Theme Gardens at KFBG
Plant and Us Green House
Imagine a place where stress can be relieved and joy discovered. The Plants & Us Greenhouse is a space for passive or active engagement with plants involving observation, exploration and contemplation. As one walks through a garden one can become a part of it, because all of one’s senses are stimulated. We smell the fragrance of aromatic plants; we hear the breeze, water and wildlife; we see the beauty of trees and flowers; we touch the leaves and bark to experience the unique texture of plants; and we can stimulate our sense of taste by tasting edible plants. Plants are non-judgemental. They don’t care who you are and where you come from. They will gladly share their space, peace and energy with you, and they will reward you for the attention you give them. Come and visit the Plants and Us greenhouse.
The Orchid Greenhouse is an educational exhibit that showcases the important ex situ plant conservation work being undertaken at KFBG. Through lush displays of orchid plants and educational information panels, visitors can enjoy the beauty and diversity of orchids from different parts of tropical and subtropical Asia, whilst learning about our work on these captivating plants. Signage draws attention to the threats faced by our native orchids, the need to conserve their genetic diversity in living collections and in seed banks, and how public support and awareness helps to save them in the wild. Orchids are one of the earth's most beautiful plant families and there are always some in flower year round, greeting visitors with their unusual colours and forms.
The Butterfly Garden was opened in 1995, the first such garden in Hong Kong. It covers about a quarter of a hectare, with larval host plants and nectar-rich plants grown to attract native butterfly and moth species from the surrounding woodland throughout the year.
Planting food sources for the larvae of species of conservation concern, such as the protected Golden (Troides aeacus) and Common Birdwing (T. helena) butterflies, has provided a specific conservation component. In the years following establishment, the Garden has hosted over 150 species of butterflies (more than half of Hong Kong’s entire butterfly fauna), including the White Dragontail (Lamproptera curius walkeri), Paris Peakcock (Papilio paris) and Common Tiger (Danaus genutia). Additionally, in the Garden over 1,100 species of moths (about half of the known species in Hong Kong), including the Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), the biggest moth species in the territory; and moth species only found in Hong Kong, such as the Two-spot Marsh Moth (Athetis bispurca), have been seen. The Garden also attracts other insects such as various species of bees, dragonflies, tiger beetles, cicadas, long-horned beetles, stink bugs and shield bugs.
It does not matter who you are - a butterfly or moth enthusiast, a photographer, a parent with children, or a student – you will find plenty to discover here, and be able to connect with awesome beauty in its natural state.
There are about 12,000 fern species distributed all over the world, apart from at the two poles and in deserts. They are especially abundant in the tropics where the climate is warm and wet. In Hong Kong over 200 species have been recorded, and in our garden more than 170 species have been collected and transplanted to a variety of growing habits. Fern Walk was established in 1995 with the dual aims of conserving local fern species and educating the public about this special group of plants. Situated near to the stream, Fern Walk is an ideal place for most fern species native to Hong Kong, and there is also a small display of exotic species, too. Tree Fern Corner and the Aquatic Fern Area were specially designed to display four local tree fern species and two aquatic fern species.
The Gloria Barretto Orchid Sanctuary
This compact and exquisite garden is devoted to orchids, surely one of the most unusual and beautiful groups of plants on Earth. Orchids occur in almost all habitats around the globe, but most notably in the moist tropics. Hong Kong is itself home to over 125 native species, and one of the first people to realise this astonishing local diversity was Gloria Barretto, a plant enthusiast who worked at Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden from the mid-1970s until 2003. Horace Kadoorie was himself an orchid lover and, recognising her passion, invited Mrs Barretto to establish an orchid collection and conservation programme. This two-terrace garden in Orchid Haven was named after her on its re-opening following full renovation in 2011.