From growing things to garden history, from urban greening to organic farming, our interests are wide-ranging. We offer a chance for all who share a love of plants to meet. For more than 30 years, we have delighted in garden visits, overseas trips, talks and social events. The Hong Kong Gardening Society gives us a chance to learn, as well as to exchange knowledge and experience with others.
There are special interest groups to join for those with a passion for orchids or wondering how to grow things in confined spaces like rooftops and balconies. We also partner with others to spread awareness of Hong Kong's rich biodiversity and abundance of flora and fauna.
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Flower of the Month:
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
At this season pots of Poinsettia are second only to Christmas trees for festive decoration. What we enjoy are actually colourful bracts rather than the flowers, which are insignificant little blobs that hide within the brazen exterior.
As pot plants they repay a little care to maintain their cheerful appearance for as long as possible. The big challenge is to keep the bright bracts from dropping in dry air or wind. They rot easily, so try standing the pot in a bowl of shallow water with pebbles to hold the plants above the water but still able to benefit from the humidity. To extend their life, re-pot them in rich, well-draining soil. Prune them when the bracts drop and continue to prune and fertilise them every three months or so until September for Christmas colour next year.
Tree of the Month:
Chinaberry (Melia azedarach)
Despite its name, Chinaberry is not native to China or Hong Kong, but believed to be indigenous to South-east Asia and northern Australia. It is not clear whether the tree was consciously introduced, but their current wide-spread distribution in Hong Kong is obviously a result of successful adaptation. In fact, arborists usually regard the tree as a naturalized species –an exotic species that can complete its life-cycle successfully in a new location and also blend well with the ecosystem of the new location.
Chinaberry provides a very popular foraging site for local insects, fruit bats or birds. In addition to serving as a good source of nectar for bees, its small fleshy drupes are among the most popular fruits for birds such as different kinds of Starlings.
Bird of the month: Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Tree Sparrow is "Hong Kong's "favourite bird". In addition to its lovely appearance, this bird can be found almost everywhere in Hong Kong. Some people felt they had grown up with the sparrows; some admired their energy and ability to survive in any environment - reflecting the character of people of Hong Kong! Last but not least, the name of the bird has a similar pronunciation to the popular local game "mahjong", thus raising the awareness of Tree Sparrow amongst a very unusual audience!