Inaugural Singapore Garden Festival Gathers World's Top Garden and Floral Designers Under One Roof
15 Dec 2006
15 December 2006
Theinaugural Singapore Garden Festival (SGF), the first garden show in the world to bring together the creations of top award-winning international garden and floral designers from 14 countries under one roof, opens its doors today.
The Festival, occupying 2.3 hectares at Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre, will take place from 16 - 25 December 2006 and is expected to draw 200,000 visitors from Singapore and around the world.
The 10-day event, which took two years to plan, will feature over 30 garden and floral displays, including 19 show gardens and 14 floral displays specially created for Singapore by award-winning designers from world renowned shows such as the Chelsea Flower Show (United Kingdom), the Philadelphia Flower Show, Floriade (Netherlands) and the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, to name but a few.
Over 150,000 tropical and temperate plants are used for the displays, including blooms never before seen in Singapore and special plants, trees and orchids brought in by garden designers, floral artists and exhibitors from around the world to be unveiled for the first time during the event.
Mr Ng Lang, NParks Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said, ?SGF promises to be a truly unique experience in many ways. No other garden or flower show in the world has as wide a geographical representation of top talent within a single event. Our all-stars cast of international gardening luminaries will provide the finest displays of horticultural excellence and inspiration from around the world. The Festival will add a fresh dimension to our Garden City with its use of plants in design and as an art form.?
? Best of Show Gardens comprise two categories of gardens, namely, Landscape Gardens which showcase good horticultural design principles and skills, planting concepts and outstanding plants; and Fantasy Gardens which creatively combine plants, flowers, stage lighting and props for a ?wow? effect. The Festival will showcase nine Fantasy Gardens and 10 Landscape Gardens designed and created by local and international designers from the United Kingdom (UK), the United States of America (USA), France, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan, China and the Southeast Asian countries;
? Floral Windows of the World feature colourful and vibrant cut flower displays and floral masterpieces with set design and lighting created by 14 international and local award-winning master floral artists;
? The annual Singapore Orchid Show organised by the Orchid Society of Southeast Asia (OSSEA) and the National Parks Board (NParks) is now incorporated into SGF as a highlight. The Orchid Show presents Southeast Asia?s rich biodiversity of tropical orchids, and is a preview to what visitors can expect when Singapore hosts the prestigious World Orchard Conference in 2011;
? Garden Marketplace, with over 100 specialty stalls offering horticultural and gardening-related products and services representing every aspect of the floristry, nursery, horticultural and landscape industries, will cater to the public, serious gardeners and hobbyists;
? Educational, recreational and entertainment activities, including gardening talks and demonstrations by local gardening gurus and international designers, activities for children, and special displays and activities from NParks? partners such as the Clarin?s Garden of Beauty, a collection of nature inspired photos taken by businessman and avid photographer Kwek Leng Joo, and a plant clinic by the Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA)
? City in a Garden is a collection of special exhibits and displays showcasing Singapore?s concerted greening efforts to nurture a culture of gardening over the years. Highlights include HortPark, a new one-stop lifestyle hub offering gardening-related recreational and educational activities under one roof; Community in Bloom (CIB) outreach initiatives to promote community gardening and encourage Singaporeans to grow their favourite plants and flowers at home, at school and at their workplace; Memories of a Garden City photo competition, which has drawn 1,500 entries so far from Singaporeans sharing pictures and thoughts on their favourite green spot, flora and fauna, and other aspects of Singapore as a green city;
? The People?s Choice Award invites the public to vote for their favourite garden displays through SMS
Competitions and Awards
Various awards will be handed out by distinguished international judges as a mark of excellence. President Nathan will present the Best of Show awards for the best displays in Landscape Gardens, Fantasy Gardens and Floral Windows to the World at the exclusive Awards Gala which kicks off the Festival on the evening of 15 December.
Other prizes and accolades handed out during the Festival include the illustrious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Horticultural Award of Excellence for the best display that showcases horticulture excellence, the Floral Designer Society of Singapore (FDSS) Cup and various Orchid Heritage Challenge Cups which are handed down from past winners over the years.
Awards will be presented at the following competitions:
? Singapore Orchid Show -Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan will present prizes for the best orchid displays by professional orchid growers and enthusiasts. The World Orchid Conference (WOC) Trustees, who will gather in Singapore to hold their annual WOC Trustees Meeting, will judge at the Singapore Orchid Show;
? Floral Designer Society of Singapore (FDSS) Floral Arrangement Competition - Minister of State for National Development Ms Grace Fu will present prizes for FDSS? annual floral arrangement competition which showcases the creative flair and artistry of local amateur and professional floral designers;
? Inter-School Free-Style Floral Art Competition - Minister of State for Education Lui Tuck Yew will present prizes to students from primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions participating in the inter-school competition organised by Nanyang Primary School to promote interest and appreciation of flowers and plants amongst the younger generation
Mr Ng said, ?The Festival will further reinforce Singapore?s reputation as a City in a Garden to the world. With SGF and other key NParks initiatives, such as the new HortPark and iconic Gardens by the Bay, we are stepping up our efforts to boost Singapore?s international standing as a centre of horticultural excellence and to make the joys and rewards of gardening accessible to everyone. SGF will also add buzz to Singapore, bringing us a step closer to our vision to be a vibrant global city.?
SGF is a biennial event and will eventually find its permanent home at the new Gardens by the Bay in 2010. The Festival is organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) and its key partners, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the Orchid Society of Southeast Asia (OSSEA). For more information, visit www.singaporegardenfestival.com.