Enjoy the color of spring
Updated: 2015-04-09


Visitors can enjoy blossoms of a wide range of varieties at the 2015 Shanghai International Flower Show. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Although the abundant parks and green zones in Shanghai have offered enchanting blossoms of spring, it is worthwhile to go to the Shanghai Botanic Garden where visitors can enjoy novel plants and learn gardening skills from other countries and regions.

The 2015 Shanghai International Flower Show has raised its curtain at the botanic garden. A total of eight gardening organizations from Europe, US, Asia and Taiwan took part in the flower show, which will run through the end of May.

In the courtyard display area of the botanic garden, the Lithuanian National Bonsai Association has replicated a backyard garden of a family in suburban Vilnius, the country’s capital. The backyard is purely grassland, with white daisies flourishing in the center. There is not any other artificial landscape, except for a wooden swing.


The 2015 Shanghai International Flower Show has raised its curtain in Shanghai Botanic Garden. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The Morton Arboretum from Chicago has built a courtyard with typical style of middle and western US families. The garden introduces about 30 varieties of plants. Many are herbs that can be ingredients of family secret recipes. Deep in the yard, there is a place for people to take a rest, chat and barbecue.

On a lawn in the botanic garden rest a few American limousines, which represent a common lifestyle in the US – living on the wheels and traveling in natural landscape.

In the Bonsai Garden of Shanghai Botanic Garden, a veteran artist from South Korea displays the skill of making bonsai with common plants such as calamus, fragrant thoroughwort, Ophiopogon japonicas, reeds, undershrub and even moss.


A veteran artist from South Korea displays the skill of making bonsai with common plants. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Wang Juan, director of the Bonsai Garden, said that they have collected deserted trunks and barks from the botanic garden to make bonsai. “They are economic and artistic items to decorate families,” she said.

Gardeners all over the world have taken novel flowers to the show. A nursery garden from Poland has introduced more than 270 varieties of Clematis florida. Orchid Nursery Association from Taiwan is expected to hold a tropical orchid show and display the art of making flower banquets.

Anna Borkowska, a painter from Poland and ambassador of the Kielce Plants Art Show, will hold an exhibition of her art works on plants.

This Shanghai’s largest botanical garden features 240 acres of landscapes holding over more than 6,000 species of plants in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

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