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Hong Kong Bonsai Exhibition displays over 60 exhibits

More than 60 pots of bonsai exhibits have gone on display in the Hong Kong Bonsai Exhibition at the Banyan Court of Kowloon Park, showcasing a collection of wonderful plants of exquisite beauty. Admission is free.

The Hong Kong Bonsai Exhibition organised for the first time by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the territory's eight main bonsai associations, runs from today (November 25) until December 4.

Speaking at the opening ceremony today, the Assistant Director (Leisure Services) of LCSD Mr Eddy Yau, said bonsai had a long history originating on the Mainland. "The living plants change with seasons, capturing the beauty of nature in a blend of horticulture, literature and arts,” Mr Yau said.

He added that the exhibition was aimed at promoting bonsai, providing a platform for enthusiasts to share and exchange knowledge.

Bonsai has a long history 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 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.

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

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

Bonsai can be a big potted plant placed in the garden, or a small display on a table. 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 on 2723 6232 or browse at the web .

Ends/Friday, November 25, 2005
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