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2015.10.8
Autumn –Season of Harvest and Cultivation

As a new group that engages HKUST students, staff and faculty with closer connection with nature, the HKUST Gardening Club is connecting members – now around a hundred of them – to enjoy gardening and beautify our campus.

To celebrate the start of new academic year, we had our fourth planting event in the LG7 orchard few weeks ago. As we have already planted five lemon, two kumquat, two guava and six pineapple saplings in the past months, most saplings are now bearing flowers and fruits, bringing much vigor and vitality to the campus. During the last event, 14 members joined us to plant five more papaya saplings in our beautiful orchard. We also weeded the orchard and put up fences around the lemon trees, which have thorns on the trunks and twigs. Everyone was sweating, but with satisfaction.

LI Han, a year-two student majoring in biochemistry was one of the passionate gardeners joining us. He does not see himself as a bookworm. Not only planning to minor in physics and mathematics, he also enjoys music, calligraphy, and of course gardening. He started growing plants in his childhood. It is the subtle change and growth of each plant that delights him and harvest brings him a sense of accomplishment. He believes that there’s a world of wonder inside a flower with remarkable vitality. The Gardening Club enables him to work in an open area rather than a flowerpot, and he enjoys getting acquainted with students and faculty members who share his same interest.

Staff are our active members in the club as well. Kenneth works in the safety department for the SANI process project in Sha Tin sewage treatment works. With great interest in gardening, he drove all the way from his home in Tuen Mun to join us on campus as he was off duty on planting day. It was the second time we met Kenneth and he shared with us good advice on how to use shovel properly to protect our spine and back muscles. We’re so glad to have a safety person guiding us!

Kenneth told us that gardening helps him relax and gives him the chance to exercise. He hopes that the gardening club will organize more activities outside planting work, even a party in the orchard would be wonderful.

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the gardening club! We’ll grow into a vibrant community full of fun with your participation!

You are welcome to join us even you have no gardening experience! There will be trainings to equip you with required skills. You may also help us with other areas, such as organizing and promoting events such as talks, nursery garden tours and discovering more species around us.
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Li Han (2nd from the left) believes that there’s a world of wonder inside a flower with remarkable vitality.
Members joined us to plant five more papaya saplings in our beautiful orchard.
Kenneth told us that gardening helps him relax and gives him the chance to exercise.

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