Thursday, December 18, 2008

ISA HK/China --- Absence of SM and DSM for CSGF 2008

Dear Station Members,

Please kindly be reminded that the Station Manager & Deputy Station Managers will be absent from HK from Dec 25 - 28, 2008, to attend the Inaugural China Southern Green Fair (CSGF, ) in Guzhen Town, Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China. For any matter dealing with ISA HK/China, please kindly try to contact them outside this period as communication in CSGF may not be as comfortable as in HK. The mobile no. (+852-9090-6719) of the Station Manger will roam into China & it will be up to the signal there for connection. E-mail is always a challenge in China & please do not be surprised for any black-out throughout.

ISA HK/China has actually greater expectation in CSGF rather than IPM, since CSGF will be attended by the greenery industry of Southern China, which is the intended starting point of our Station due to logistics. ISA HK/China has seen organizations rushing to capital cities like Beijing & Shanghai's to introduce themselves, thinking that by getting to the top, their influence will spread below. The Station Manger has business dealing in China for the past 28 years & has seen various groups wasting resources & manpower for little gain. Since ISA HK/China is run by volunteers without pay but with only enthusiasm & contribution, we do not have extras to give away. Every bullet must hit the target without waste.

Many groups knocking on China's door may not appreciate that the Land of Old Dragons is not full of intellectuals practicing western ideas in their acceptance of anything new. +80 percent of the China population are still peasants. Peasants have to be guided in their own way & in their own language. ISA HK/China has acknowledged the history of political development in recent China & has decided to follow their success rather than forcing dogmatic western approach at once. We shall induce them with a mixture of ISA knowledge, morals, research & traditional Chinese culture to be flushed down with splendid eloquence. We shall see whether this strategy would work or not very soon. If not, we are always flexible & morphological.

Our success in IPM has given us much encouragement in introducing ourselves at the CSGF this time. CSGF has also given us more support by having more seminars & demonstrations than IPM which is primarily a Plant Show. We shall reciprocate their kindness by putting up an even better performance to gain future support & partnership. We always have vision far & beyond.

Looking forward to bringing good news from CSGF to all of you after next week.

We are determined to spread ISA into China like coca-cola, one tree at a time.

best regards,

Sammy Au

Station Manager

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

ISA HK/China --- CSGF seminar and demonstration invitation


国际树木学会 ( 属下的 中国地区分会 ( 将会于 12月27日 9 - 12时 在 中国(中山)南方绿化苗木博览会 ( 里 举办 '国际绿化树木规格' ,'国际标准的树木种植方法' 和 '国际标准的树木修剪方法' 三套讲座,又会于 当天下午2 - 5时 在 '古镇文化公园' 里 表演 '国际标准的树木攀爬方法' 一场。另、12月28日早上将会表演 '12米高大树流缆修剪及整株移除方法'。

所有演出,在国内尚属首次,全部由本会 '树艺师''攀树师' 义务进行,志在推广本会服务。恭请贵方光临指导,不胜荣幸!


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Monday, December 15, 2008

ISA HK/China --- China Tree News (Liriodendron spp)

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Dear Station Members,

Attached is a research article by a Mainland Chinese University published in national newspaper regarding their findings on adopting Liriodendron cultivars in China landscape.

Liriodendron has been thought to be a landscaping tree only suitable for growing in northern China for years already. However, ETF has taken trial production for the indigenous Liriodendron chinensis since 2006 & has found the L. chinensis growing without difficulties in Guangdong climate so far from seeds. Pictures of the L. chinensis in ETF are attached for general reference.

L. chinensis naturally grows with a Central Leader, & would maintain a +60% Live Crown Ratio if not disturbed. It has been found to be a rather slow growing tree in ETF despite overseas reports, & would grow two times a year in spring & autumn primarily. It has been found to be relatively pest resistant & responded well to PHC treatment. The tree would naturally develop into Tear Drop Shape which is the best shape for wind resistance if Structural Pruning can be provided.

Liriodendron species has hardly been promoted in HK landscape like many other indigenous Chinese species which are now undergoing discovery by the Chinese landscapers one by one. China has always maintained a pragmatic approach in choosing their Urban Trees since their Landscape Bureau would need to care for their trees from cradle to grave. Their Landscape Engineers also appear to take an attitude in their Street Tree Selection by not going for 'flowering' & 'scent' alone. However, they equally face the problem of having limited space in Tree Installation which appears to be a universal challenge in our cities.

L. chinensis has a unique leaf shape like a traditional Chinese costume. In fact, that's how it gets its name over the years. It would be good to see this new species to go on trial in HK some time for enrichment in our local Tree Selection.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

"Trees are good for the community. Trees need care like human beings. Arborists are the Tree Care Professionals."