Mar 05, 2018

Flowers in the Urban Jungle

 

In our busy city lives, it’s important that we remember to stop and smell the roses every now and again… sometimes figuratively, and sometimes literally! Floriculture is a thriving industry in Hong Kong, and the Flower Market in Kowloon is a godsend for the horticulturally inclined.

The Hong Kong Flower Show, too, brings a great deal of joy to nature lovers and flower enthusiasts in the city. This Show has a number of artistic and horticultural displays, and hosts many stalls selling plants and supplies too.

A signature horticultural event for residents and visitors is the Hong Kong Flower Show 2018 which will be held from March 16 to 25, 2018, at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.

 

 

An annual event, the Hong Kong Flower Show is organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). It has been held in Victoria Park every March since 2000. Before 2000, the location alternated between Sha Tin Central Park and Victoria Park.

A major event on the LCSD calendar, the Hong Kong Flower Show was instituted to promote horticulture and awareness of the importance of greening. It provides a golden opportunity for thousands of local citizens and horticulture lovers all over the world to appreciate the beauty of flowers and share their experiences as pertain to the cultivation of flowers.

 

 

Every year, the Flower Show selects a single flower, and a single theme around which the Show revolves. In 2018, the Dahlia is to be the Flower Show’s theme flower, and the theme of the Show overall will be ‘Joy in Bloom’.

 

A striking blossom that comes in a variety of magnificent colours and varied forms, the Dahlia represents all that is the best about the theme, ‘Joy in Bloom’. The brightly coloured blossoms turn to visitors with their exquisite smiles. As patrons from near and far walk through this colourful realm of botanical wonders, the dahlia’s bold beauty brings great joy to one and all.

Last year’s theme was ‘Blossoms of Love’, with a very apt flower: the universal symbol of love, the Rose.

 

 

Other unique themes included ‘Hong Kong in Full Blossom’ (Garden Petunia; 2002), ‘Fairy Tales of Flowers’ (Cineraria; 2010)

The 2017 edition of the Flower Show offered flower lovers the sight of garden plots and displays crafted with creativity and skill. These displays were created with the support of over 200 horticultural organizations, private firms and government departments. The truly international Show had participants from 17 countries, including Mainland China, Australia, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and United States of America.

 

 

Floral displays and landscaped gardens were brought to life in the night with a subtle play of light and shadow. Two new attractions in this edition of the show were the ‘Floral Marquee’ and ‘Maze Garden’. A great line-up of special evening programmes also held the attention of visitors, including an ‘Evening Concert’, a ‘Dance Night’ and ‘Extravaganza’!

The annual Hong Kong Flower Show brings with it a sense of joy and peace as visitors experience the latest in horticulture, displays and flowers alike. The Show is a great experience for horticultural fans and the general public alike, and, in 2017, reached new heights. The Show attracted a record high of over 670,000 visitors in 2017, proving instrumental in promoting local interest in greening of the city, as well as local and international interest in floriculture.

 

 

Every year, the Hong Kong Flower Show showcases a wide and varied range of flora: potted plants, landscape displays, floral arrangements and more. The displays are set up by a number of organizations from all around the region; local, overseas, and from the Mainland. Some stalls also sell flowers, seed, and other horticultural products.

A range of fringe activities, both educational and recreational, will also be organized during the period of the show, suited to entertain visitors of all ages. These include student drawing competitions, photo competitions, exhibits, music and cultural performances, floral art demonstrations, greening activities workshops, green promotional game stalls, guided visits, recreation programmes and fun games.

Specifics:

Date: March 16-25, 2018

Time: 9am to 9pm

Theme flower: Dahlia

Theme: Joy in Bloom

Normal Admission Fee: $ 14

Concession rate: $ 7

Telephone: 2601 8260

Email: hkfs@lcsd.gov.hk

 

Visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/hkfs/2018/index.html for more information on the Hong Kong Flower Show.

 

 

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