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Sunday last day for Lotus Show

With only three more days to go, members of the public should not miss the chance to see over 1,600 pots of lotus of some 100 cultivars at the Conservatory and the Artificial Lake of Hong Kong Park. Sunday (July 2) is the last day of the show. Admission is free.

Blossoming in summer, the lotus is a graceful and elegant aquatic plant. Lotus flowers are fragrant with single, semi-double or double petals. They come in a range of colours such as red, pink and white.

The lotuses on display include special species of Chinese lotus and their hybrids with fabulous colours.

With great ornamental merit, the lotus also has significant economic value. Every part of the lotus, both fresh and dried, earns popularity with gardening enthusiasts in horticulture and floral art.

To enhance people's knowledge of lotus plants, display panels and leaflets are available at the conservatory to introduce the characteristics, form and classification, cultivation and propagation of lotus. A talk on lotus plants and a demonstration of Chinese painting will be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoon respectively.

Apart from lotuses, over 200 pots of common aquatic plants of some 30 cultivars are also displayed at the Artificial Lake.

Jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong), the Lotus Show 2006 offers a chance for public to appreciate the beauty of various species of lotus, and introduces to them the knowledge of growing lotus plants. It also helps promote horticulture and green consciousness.

Opening hours are as follows:

1. The Conservatory of Hong Kong Park
9am to 6pm daily, until July 2

2. The Artificial Lake of Hong Kong Park
6am to 11pm daily, until July 2

For enquiries, please call 2521 5068 or visit the department's website .

Ends/Thursday, June 29, 2006
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