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Intriguing large and small bonsais wow visitors at Singapore Garden Festival

Published 23 Jul 2018

Singapore, 23 July 2018 – The Penjing & Artistic Stone Exhibition and Competition, held in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival, is back to wow visitors with works of living art. On display are a range of award winning bonsais, artistic stones, landscaping on tray and antique bonsai pots.


Chamaecyparis obtuse

Hibiscu tiliaceus

From left: Gold in the Medium Bonsai Category (Chamaecyparis obtuse, also known as Hinoki cypress); and Gold in the Small Bonsai Category (Hibiscu tiliaceus)


A popular highlight of the exhibition is tiny “calligraphy bonsais” by Mr Lim Kuay Huat (林快发), 77. While it’s a non-competitive category, Mr Lim has been surprising visitors with these tiny bonsais sporting Chinese characters, some the size of a one-dollar coin and the smallest being no larger than a fingernail.

Calligraphy bonsais

Calligraphy bonsais by Mr Lim Kuay Huat


These “calligraphy bonsais” are created with the plant Wrightia religiosa, and each took Mr Lim over six months to create. The smallest one sports the Chinese character for joy ().


Visit Singapore Garden Festival from today till Friday, 3 August 2018, to view these exhibits and more. 


You may download photos of various displays here. Please do credit the photos to “Singapore Garden Festival 2018”.


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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 Biophilic 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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