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BGCI Projects in Hong Kong

2006 Hong Kong Flower Show

BGCI exhibited at 2006 Hong Kong Flower Show for the fourth time. Held on 3rd to 12th March, the show attracted around half a million visitors.

The BGCI booth featured an exhibition targeting school children on iconic Chinese plants which have shaped Chinese rich art and culture, called the Three Friends of Nature, namely bamboo, pine and flowering plum.

2006 Hong Kong Flower Show BGCI exhibit

In addition to an exhibition, the booth also featured a children's activity desk developed and conducted by HSBC staff, many of whom returned from Earthwatch programmes. Fifty volunteers helped out at children's activity desk on the weekends when the activities took place.

2006 Hong Kong Flower Show BGCI activities 2006 Hong Kong Flower Show BGCI exhibit

BGCI would like to thank the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) for their assistance and for hosting the Hong Kong Flower Show.

BGCI Exhibits at 2005 Hong Kong Flower Show

BGCI exhibited at the 2005 Hong Kong Flower Show for the third year. The 2005 Hong Kong Flower Show is a 10 day event which was held on 11th-20th March, 2005. About 460,000 people visited the show this year. Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) this year’s theme was “whisper of spring” and the rhododendron was the show’s theme flower.

Boasting 330,000 flowers, the show was held at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, in the heart of Hong Kong and transformed the bustling city landscape into a lush, green and colourful oasis.

BGCI booth

The BGCI booth:
The title of BGCI’s booth was "Plant diversity gives us delicious dishes" and featured stories, pictures, plants and seeds of common herbs used in Chinese cooking.

Similarly to last year, a children’s activity desk in the BGCI booth was set up by HSBC staff on the weekends during the show. Up to 40 HBSC volunteers helped children sow seeds of coriander, spring onion and bulbs of garlic to take home and watch grow.

2005 Hong Kong Flower Show BGCI activities 2005 Hong Kong Flower Show BGCI activities

Colourful leaflets about herbs and growing instructions produced by the volunteers were accompanied the pots of herb.

2005 Hong Kong Flower Show BGCI volunteers

The activity was made possible by Earthwatch Community Project funding applied by HSBC staff upon their return from their Earthwatch expeditions.

BGCI would like to thank the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) for hosting the Hong Kong Flower Show and their assistance.

2004 Hong Kong Flower Show

BGCI made its second appearance at the Hong Kong Flower Show which was held from 5 to 14 March 2004. Once a year, Victoria Park, a sporting ground and public park set in one of Hong Kong's busiest centres, Causeway Bay is transformed into an oasis for 10 days. The flower show attracted 550,000 visitors, a new record for the annual event. Visitors came to view displays of 183 participating horticultural organisations, private firms and government departments and to buy a large variety of plants.

The BGCI booth:
The BGCI booth, targeting schoolchildren featured a colourful exhibition highlighting native plants from Hong Kong, their importance and need for conservation. Visitors were invited to look, touch and feel products made from native Hong Kong plants featured in the exhibition. Live plants of Hong Kong native plants mentioned in the exhibition were used to great effect in the landscaping in the booth.

BGCI booth child having a look at BGCI exhibit

In addition to an exhibition, the booth also featured a children's activity desk developed and conducted by HSBC staff who had returned from Earthwatch research expeditions. Returnees helped out on the children's activity desk on the two weekends, the busiest times during the flower show. The HSBC returnees developed ideas for the children's activity desk which involved playing games relevant to Hong Kong native plants with children and giving away seedlings of Hong Kong native plants sourced from Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.
* Earthwatch including WWF and BGCI are partners with HSBC's Investing in Nature.

children playing some games

An attractive brochure also developed by the HSBC returnees featuring information and care instructions for the six native plants were given away and was well received by the public. Information for the brochure was provided by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden and Hong Kong Herbarium (Agriculture, Food and Conservation Department (AFCD)).

BGCI would like to thank the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) for their assistance and hosting the Hong Kong Flower Show.

2003 Hong Kong Flower Show

Botanic Gardens Conservation International exhibited for the first time at the 2003 Hong Kong Flower Show. The 2003 Hong Kong Flower Show was staged by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

The ten day show (7 to 16 March 2003) attracted approximately 550,000 visitors and showcased displays from 130 participating organisations BGCI will exhibit colour information panels, floral displays and exhibits to introduce and present the work of BGCI conducted in China. The BGCI exhibit received a Wooden Shield Award for Outstanding Exhibit.

The BGCI booth:
The BGCI booth was composed of information exhibition panels, a display bench and floral arrangements. The exhibition panels introduced BGCI, detailed the conservation work conducted by botanic gardens internationally and in China and described the HSBC Investing in Nature partnership. A bench nearby displayed examples of live specimens of Chinese native plants and the useful products derived from them.

2003 Hong Kong Flower Show