Shanghai international flower exhibition starts on Thursday

The Shanghai Botanical Garden will host the city's International Flower Exhibition that will kick off this Thursday.
Shanghai international flower exhibition starts on Thursday
Jiang Xiaowei

French team members Philippe Bodson and Nathalie De Bruyn work on their garden design at the Shanghai Botanical Garden in preparation for the Shanghai International Flower Exhibition, which will kick off on Thursday. 

The city's International Flower Exhibition will kick off at the Shanghai Botanical Garden in Xuhui District this Thursday.

A sea of dahlia, rose, tulip, peony and lily, including some rare species, will be on show. In total, more than 20,000 flowers from over 50 species will be put on display.

But it's the Dahlia, native to Mexico, that will take center stage — it's the theme flower of this year’s exhibition. 

"The flower symbolizes good wishes and is brilliant in color," said Bi Qingsi, director of the garden. Its colors include red, yellow, purple, orange and white, and each flower stands a towering 1.5 to 2 meters high.

Flower designers from over 10 countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany and France, will display their courtyard designs.

Three bonsai exhibitions will also be held as part of the event.

Visitors can enjoy other activities during the exhibition, too, such as flower arrangement lectures, gardening sharing events, a concert, and traditional art performances.

The exhibition will run through May 6.

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