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March
Hong Kong Flower Show opens on Friday at Victoria Park
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The Hong Kong Flower Show 2005 will be held at Victoria Park from 9am to 9pm from March 11 to 20.

The show will feature the rhododendron as its theme flower and "Whisper of Spring" as its theme. The rhododendron comes in a variety of colours -- white, red, pink, peach, purple, yellow and even frilled. The flowering period mainly falls in spring, usually in March and April, and the soil in Hong Kong is favourable to its growth.

This year, the flower show will exhibit some 60 species of rhododendron worldwide, including indigenous species in Hong Kong: Mrs Farrer's rhododendron and Westland's rhododendron.

The rhododendron is a woody plant belonging to the genus rhododendron of the ericaceae family. There are some 900 species of rhododendron worldwide and they are mainly distributed in the tropical and temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere, including Asia, Europe and North America. The largest number of the indigenous species is native to Asia. More than 600 species are found in China, most of which are distributed throughout the southwestern upland areas, particularly Yunnan, Tibet and Sichuan.

The flower show will also showcase exotic flowers, landscape and floral art displays presented by 175 organisations from Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas. More than 300,000 flowers will be on display including the theme flower rhododendron, pansy, petunia, tulip, carnivorous plants, indoor and outdoor plants.

Fringe activities including music and dance performances, floral art demonstrations, workshops and fun games will be organised during the 10-day show for the enjoyment of visitors.

Admission for adults is $14 and children, students, senior citizens and people with disabilities pay half price. Senior citizens and people with disabilities will have free admission on weekdays while groups of 30 or more adults will pay half price on weekdays.

Admission tickets to the Hong Kong Flower Show 2005 are on sale at the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)'s Leisure Link outlets. Tickets will also be sold at the showground at Victoria Park throughout the show period.

The Leisure Link outlets are available at:
* District Leisure Services Offices;
* Sports Centres;
* Tennis Courts;
* Squash Courts;
* Holiday Camps; and
* Water Sports Centres.

For enquiries, please call 2723 6232 or visit the LCSD website at http://www.lcsd.gov.hk


Ends/Saturday, March 5, 2005
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