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Orchidaceae

See rare orchids bloom at Lunar New Year fair in Tseung Kwan O - and enjoy the indoor warmth

The festive feel of Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, during the Lunar New Year fair is hard to beat.

Friday, 6 January, 2012, 12:00am

Garden of the orchid queen

Exotic and exquisite, orchids have often paid the price for their beauty as they are often preyed upon by hungry-eyed smugglers. Thankfully, there were people like the late Gloria d'Almada Barretto, who spent her life studying the flowers and protecting them. She died in 2007 aged 90.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Rare jewel orchid shining in secret

A rare jewel is shining on the slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong's highest mountain, but its exact location is being kept secret to protect it from prying eyes and fingers.

It's not a gemstone but a flower - the jewel orchid - identified in Hong Kong for the first time.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Brighten up her day with the right bouquet

Flowers are very much a part of Mother's Day. They look nice, smell nice and add life to the home. Chief florist of The Peninsula Hong Kong, Ellie Kam, offers some tips on choosing blooms that will make the day extra special.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am

Happy orchids

'I wanted my orchids to fly.' So says Kenny Chan Hing-yeung, founder of the floral company Greenfingers. In his Ivy House shop (18 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2827 8280; www.greenfingers.com.hk), moth orchids are suspended from aluminium wires and accommodated not in pots or vases but in orbs made of moss and dried roots ($350 each; pictured).

27 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Breath of fresh air

Greenies may not agree, but the Japanese makers of Clean Flora artificial plants contend their products are superior to natural alternatives. Photocatalytic technology is apparently behind the ability of these specimens to 'clean' the air: the plants apparently kill bacteria and remove dust and unpleasant cigarette, garbage and pet odours.

27 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Detours

Although the area around Flower Market Road has been a meeting point for flower-sellers for almost 140 years, the road, not named until after the original market was moved to a nearby park, didn't boast a flower shop until 13 years ago.

19 Sep 1999 - 12:00am