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March
Sunday last day for Hong Kong Flower Show
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With only three more days to go until Sunday (March 20), members of the public should not miss the opportunity to see tens of thousands of exotic flowers from all over the world in the Hong Kong Flower Show 2005 at Victoria Park.

Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the flower show opens from 9am to 9pm until Sunday (March 20). This year, 175 organisations from 18 countries participating in the show.

Featuring the rhododendron as its theme flower, with "Whisper of Spring" as its theme, the flower show brings a colourful wonderland of more than 330,000 flowers, including 18,000 pots of 60 rhododendron species.

Since its opening last Friday, the flower show has replenished its floral displays with fresh ones to welcome visitors.

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 the Bureau of City Engineering and Gardening of Guangzhou Municipality, Guangzhou Agricultural Bureau, Landscape Architecture of Jiangmen, Hangzhou Garden and Cultural Relic Bureau.

Apart from the exquisite bonsai and floral displays, a wide variety of fringe activities for all ages will be organised for enjoyment of visitors in the next three days. These include music and dance performances, floral art demonstrations, workshops and fun games.

Highlights among these activities are the demonstrations by two prominent floral display masters, Mr Stein Are Hansen from Norway and Ms Hakuho Kijitani from Japan. They will conduct a floral art demonstration on Saturday (March 19) and Sunday (March 20) afternoon respectively at Victoria Park.

Details of the activities are as follows:

March 18 (Friday)
11am - 12noon
Talk on 'Herbal Tea' - Mr Li Ning-hon (Hong Kong Chinese Medical Research Institute)
Ceremonial Stage

3.30pm - 4.30pm
Horticultural Talk 'The Arts of Gourd' - Mr Chen Jian-gang (Beijing Feitian Natural Resources Institute)
Ceremonial Stage

6pm - 7pm
Music Performance - Melody Quartet
Ceremonial Stage

March 19 (Saturday)
10am - 6pm
Demonstration of Water Sports Activities
Centre Court

10.30am - 11.30am
Prize Presentation Ceremony of Nanyang Commercial Bank Student Drawing Competition
Ceremonial Stage

12noon - 12.30pm
Dance Performance - Rainbow Dancing Studio
Ceremonial Stage

12.45pm - 1.45pm
Music Performance - Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra, Music Office
Ceremonial Stage

1.45pm - 2.05pm
Lion Dance Performance - Yaumati Catholic Primary School
Central Lawn

2pm - 3pm
Music Performance - Tuen Mun Children Choir Orchestra
Ceremonial Stage

2.30pm - 3pm
Marching Band Performance - CCCI of Correctional Services Department
Central Lawn

3.30pm - 4.30pm
Floral Art Demonstration - Mr Stein Are Hansen of Norway
Ceremonial Stage

March 20 (Sunday)
10am - 6pm
Demonstration of Water Sports Activities
Centre Court

10am - 11am
Horticultural Talk 'Introduction and Culture of Hoya' - Mr Lee Kin-wah (Hong Kong Artistic Orchid Association)

11am - 1pm
Cultural Performance - The Philippine Cultural Academy
Ceremonial Stage

1.30pm - 2.30pm
Music Performance - New Territories Youth Strings, Music Office
Ceremonial Stage

1.40pm - 2pm
Marching Band Performance - St. Paul's Convent School
Central Lawn

3pm - 4pm
Band Performance - Kowloon City District JPC Silver Band
Central Lawn

3.30pm - 4.30pm
Floral Art Demonstration - Ms Hakuho Kijitani (The Hong Kong Branch of the Sogetsu Teachers' Association)
Ceremonial Stage

Plant care workshops are also being held from 10am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 5pm daily at the Central Lawn. "Happy Wonderland", which is a hit with children, will be open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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

Admission tickets will be sold at the showground at Victoria Park during the show period. Tickets will also be available at LCSD's Leisure Link outlets.

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

Ends/Thursday, March 17, 2005
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