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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Whether you're a veteran gardener, a beginner or just a plant lover, we'd like to hear from you. Become a member. The society is run entirely by volunteers and we always welcome new faces and new ideas. If you would like to get involved, please contact us.
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Flower of the Month:
Few plants are more fra-grant than the Narcissus (Shui Xin, literally Water Spirit). One of the favour-ite symbols of Chinese New Year/Spring Festival, part of its appeal is that it can be homegrown in a dish of water placed in any sunny spot.
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!
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12 - Plant propagation
(Workshop by Akira)
11 - ISF Rooftop Garden visit
28 - Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden Visit
7 - HKGS Christmas Trawl
23 - CNY Shenzhen Flower Market
8 - Workshop - Butterfly Orchid