Garden In The Sky, Kadoorie Farm And Botanic Garden

Photographer and Author: Edward Stokes
Translator: Jennifer Chan
Publisher: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (HK), 2002
Format: Bilingual hardback, 255mm x 280mm, 148pp.
Photos: Colour
ISBN: 962-86187-0-9

 

Kadooorie Farm and Botanic Garden is situated in Hong Kong’s central New Territories. It nestles beneath Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain. Found in its deep-set valley are streams, woodland and terraces – together with conservation and education facilities.

Kadoorie Farm was established in the 1950s, to give agricultural aid to farmers. Today, reflecting the changed times, its mission is to promote the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Garden In The Sky explores Kadoorie Farm’s superb natural setting and its conservation programmes. The photographs, taken over a year, reveal the Farm’s natural beauty and its seasonal changes.

Lemon yellow, a magnificent Acacia tree leans out across the lower valley. It is late April. Spring and summer flowerings colour the Farm. As the beauty of the Acacia fades, gorgeous orange-red Flame of the Forests start to blaze.

One of the pleasures of photographing Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden was its varied topography and micro climates. Under various different – and often rapidly changing weather – shooting could be focussed on the best location at the time.

Kadoorie Farm owes its development to numerous individuals. Most important was its principal founder and visionary, Horace (later Sir Horace) Kadoorie. His appreciation of nature and life is reflected in the maze of wonderful paths, pavilions and picnic spots across the Farm. He was ably and generously assisted by his brother, Lawrence (later Lord Lawrence) Kadoorie. The two brothers died in the 1990s. By then the greening of the once barren valley was complete. Kadoorie Farm, because of its woodland regeneration, is now a sanctuary for the fauna inhabiting the massif around Tai Mo Shan.

‘I hope this book gives you, the reader, a tangible way to hold on to the magic that you may have experienced at the Farm. Or if you have yet to visit, I hope this book will encourage you to do so.’
Andrew McAulay, the Chairman of KFBG, is the grand nephew of Sir Horace Kadoorie