applications of Compositae Plants' - Mr Alex Chau (Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong))
Ceremonial Stage

2pm - 3pm
Variety Show - Price Memorial Catholic Primary School (A.M.) & SKH St. Michael's Primary School (P.M.)
Ceremonial Stage

3.30pm - 4.30pm
Floral art demonstration 'The Greens - Origin of Inspiration, Dynamic of Life' - Ms Mabel Ho (The World Flower Council (Hong Kong) Chapter)
Ceremonial Stage

5pm - 6pm
Music performance - Accordion Troupe Hong Kong
Ceremonial Stage

March 11 (Thursday)
11am - 12 noon
Making of panty-hose flower - Ms Leung Miu-yuk (Sau's Institute Association)
Ceremonial Stage

2pm - 2.30pm
Music performance - St Patrick's School
Ceremonial Stage

2.30pm - 3pm
Music opera performance by children - San Po Kong Swatow Christian Church Little White Flower Kindergarten
Ceremonial Stage

4pm - 5pm
Floral art demonstration 'Visual of Art' - Ms Teresa Wong (The Hong Kong Flower Club)
Ceremonial Stage

March 12 (Friday)
11am - 12 noon
Horticultural talk 'Propagation and Care of Orchids' - Mr Lee Kin-wah (Hong Kong Artistic Orchid Association)
Ceremonial Stage

2pm - 3pm
Harmonica performance - Hong Kong Harmonica Association
Ceremonial Stage

4pm - 5pm
Floral art demonstration 'Modern Floral Design' - Ms Su Li-si (Su Li Si Floral Design)
Ceremonial Stage

7pm - 8pm
Music performance - New Territories Youth Chinese Orchestra, Music Office
Ceremonial Stage

March 13 (Saturday)
10am - 11am
Music performance - Melody Quartet
Ceremonial Stage

11.30am - 12.30pm
Dance performance - W.K. Group Dance
Ceremonial Stage

1pm - 2pm
Music performance - Tuen Mun Children Choir Orchestra
Ceremonial Stage

1.45pm - 2.05pm
Lion dance performance - Yaumati Catholic Primary School
Central Lawn (Stage)

2.30pm - 3.30pm
Music performance - Hong Kong Children's Symphonic Band, Music Office
Central Lawn (Stage)

3.30pm - 4.30pm
Floral art demonstration - Mr Stein Are Hansen of Norway
Ceremonial Stage

10am - 6pm
Happy Wonderland - recreation activities include game stalls, inflatable bouncers, Road Safety Town and sports carnival
Central Lawn

March 14 (Sunday)
10am - 11am
Music performance - Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong
Ceremonial Stage

11.30am - 12.30pm
Talk on 'Herbs with Medicinal Value' - Mr Li Ning-hon (Hong Kong Chinese Medical Research Institute)
Ceremonial Stage

12.45pm - 1.45pm
Singing performance - Tuen Mun Childrens' Choir
Ceremonial Stage

1.40pm - 2pm
Marching band performance - The Boys' Brigade, Hong Kong
Central Lawn

2pm - 3pm
Music performance - New Territories Youth Strings, Music Office
Ceremonial Stage

3.30pm - 4.30pm
Floral art demonstration - Mr Toshio Arai of Japan (the Hong Kong Branch of the Sogetsu Teachers' Association)
Ceremonial Stage

10am - 6pm
Happy Wonderland - recreation activities include game stalls, inflatable bouncers, Road Safety Town and sports carnival
Central Lawn

Plant care workshops are also being held from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm daily at the Central Lawn of Victoria Park during the show period.

The Hong Kong Flower Show opens from 9am to 9pm from March 5 to March 14. Admission for adults is $14 and half price for children and students. Senior citizens and people with disabilities 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 http://www.lcsd.gov.hk .

Ends/Tuesday, March 9, 2004
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