Organic farming all the rage

Clockwise from top: Mawin Cheung of  Easy Organic Farming; Chan Siu-lun of  the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; IPC’s Vian Li and Steve Cheung; and Zen Organic’s Ng  Ping-leung (left)  and Joey Ng.

In land-scarce Hong Kong, developers usually figure the solution to most problems is to go up. Now the same idea is taking root among the city's expanding organic gardening community, with vegetable plots on rooftops and even in industrial buildings.

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 11:55am

Indoor vertical gardens a growing attraction for Hongkongers

Margaret Chen, founder of SquAir Spaces, poses with the 'living walls' of plants at her office in Wong Chuk Hang. Photo: May Tse

In a city with bad air pollution and cramped apartments, Margaret Chen says bringing greenery indoors is an easy path to better air quality and peace of mind.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:43am

A tale of two cities: rooftop gardening in Hong Kong and Beijing

The Perennial Plate introduces us to two city slickers who've turned to horticulture.

18 Feb 2013 - 10:21pm 1 comment

City slickers make a beeline for the allotment


In the newspapers and weekend colour supplements everything has gone green - adverts, features, news. Not green in the political sense, but verdant.

28 May 2008 - 12:00am

Time for green fingers to take to the rooftops

If there is one thing the community yearns for, it is more green open space in our urban jungle. People crave to get closer to nature, and most children want to get down and dirty in the great outdoors when given the chance. However, visiting country parks is not always possible during weekdays.

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Incessant push of Sydney suburbia makes Chinese gardening life a hard row to hoe


They are an incongruous sight - elderly Chinese men and women in traditional woven hats bent over rows of vegetables, right in the heart of Sydney.

It's a snapshot of a bygone era, a remnant of the days when the harbour city was able to feed itself.

1 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Green drive with a heart

Award-winning roof garden shows students can help the environment

Students are growing plants on their school rooftops to beautify the surroundings and improve the environment.

With schools in Hong Kong having little open space, the rooftop is an ideal place for students to practise their gardening skills.

22 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Your Money: Kane Lui Ka-yan

Age: 26

Occupation: Founder of City Greeny, a garden design company

YP: What inspired you to set up a garden design business?

Lui: I saw some government workers hanging flowerpots along the highway two years ago, and that inspired me to set up City Greeny in 2005.

13 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Let elderly gardeners use specified plots

I enjoy jogging along the catchwater channel from Shing Mun reservoir to TaiLam reservoir.

16 May 2002 - 12:00am

Led up the garden path

IT IS Open Door government in Upper Albert Road and no mistake. We may not have the foggiest notion what is up on our behalf with the heavyweight issues but the gates have certainly been flung open on the subject of azaleas and camellias.

28 Feb 1993 - 12:00am