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Hong Kong Bonsai Exhibition in late November

Bonsai, with a long history originating on the Mainland, has always been an art of living apart from its fundamental greening characteristic. It can be a big potted plant placed in the garden, or a small display on a table.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the territory's eight main bonsai associations will launch the Hong Kong Bonsai Exhibition for the first time, at the Banyan Court of Kowloon Park from November 25 to December 4. Admission is free.

Bonsai has a long history dated back to Tang and Sung dynasties and which later spread to the West.

Shape and spatial arrangement are essential to the art of bonsai, but the essence of the art is to reflect the beauty of nature.

Plants that are commonly used for bonsai horticulture are Fukien Tea, Sageretia, Fire-thorn, Serissa, Buddhist Pine, Elm, Rhododendron, Juniper and Bougainvillea.

Plants of developed roots, short stems and small leaves with lustre are generally better choices for bonsai purposes. And flowering plants should be able to stand a long time to be appreciated.

The art of bonsai has evolved in different areas over its long history of development, and has a variety of styles.

Matching pots and tables are also important to complement the beauty of the plants.

Opening hours of the Hong Kong Bonsai Exhibition are:

November 25 (10am-6pm)
November 26-December 4 (7am-6pm)

Hong Kong Bonsai Exhibition is presented by LCSD, and co-organised by Association of Horticulture Lantau Island, Sha Tin Bonsai Association, Penjing and Artstone of Asia, Hong Kong Penjing & Artstone Society, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Bonsai International, The Yuen Yuen Institute and Ching Chung Taoist Association of Hong Kong.

Enquiries can be made at 2723 6232 or browse at the web .

Ends/Tuesday, November 15, 2005
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