The Hong Kong Flower Show concluded at Victoria Park on 25th March. Featuring over 400,000 flowers on display, the show attracted a record-high of over 720,000 visitors throughout the 10-day exhibition organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
With this year’s theme, “Joy in Bloom,” the highlights of the flower show include intricate flower displays. Among them, the Tulip display and this year’s theme flower, the Dahlia display, were the most popular. Many visitors including professional photographers came to see these arrangements.
However, despite the beauty of the flowers, not all were happy about the situation in the flower show. Towards the end of the exhibition, many displays were heavily damaged, especially those located on the outer sides of the displays. Many stems were broken, and leaves and grass were squashed.
A visitor surnamed Wong has expressed his concerns over the damage done to the flower display, “People only care about how to take the best selfies with the flowers in expense of those [plants] on the side. Dried and withered petals can be seen everywhere in the park.”
The situation mentioned by Wong was not uncommon. During the Flower Show, many visitors were seen sitting on the bushes, touching or pulling the flowers, and even stepping on the bushes when taking photos with the display. These actions had indeed caused serious damage to the plants and had affected the experiences of other visitors at the Flower Show.
Indeed, this is not the first time visitors’ poor behaviours have caused severe damage to the exhibits in the flower show. Last year, a report by on.cc said that multiple visitors were seen to step on the bushes to take pictures of flowers on display.
The exhibition organizer recruited security guards to station near flower displays. It was seen that they had to walk up to visitors and remind them not to sit on bushes or touch the flowers every minute. Yet it was inevitably hard to prevent all this damage done to the displays from happening as there were countless number of entrants.
The purpose of the Hong Kong Flower Show is to let the public understand different kinds of flowers and enjoy the beauty of blossoms. Instead of taking selfies, one of the most important things in this flower show is to appreciate and respect plant-life. Perhaps the Hong Kong government, when hosting other major events, should educate the public more about civic virtues to prevent similar incidents from happening.