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Nature fans get green fix at Hong Kong flower show

Published on Mar 16, 2013 11:21 AM

HONG KONG (AFP) - It's notorious for its cramped living conditions, traffic-clogged streets and polluted air, but once a year Hong Kong celebrates all things green at the city's flower show.

Though most residents have no outdoor space for gardening, thousands flock to the annual 10-day event, which started on Friday and covers six football pitches in the central Victoria Park.

In contrast to the surrounding apartment and office blocks, the park has been overtaken by cascades of orchids - the show's theme flower - along with tulips and kitsch floral sculptures, from giant ants to pandas and toadstools.

Some visitors come just to photograph the lavish displays, but many are picking up plants and gardening equipment. The park is lined with stalls selling seeds, pot plants, compost and garden tools.

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