Singapore Garden Festival blossoms into three signature garden and horticulture shows
Published 10 Mar 2018
More than 150 people gathered to set Guinness World Record for
world’s largest flower basket
Singapore, 10 March 2018 – Having achieved recognition at home and overseas for six editions, an expanded show format will be introduced for premier international garden and flower show Singapore Garden Festival (SGF). SGF will grow into three complementary flower and horticultural shows instead of only one main show. Offshoots of the anchor Festival, SGF Orchid Show and SGF Horticulture Show will comprise various popular SGF elements, allowing them to entertain visitors at individual platforms. With this expansion, Singaporeans will have more opportunities to appreciate tropical horticulture and floral artistry every year. The stable of three signature SGF shows was announced today at an event to launch the Festival, which returns in July this year.
The world’s largest flower basket is made from over 27,000 flowers. The 50 varieties of plants in the basket include perennial favourites like orchids that are popular as cut flowers (e.g. Dendrobium Lucian Pink, Dendrobium Sonia and Oncidium goldiana var. golden shower), heritage orchids (e.g. Aranthera Beatrice Ng and Aranda Noorah Alsagoff), Heliconias and Alpinias. More than 150 community gardeners, volunteers, and students, facilitated by National Parks Board (NParks) staff, gathered to set this new Guinness World Record over 12 days. Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, put the final touches to the display. The floral exhibit will be showcased at Takashimaya Square (Basement 2) until 11 March, and an ongoing series of free talks and demonstrations on orchids and floral design is being held from 9 to 11 March. (Please refer to Factsheet A for more details on the programmes.) Also on display through the weekend is an assortment of celebrity orchids including Dendrobium hybrids named after Amitabh Bachchan, Joseph Schooling, Stefanie Sun and Zhou Xun. This event was supported by Takashimaya Singapore Ltd as the venue sponsor, in conjunction with its 25th anniversary celebrations.
Shoppers also had the opportunity to watch local designers compete in the preliminary rounds of the Floral Windows to the World competition on 8 March. The top three finalists were announced this morning and will compete in SGF 2018 alongside international designers. (Please refer to Factsheet B for more details on the competition.)
Following this weekend’s activities, SGF roadshows will be held at HDB Hub at Toa Payoh (5 to 6 May, 30 June to 1 July), Orchard Road pedestrian mall (25 May to 29 July) and Northpoint City (1 to 10 June).
Public can look forward to SGF shows every year
With the expansion of SGF into three signature shows, local residents and international visitors can look forward to at least one floral extravaganza in Singapore every year.
A new addition is the SGF Orchid Show, a spinoff from the main show, organised in partnership with the Orchid Society of South East Asia. Floral enthusiasts can look forward to the inaugural show from 21 to 29 April this year, where orchid landscape displays and award-winning orchid plants will be showcased at the National Orchid Garden and other parts of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Talks, demonstrations and guided tours will also further acquaint visitors with this flower that is closely linked to Singapore’s identity, while a marketplace will feature a myriad of plant, gardening and landscape-related products for sale.
And starting in early 2019 is the SGF Horticulture Show, which will take place at Singapore’s upcoming national gardens in the heartlands, Jurong Lake Gardens. The nine-day biennial event will be an opportunity for local industry partners and students to showcase their expertise in areas like landscape design, horticulture skills such as growing and cultivating plants, and skyrise greenery. (Please refer to Factsheet C for more details on the three signature shows.)
Minister Lee said, “The Singapore Garden Festival, since its launch in 2006, has brought together gardening enthusiasts, industry professionals, local and international designers, and the community. Moving forward, we will grow the Festival into three signature shows. With this expanded format, there will be even more opportunities for the public to appreciate tropical horticulture and experience the wonders of plants through creative floral displays. We hope that this will inspire more individuals and organisations to join us in co-creating our biophilic City in a Garden.”
SGF 2018: A visual fiesta of the best in tropical horticulture and floral artistry by international and local talent.
This year, the mainstay SGF will return for its seventh edition from 21 July to 3 August. The 14-day show will bring together award-winning international designers and well-established local names, community gardeners and plant enthusiasts, to present the best of tropical horticulture and floral artistry spread across The Meadow, Supertree Grove and Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.
Returning to defend his “Best of Show” title from SGF 2016 is Inch Lim (Malaysia) who will again be participating in the Landscape Garden competition. Other returning SGF 2016 Gold medallists include Kagae Kazuhiro and Koga Katsuhiko (Japan; participating in Landscape Garden but won Gold at SGF 2016 Fantasy Garden competition), as well as Leon Kluge (South Africa; participating in Fantasy Garden competition but won Gold at SGF 2016 Landscape Garden competition).
Local designers include Chang Huai-yan and Ng Sze Oun (Landscape), founders of Salad Dressing which won the President’s Design Award in 2016; as well as John Tan, recipient of the Gold award at the Landscape Industry Association of Singapore (LIAS) Awards of Excellence 2017. Another notable local participant is Keith Lin, who won a Gold Medal for his floral arrangement at the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show. He will compete in the Floral Windows to the World competition alongside other local and international floral designers at SGF 2018.
Local talent will also be a highlight at the Balcony Gardens competition, which will provide practical ideas for Singaporeans living in high-rise apartments keen to explore balcony gardening designs.
Visitors can also look forward to a brand-new Orchid Extravaganza floral display in the Flower Dome, conceptualised by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Royston Tan, and newly added displays including the ASEAN Garden – a special feature to mark Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018 – and the Secret Garden of Edibles, where they can explore and enjoy a sensory experience with fruits and vegetables from temperate climates.
SGF is jointly organised by NParks and Gardens by the Bay. For more information, please visit www.singaporegardenfestival.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/SGGardenFest
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Notes to the Editor
About Singapore Garden Festival
Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) is a biennial event, positioned to be amongst the top flower and garden shows on the international calendar. SGF 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. For more information on SGF 2018, log onto www.singaporegardenfestival.com and www.facebook.com/SGGardenFest
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.
For more information, visit www.nparks.gov.sg and www.facebook.com/nparksbuzz.
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.
For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg