The Singapore Garden Festival Returns for the Third Time
Singapore, 14 July 2010 – The Singapore Garden Festival returns from 15 to 22 July 2010 for the third time to charm visitors with dazzling show garden and floral displays. The event remains the only garden festival in the world to bring together award-winning gardening luminaries from all around the globe under one roof. The biennial event will occupy over two hectares of space on levels four and six of Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Over 300,000 visitors are expected over the eight-day Festival period.
This year's Festival will showcase 31 masterpieces by award-winning garden and floral designers from 17 countries, with countries such as Canada and Grenada making their debut appearance in Singapore. This includes seven fantasy show gardens, eight landscape show gardens and 16 Floral Windows to the World displays specially created by winners from world renowned floral and garden show such as the Chelsea Flower Show (United Kingdom), the Philadelphia Flower Show (United States), and the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (Australia). Singaporeans will be able to cheer on local designers such as Peter Cheok, Damian Tang, John Tan and R P Jickky.
Over 250,000 tropical and temperate plants are used for the displays at level six. This includes plants that are uncommon to Singapore such as temperate plants, trees and orchids specially brought in by the garden designers, floral artists and exhibitors from all around the world.
NParks CEO, Mr Ng Lang, observed: "Transforming Singapore into a City in a Garden requires the support and participation of the community. The biennial event is part of the National Parks Board's on-going efforts to get more people inspired and involved in greening efforts in Singapore. We have already seen our efforts reap rewards as our local implementing partners have benefited from working alongside world acclaimed designers. This year, the Festival will provide a platform for inspired community groups to showcase their green fingers in front of an international audience. Actively engaging with the community is the way forward to make greening a way of life for everyone, and the SGF has a big part to play in this."
- Best of Show Gardens (Level 6) is divided into two categories of gardens, 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 a total of 15 Show Gardens - seven fantasy show gardens and eight landscape show gardens. Each spanning 100 sqm, these are designed and created by award-winning designers from 11 countries - Australia, China, Canada, Grenada, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States;
- Floral Windows of the World (Level 6) showcases 16 colourful and vibrant cutflower displays with set design and lighting created by award-winning master floral artists. Designers of these floral masterpieces, each with a space of 50 sqm, hail from 10 countries - Australia, China, Germany, India, South Korea, Macau, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa and Vietnam;
- The Man Who Planted Trees (New, Level 6) a five-metre tall centerpiece that pays tribute to all individuals who have played a part in Singapore's greening journey. The Man was inspired by Jean Giono's eco-fable, The Man Who Planted Trees;
- Balcony Gardens Showcase (New, Level 6) offers high-rise home owners inspiration on how they can transform their balcony into a soothing retreat for oneself. Designed by renowned designers Ng Sek San (Malaysia) and Junichi Inada (Japan), this showcase will provide audiences with fascinating gardening ideas that could be incorporated in their balcony
- Festival Shop (Level 6) is a retail outlet where you can find SGF-related products, ranging from notepads, mouse pads, umbrellas, bookmarks etc. This year, specially-designed lifestyle products such as bed sheets and towel sets will also be made available at the Festival Shop;
- Education, entertainment and play (Levels 4 & 6), include gardening talks and demonstrations by local gardening gurus and international designers, activities for children as well as special displays and activities from NParks' partners.These include a Home Gardeners' Showcase put together by NParks to show the public how gardeners are sprucing up their homes with greenery in innovative ways, a photo exhibition entitled Web of 13 million by businessman and avid photographer Kwek Leng Joo
Competitions and Awards
Various accolades will be handed out by a distinguished panel of international judges for the Best of Show garden and Floral Windows to the World displays at Level 6. President S R Nathan will present the awards for the best displays in Landscape Gardens, Fantasy Gardens and Floral Windows to the World at the exclusive Awards Gala on the evening of 14 July. Implementing partners who lead on the construction of the designers' displays will also be recognised for their efforts.
Awards will also be presented at the following competitions:
- Floral Designer Society of Singapore (FDSS) Floral Arrangement
Competition - A "live" competition at the Festival that showcases the creative flair and artistry of local amateur and professional floral designers. Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Development, will present prizes for winners of this biennial floral arrangement competition on 15 July 2010;
- Community in Bloom (CIB) Awards & Gardeners' Cup - The Gardeners' Cup is a friendly and collaborative gardening challenge held in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) for the very first time. Twenty-seven of Singapore's best community gardening groups are given the opportunity to put together their own show gardens. Minister of State for National Development, Ms Grace Fu, will give away the prizes for the Gardeners' Cup as well as prizes for the recently concluded CIB competition on 16 July;
- Singapore Orchid Show - Minister for National Development, Mr. Mah Bow Tan, will present prizes for the best orchid displays by professional orchid growers and enthusiasts on 16 July 2010;
- Inter-school & Intra-school Floral Art Competition Prize Presentation - Organised by Nanyang Primary School to promote interest and appreciation of flowers and plants amongst the younger generation. This live competition sees the participation of students from primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions. Mrs Teo Chee Hean, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Teo Chee Hean, will present prizes to winners on 17 July 2010;
Tickets are available online at www.singaporegardenfestival.com and at the Singapore Botanic Gardens (Visitor Centre and Botany Centre from 8 am – 5.30 pm). A new eightday pass will be available to visitors this year, for those who wish to make multiple visits to the Festival.
Weekday (Mon to Fri) Weekend (Sat to Sun)
Adult Ticket S$8 S$12
Concession Ticket (Child, Student, Senior Citizen)
Family Ticket (2 Adults and 3 Children)
8-Day Pass S$25
*Free for children below 0.9m
The Festival is organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) and its key partners, the
Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), the Orchid Society of Southeast Asia (OSSEA),
Singapore Gardening Society and Singapore Tourism Board (STB).