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As a movie lover, the start of the year is usually quite hectic because I am often trying to catch every award-worthy film to evaluate its quality before the Oscars rolls around in March. Football fans meanwhile have to wait four years, before they can shout themselves hoarse, cheering for their favourite international teams at the World Cup.

Luckily for gardeners and botany lovers, you had a shorter wait! The last Singapore Garden Festival was held in 2016, and returns for its 7th edition from 21 July to 3 August 2018 at Gardens By the Bay. After achieving recognition at home and overseas, this visual fiesta showcasing the best in tropical horticulture and flora artistry has now blossomed into three complementary shows.

This means you do not have to wait another two years – coming in 2019 is the SGF Horticulture Show which will take place in Jurong Lake Gardens! In this issue, discover what you can expect from this exciting Festival and take a peek into what goes on behind the scenes when we speak to someone directly managing the event.

Another highlight in 2018 is that Singapore’s National Flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim (Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim), turns 125 this year. To celebrate this occasion, we have 10 interesting facts about this beautiful orchid hybrid. We also have stories about mushrooms, bougainvillea and gingers, as well as community garden trails for you to explore.

And if you still cannot get enough of all things botany and gardening, check out the first of our two-part article called ‘
The A to Z of Plants and Greenery’ that brings you interesting snippets of information on common trees found in our gardens and parks, unique plant structures and other interesting botany-related facts.

The last issue of My Green Space came out three month ago. With so much packed into this new issue, I am sure the wait was well worth it!

Felix Siew

Editor Contributors

  • Felix Siew (Editorial Consultant)
  • Elizabeth Kamaldin

Conservation Consultant

  • Shin Koh

Gardening Consultant

  • Dr Wilson Wong


  • Jana Leong-Škorničková
  • Jessica Teo
  • Lea Wee
  • Lydia Chan
  • Natasha Kong
  • Tan Yin Qi
  • Wong Yeang Cherng