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Plant Encounters

  1. Introduction

    Do you know how many plant species can be found in the wild in Hong Kong?

    Have you ever wondered how these native plants are pollinated?

    Do you know which species can be used to make natural dyes and preserves or to celebrate particular festivals?

    Plants are all around us, but how much do you know about the many ways in which they support our lives?

    We are excited to announce that KFBG will be launching its new Plant Encounters programme in February 2024 to introduce visitors to the diversity of Hong Kong native plants. Given the irreplaceable role that plants play in quietly providing breathable air, water, nourishment, medicines and clothing, it is time to look closer and appreciate their life-sustaining qualities. Each 45-minute Plant Encounters session offers a unique opportunity to learn from a KFBG botanist to deepen your understanding of the generous, green world that surrounds us.

    Keep an eye on the monthly schedule and join us to delve into our beautiful but threatened flora – and grow your understanding of why protecting native plants is a vital shared responsibility.

    2. Schedule and Details
    Theme in June: Enchanting Summer Plants and Their Surprising Partners

    In the natural ecosystem, plants establish close symbiotic relationships with various organisms, such as birds, insects and even fungi and bacteria. These organisms pollinate their flowers, disperse their seeds and supply nutrients to their roots and, in return, the plants offer them food and shelter, thereby maintaining the ecological balance.


    21 June 2024 (Friday)


    Tommy Yu - Senior Curator



    First Session:

    10:00 – 10:45 (gathering time: 9:45)

    Second Session:

    15:30 – 16:15 (gathering time: 15:15)


    28 June 2024 (Friday)


    Dr. Ned Liu - Botanist



    First Session:

    10:00 – 10:45 (gathering time: 9:45)

    Second Session:

    15:30 – 16:15 (gathering time: 15:15)

    Gathering Point:

    Plant Encounters registration counter (main visitor reception area of KFBG)

    Event Venue:

    Lower Hillside of KFBG (outdoors)

    Fee (HKD):

    HK$50 (aged 12 and above) / HK$25 (aged 4 to 11) / free of charge (aged below 4) (the price does not include KFBG admission fee)

    a. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
    b. Please arrive at the Plant Encounters registration counter in the main visitor reception area of KFBG no later than the specified gathering time. KFBG volunteers will lead the visitors to the venue.
    c. Programme schedule is subject to change without prior notice. The latest Plant Encounters schedule will be announced on the KFBG website.


  1. Past Activities



    22 Feb 2024 (Thurs)
    28 Feb 2024 (Wed)

    Fiery flora! Red fruits and flowers to welcome in the Year of the Dragon

    19 Mar 2024 (Tues)
    21 Mar 2024 (Thurs)

    Cunning climbers: How vines attract pollinators in the forest canopy

    25/4/2024 (Thur)
    26/4/2024 (Fri)

    Unveiling the secrets of Hong Kong's native trees: The journey of native tree restoration
    Unveiling the secrets of Hong Kong's native trees: Incense Tree stories

    23/5/2024 (Thur)

    24/5/2024 (Fri)

    Beauty and structure - A closer look at floral morphology: Understanding botanical relationships using ‘floral formulas’
    Beauty and structure - A closer look at floral morphology: Colourful native plants - Selecting wild plants for gardens

  2. Target Group
    All welcome.

  3. Language
    Cantonese or English/Mandarin with Cantonese interpretation.

  4. Application
    Pre-register online on the KFBG website by 5:00pm the day before the scheduled session or sign up on the day at the Plant Encounters Registration Counter near the main visitor Reception if vacancies are still available.
    21 June 2024 First Session 10:00 – 10:45
    21 June 2024 Second Session 15:30 – 16:15
    28 June 2024 First Session 10:00 – 10:45
    28 June 2024 Second Session 15:30 – 16:15
  5. Remarks
    a. Participants will be guided along one or more of KFBG’s narrow trails in the Lower Hillside area, some of which have uneven surfaces, steps and slopes. Applicants should assess their own physical/health condition before applying. Also, please wear appropriate shoes.
    b. Plant Encounters may be cancelled at short notice in the event of severe weather warnings (e.g. Typhoon Signal no.3 or above, Red or Black Rainstorm Warning). Please check our website or confirm with our staff at Reception about the programme schedule before your visit.
    c. In the event of heavy rain (including Amber Rainstorm Warning), an indoor session will be offered instead. 
    d. Payment is not refundable unless the event is cancelled due to severe weather warnings.

  6. Fee


    Fee (HKD)

    Aged 12 and above


    Aged 4 to 11


    Aged below 4

    Free of Charge

    a. The price does not include KFBG admission fee. 
    b. Income will be used to support KFBG's plant conservation work.

  7. Enquiry

    For more information, please visit our Facebook or Instagram page for updates. Please contact Fiona Lo at 2483 7226 during office hours (Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) or email to for any event-related enquiries.