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ITE College East students win Gold in the Landscape Design Challenge at Singapore Garden Festival 2018

Published 22 Jul 2018


Heart of the Forest 


“Heart of the Forest” by ITE College East wins Gold award in the Landscape Design Challenge at Singapore Garden Festival 2018 (team members from L-R: Muhammad Huzaifah, Bryan Lim and Dafina Ayuni)


Singapore, 22 July 2018 – Team “Guardians of the Forest” from ITE College East emerged as the winner of the Landscape Design Challenge held at the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF). The three students who are in the second year of their Nitec in Facility Technology (Landscaping services) course had created a display titled “Heart of the Forest”. This year’s competition attracted 12 teams comprising 36 students from Institutes of Higher Learning.


The Landscape Design Challenge highlights the professionalism needed in designing and building a landscaped area. It also aims to encourage more youths to consider a career in the landscape industry. By simulating a real work experience, students put classroom learning into practice and are challenged to stretch their creativity.


During the live competition spanning just four hours, the 12 teams of three turned 3-metre by 3-metre empty plots into gardens in line with the theme of “Kaleidoscope of Colours”. Aside from the final garden designs, the teams were also judged on plant selection, team work and project management.


The team’s display titled “Heart of the Forest” seeks to bring visitors on a journey closer to nature. The water flowing from the heart is the source of life supporting all living things in the forest, culminating into a kaleidoscope of colours from a wealth of tropical flora. With this display, the team hopes it will encourage visitors to slow down and enjoy the natural wonders of the rainforests in Singapore. For this, the Guardians of the Forest won $2,400 worth of vouchers.


 Retro FictionPandora's box

“Retro Fiction” by Singapore Polytechnic (Team “Chromatic”) and “Pandora’s Box” by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Team “Pandora”) win Silver and Bronze respectively


Second and third places were awarded to teams from Singapore Polytechnic and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, respectively.


Team “Chromatic” from Singapore Polytechnic named their display “Retro Fiction”, which is modelled after the psychedelic colours and crazy patterns of the Kaleidoscope. The three colours in the CRT TV would eventually make up a myriad of colours, blossoming into flowers representing the endless possibilities of the future.


“Pandora’s Box” by the team “Pandora” from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, plays with different dimensions, depths and colours to engage our imagination in bringing back the memory of the past and compare it with the present. The boxes’ structure characterises contemporary Singapore as a City in a Garden, with the coloured reflections signifying looking back into its past.


All competing gardens are currently on display at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, until 3 August (Friday) as part of SGF 2018.


For more information about SGF, please visit www.singaporegardenfestival.comor Facebook page




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Notes to the Editor


About Singapore Garden Festival 

The Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) is a series of flower and horticultural shows comprising the anchor Festival and two complementary events – the SGF Orchid Show and SGF Horticulture Show. The three shows give local and international visitors more opportunities to appreciate tropical horticulture and floral artistry every year.


The mainstay SGF is amongst the top flower and garden shows on the international calendar. It is the first show to bring together top international award-winning landscape and garden designers, florists and horticulturists from around the world who are invited to the Festival to work alongside Singapore's own talented horticulturists. Singapore's geographic location makes the Festival an ideal platform to showcase horticultural and gardening products and services from the northern and southern hemispheres, as well as from Asia and New World nations. In 2014, SGF became the first festival in Asia to clinch the prestigious International Garden Tourism – Achievement of The Year Award, awarded by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council as a part of the biennial Garden Tourism Conference.


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About National Parks Board 

National Parks Board (NParks) is responsible for providing and enhancing the greenery of our City in a Garden. Beyond building green infrastructure, NParks is actively engaging the community to enhance the quality of our living environment.


NParks manages 350 parks and 300 km of park connectors, 3,347 hectares of nature reserves and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. We also manage Pulau Ubin and the Sisters' Islands Marine Park. Adding to this is the extensive streetscape, or roadside greenery, that forms the backbone of our City in a Garden. The island-wide Park Connector Network is also being developed to link major parks, nature areas and residential estates.


As the lead agency on biodiversity conservation, NParks has developed an urban biodiversity conservation model, which aims to conserve representative eco-systems in land-scarce Singapore. NParks also monitors and coordinates measures to enhance the presence of biodiversity in our urban landscape.


NParks is working closely with partners in the landscape and horticulture industry to increase productivity and provide training for all levels of the workforce. Enhancing competencies of the industry will support Singapore’s vision of being a City in a Garden.


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About Gardens by the Bay

An integral part of Singapore’s “City in a Garden” vision, Gardens by the Bay spans a total of 101 hectares of prime land at the heart of Singapore’s new downtown – Marina Bay. Comprising three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central – Gardens by the Bay will be a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that will bring the world of plants to Singapore and present Singapore to the World. Bay South, the largest at 54 hectares, officially opened on 29 June 2012. 


Gardens by the Bay was started as a project by the National Parks Board. It has since grown to become an independent organisation responsible for developing and managing what will be Asia’s foremost garden destination. 


The Gardens has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award (Urban Category) in 2018, International Garden Tourism Leader Award in 2017, Top Local Attraction presented by Influential Brands in 2017, and the 2015 Guinness World Record for Largest Glass Greenhouse. It is the first garden in the world to receive the prestigious Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Themed Entertainment Association in 2014. For its sustainable design and practices, it was conferred the President’s Design Award in Singapore in 2013 and World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012.  


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