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Hong Kong Flower Show opens Friday at Victoria Park

The Hong Kong Flower Show 2005, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), will be held at Victoria Park from tomorrow (March 11) to March 20 from 9am to 9pm.

The show's theme flower will be the rhododendron and its theme will be "Whisper of Spring", transforming the park into a colourful wonderland with more than 330,000 flowers, including 18,000 pots of 60 rhododendron species.

More than 170 organisations from 18 countries will participate in the flower show. These organisations are from Mainland, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Germany, Spain and Switzerland are taking part for the first time.

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. Eye-catching attractions are the mosaiculture display presented by the LCSD, Ocean Park Hong Kong,The Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong).

Organisations from the Mainland also attract visitors with beautiful exhibits. They are from Bureau of City Engineering and Gardening of Guangzhou Municipality, Guangzhou Agricultural Bureau, Landscape Architecture of Jiangmen, Hangzhou Garden and Cultural Relic Bureau.

The theme flower 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.

Indigenous species in Hong Kong - Mrs Farrer's rhododendron and Westland's rhododendron - will also be on display in the flower show.

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 adults in a group of 30 or more people will pay half price on weekdays.

Admission tickets to the Hong Kong Flower Show 2005 will be sold at the showground at Victoria Park throughout the show period. Tickets will also be available at LCSD's Leisure Link outlets.

For enquiries, please call 2723 6232 or visit the LCSD website at

Ends/Thursday, March 10, 2005

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