Chinese hibiscus turns on the petal power at Victoria Park

Local | 14 Mar 2019 4:11 pm

The Chinese hibiscus will take pride of place at the Hong Kong Flower Show which opens tomorrow at Victoria Park.

It will be open until March 24.

Some 420 000 flowers, including about 40,000 Chinese hibiscus, will transform Victoria Park into a colorful mini garden.

The Chinese hibiscus is an evergreen shrub that can grow to 4 meters in height and comes in single-petal and multi-petal varieties. It has large and trumpet-shaped flowers which are eye-catching with a common diameter of 6 to 10 centimeters, and its leaves are oval or narrowly oval in shape with serrate margins. In addition to its ever-blooming and multicolored nature, the Chinese hibiscus adapts well to Hong Kong's climate and can grow in different types of soil and thrive with adequate sunlight, making it a commonly planted flower in parks and gardens.

More than 260 organizations including 104 exhibitors from 20 countries are joining the display. They will showcase exotic flowers, landscapes and floral art displays.

At the center of the showground, there is a display inspired by wishing stars and a wishing fountain. Passing the wishing fountain, visitors will encounter a scene of people from different parts of the world enjoying music and flowers and wishing that all dreams may come true.

A Special Plants and Edible Plants Garden at the showground will display an array of special Chinese hibiscus cultivars to enhance visitors' understanding of the characteristics of the theme flower. These flowers come in single-petal and multi-petal varieties, some of which are over 18 centimetres in diameter. Their colours are rich and diverse, ranging from single colour and bi-coloured to multicoloured. Some common edible plants such as jaboticaba, lemongrass, loquat, tamarind, rosemary and strawberry will be on display for public viewing.

In the evening, there will be 10-minute light shows with music at 7:30pm and 8:30pm at the floral displays along the central axis of the showground.

The display is organized by the LCSD. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust is supporting the flower show for the seventh consecutive year and has been the major sponsor of the flower show since 2014.

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