China: "Chongming flower growers add magic to 10th China Flower Expo"

Chongming Island, as the flower-growing hub of Shanghai, is the ideal site to host the ongoing 10th China Flower Expo, but it is local growers who bring color, variety, and floral magic to the event.

Among the local growers are island natives Shi Hao and his father, 65-year-old Shi Kesong.

Father and son operate a flower farm in the town of Xianghua, not far from the sprawling expo site. Their narcissus and those grown by other local farmers feature in several locations.

"Expo allows us to have a wider vision by seeing the results of other flower growers and suggesting ways we can improve our cultivation," said Shi Hao.

The floral exposition on the island ends on July 2. It encompasses 180 outdoor exhibition zones and 64 indoor areas.

The narcissus genus includes daffodils and jonquils. However, the Chongming varieties are among the more uncommon. They have double petals and a more intense fragrance.

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