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Hong Kong Park blooms with over 600 plants from the rose family

More than 600 flowering plants and 50 species from the Rosaceae, or rose, family are in bloom at the Forsgate Conservatory in Hong Kong Park, including the rugosa rose, China rose, loquat, peach and Hong Kong hawthorn. 

The exhibition hosted 600 visitors on its first day yesterday, a spokesman for the Leisure and Development Department told The Young Reporter in an email reply. It will be open to the public for free until Jan.9, 2022.

The Forsgate Conservatory, which opened along with the park in May 1991, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The park covers an area of 8 hectare and cost HK$400 million.


Visitors come to the conservatory to see the Rosaceae plants, having a close look at the roses on the first day of the exhibition.
Roses bloom at the exhibition. Red roses represent beauty and love, the exhibition board says.
The China rose (left) is often confused with the rugosa rose (right), the Leisure and Cultural Services Department says in its press release.
China rose’s petals are usually red, pink and white, and with sparse prickles on its stem, according to Hong Kong Herbarium. It blooms from April to September.
Rugosa rose petals are in white or purplish-red, while its stem is densely bristly and prickly. Its flowering period lasts from April to June, according to the Hong Kong Herbarium.
Hong Kong hawthorn, also known as “spring flower” in Chinese, is widely used in Japanese bonsai art, according to a display board in the exhibition.
Green apples, which are commonly found in markets, also belong to the Rosaceae family.
Christmas ornaments and English tea sets are also on display.
Non-rosacea plants like air plants play a part in the exhibition as decoration.
“I love the plantscaping,” says visitor Lily Sung, who posts her own flower arranging videos on YouTube. “It’s beautiful.”
Hana Ng, a fan of flower exhibitions, visits with her friends. “The flowers are beautiful so I feel happy,” she says.
Display boards are placed around the Conservatory to educate the public on names and parts of the plants, as well as their uses and symbolic meanings.
Fruits from the Rosaceae family, such as peaches and loquats, can be eaten fresh or used to make jam, while various kinds of roses can be turned into wine and tea, a display board reads.


《The Young Reporter》

The Young Reporter (TYR) started as a newspaper in 1969. Today, it is published across multiple media platforms and updated constantly to bring the latest news and analyses to its readers.


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