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Singapore Garden Festival to Return in July with New Offerings to the Public

27 Mar 2012

Massive Land Art Project Brings Community Together To Create Special Festival Display at Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore, 27 March 2012 - The much-anticipated Asia's best garden and flower show returns to Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre from 7 to 15 July 2012. The biennial Festival's fourth run will continue to bring together top award-winning garden and floral designers from around the world, under one roof, as well as introduce new gardening elements to excite an anticipated 300,000 visitors from Singapore and overseas alike.

One such element is the introduction of the land art movement to Singapore. This movement first emerged in the United States in the late 1960s and integrates landscape and art. It is an art form that is created in nature using natural materials such as soil, rocks, dried leaves and twigs.

Some 250 Singaporeans and residents from schools and community groups came together over the past eight days to create a 70m by 22m land art display themed "Beginnings". Over 30 tonnes of pruned branches, dried fruits and leaves were gathered from gardens and parks around Singapore for the past month to create this display.

Dr Nigel Taylor, Director, Singapore Botanic Gardens, said: "With sustainability becoming a crucial part of our lives, we felt that land art was an interesting way for us to help drive that message across as we optimise use of natural gifts we get from mother nature. Each of us has a role to play in the conservation of the environment and can also contribute to the evolution of Singapore as a City in a Garden. The Festival is one such testimony that reiterates Singapore's mission to create the best living environment through greenery and recreation, in partnership with the community."

Some of the materials used in this Land Art installation will be recycled to create another Land Art piece at the Festival.

More Gardening Ideas for the Public

Some of the new highlights for this year's Festival include the introduction of a Balcony Gardens competition which will feature colourful and inspirational displays helmed by local designers for small-home and apartment owners. Visitors can expect to see how these designers transform balconies into a soothing retreat for oneself. SGF will also present a new non-competitive Floral Table Series which is a visual treat to a variety of ways on how one can transform their table floral arrangements for a special occasion or to host a dinner party in their homes.

Dr Taylor added: "With a majority of Singaporean residents living in high-rise apartments, we believe that the new Balcony Gardens competition will be very relevant to the visitors as they get more useful ideas on how they can decorate their balconies. The Floral Tables Series is also another practical element which will also provide visitors with more inspiration on how to create a decorative floral piece for that special function in their homes."

Gardening Luminaries

75 percent of the designers are making their debut appearance at the Festival. These include multi-award winning designers such as Andrew Seccull (Australia), Danny Kamo and Andy Ellis (New Zealand), Joe Palimeno (US), Koji Ninomiya (Japan), Paul Martin (Ireland), Philippe Niez (France), Sarah Eberle (UK), and Wang Xiangrong (China). These new designers will bring with them different creative energies to the show. Renowned designers who participated in previous installments of the Festival including Andy Sturgeon (UK), John Cullen (US), Robert Boltman and Alex Bartlett (Canada) will also be returning to compete at the Festival. Local participating designers also include SGF 2010's Best of Show Landscape Garden winner John Tan and Best of Show Fantasy Garden winner Damian Tang.

More names such as designers participating at the Floral Windows to the World competition and the new Balcony Gardens competition will be revealed in the lead-up to the Festival. 

Popular Highlights To Return

  • Best of Show Landscape and Fantasy Gardens featuring 10m by 10m creations by top award-winning gardening luminaries from around the world. This year's Festival will feature gardening luminaries from countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Japan, United Kingdom and United States. 
  • Gardener's Cup showcasing five unique gardens conceptualised, designed and set up by our Community in Bloom (CIB) groups. 
  • Floral Windows to the World featuring colourful and vibrant cut-flower displays and floral masterpieces with stunning set design and lighting by floral designers from around the world. This year's Festival will feature master floral artists from countries such as Australia, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Korea, and the Netherlands.  
  • Singapore Orchid Show showcasing Southeast Asia's rich and diverse heritage of orchids with a dazzling display of the most diverse botanical family in the international floriculture industry.
  • Garden Fiesta offering educational, recreational and entertainment activities catering to the public, families, serious gardeners as well as hobbyists.
  • Vibrant MarketPlace offers a wide array of plants, gardening and landscape products and services, and arts and crafts for sale under one roof.

Ticketing Details

Tickets are available online at from 2 April 2012. 

Ticket sales at the Singapore Botanic Gardens start on 1 May 2012:

  • The Garden Shop at Visitor Centre on 1 May - 15 July
  • The Library Shop at Botany Centre, Library of Botany and Horticulture on 1 May - 6 July 


Ticket Price*


Weekday (Mon to Fri)

Weekend (Sat to Sun)

Adult Ticket



Concession Ticket (Child, Student, Senior Citizen)



Family Ticket (2 Adults and 3 Children)



* 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).

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