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Singapore Garden Festival presents community efforts to co-create our City in a Garden

Published 21 Jul 2018

Singapore, 21 July 2018 – Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) unveiled its seventh edition today, welcoming visitors to an extensive showcase of horticulture and floral artistry from 21 July to 3 August 2018. Jointly organised by National Parks Board (NParks) and Gardens by the Bay, the Festival was officially opened by Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development. At this morning’s activities, he lauded the efforts of the community by presenting awards to winners of the Gardeners’ Cup and Community Garden Edibles Competition. 

 

Dennis Lim, Director (Festival, Events & Exhibitions), NParks, said, “Singapore would not be a City in a Garden without partnership from the community. This is why the community is central to SGF which not only showcases the works of internationally acclaimed floral and garden designers, but always brings to light the talents of our community gardeners. We are heartened that there is a strong showing from our community gardeners again this year.”

 

New record for heaviest wintermelon at Community Garden Edibles Competition 2018

 

Returning for a fourth edition since 2015, the 2018 Community Garden Edibles Competition yielded its heaviest wintermelon and the longest edible seen thus far – the snake gourd. These were selected from a pool of 436 entries submitted by gardening enthusiasts across all 12 categories who either used seeds provided by NParks or sourced for their own. Submissions were assessed based on size, condition and colour.

 

At 33.82kg, the heaviest wintermelon far outweighed last year’s record of 25.01kg. The snake gourd, which was not a category in 2017, achieved a grand length of 192cm. The top three edibles from each category are on display at the Home Garden tent at the Supertree Grove.

 

 

Length of winning edible

 

 

Weight of winning edible

Brinjal

43.5cm

 

Papaya

3.06kg

Chilli

32cm

 

Pumpkin

5.56kg

Cucumber

54.2cm

 

Radish

1.05kg

Lady’s finger

48.5cm

 

Tomato

0.24kg

Long bean

128cm

 

Watermelon

1.28kg

Snake gourd

192cm

 

Wintermelon

33.82kg

 

 

South West District emerged as champions of Gardeners’ Cup

 

After eight months of intensive preparation which included designing their displays, growing plants and preparing props, South West District has emerged as the champion for this year’s Gardeners’ Cup. Held every two years in conjunction with the main SGF show, the friendly competition brings together over 60 community gardening groups under the NParks Community in Bloom (CIB) programme, giving participants an opportunity to showcase their horticulture and creative talents at a premier international garden and flower show. 

 

This year, to further bolster the rising calibre of community gardeners, each district group has been paired with a landscape implementing partner. This effort is aimed at connecting industry partners with local hobbyists to share horticultural knowledge and increase planting palettes, as well as provide a platform for wider participation by landscape companies at the Festival.  

 

In line with the Festival’s theme “World of Colours!”, the five show gardens feature brilliant blooms and plants from the Dogbane (Apocynaceae), Hibiscus (Malvaceae), Coffee (Rubiaceae) and Rose (Rosaceae) families, as well as the Ginger order (Zingiberales). The champion show garden from South West District, titled “Waves of Wonder”, features plants from the Apocynaceae family including epiphytes and climbers, succulents, as well as herbaceous and woody shrubs, arranged by colour (pink, yellow, white and green). Visitors can also expect to be wowed by a Hawaiian-themed garden showcasing more than 20 Hibiscus species and cultivars, as well as a garden inspired by the Coffee and Noni plants. These gardens will be on display at the Supertree Grove throughout the duration of SGF. 

 

In addition to these show gardens and produce grown by the community, visitors and gardening enthusiasts can also draw inspiration from Festival highlights such as the Secret Garden of Edibles and Home Garden. 

 

Bringing to life elements from the storybook “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the Secret Garden of Edibles will take visitors through the themes of rejuvenation and adventure with a flavourful twist. This display will feature more than 50 species of edibles, including a collection of citrus fruits (e.g., lemon, lime and pomelo), a variety of cherries, unique tomato cultivars, fragrant herbs as well as espaliers like persimmon and coffee. Visitors can also see plants usually grown in temperate climates such as grapes, apple, pear and lavender.   

 

At the Home Garden, visitors can be inspired by creative ideas that harmonise greenery with the functionality of a modern Singaporean home. Stroll through the open concept living room, kitchen, dining room and bedroom displays and pick up tips on how to incorporate plants into your home, including solutions for growing edibles in small spaces with low light conditions. 

 

For more information about SGF, please visit www.singaporegardenfestival.comor Facebook page www.facebook.com/SGGardenFest

 

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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.

 

For more information on SGF 2018, log onto 

www.singaporegardenfestival.com andwww.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 Biophilic City in a Garden.

 

For more information, visit www.nparks.gov.sgand 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

 

 


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