Singapore Garden Festival to return with inaugural Horticulture Show in April 2019
Published 03 Aug 2018
Singapore, 3 August 2018 – Following the well-received Singapore Garden Festival 2018 (SGF) which ends today, visitors can look forward to the SGF Horticulture Show in April 2019 and the SGF Orchid Show later in the year.
Before its closing hour, the seventh edition of Asia’s premier tropical floral and garden show has received more than 600,000 local and international visitors, a record number for the Festival.
A showcase of horticultural excellence
Organised by the National Parks Board (NParks), the inaugural SGF Horticulture Show will take place from 27 April to 5 May 2019 at the upcoming Jurong Lake Gardens (JLG) West. The nine-day show will be a showcase of horticultural excellence and will comprise a mix of landscape and plant exhibits, competitions, retail and workshops.
Having received a strong positive response for orchid plant competitions, NParks will introduce a new Horticultural Plant Competition for plant enthusiasts and growers alike to showcase their horticulture skills. Sporting eight categories, hobbyists and growers can bring their foliage plants, gesneriads, bromeliads, succulents, carnivorous plants, ferns, flowering plants and edibles to compete for medals and trophies.
“We have seen a growing interest in gardening – through the increase in Community in Bloom gardens, and overall visitorship to our parks and events. We see more people keen on creating their own mini gardens, balcony gardens or getting involved in community gardening in their neighbourhoods, and felt that it is timely for a national horticulture show with competitions that celebrate the fruits of their labour,” said Mr Ng Cheow Kheng, Group Director, Horticulture and Community Gardening, NParks.
In addition, the preliminary selection round for the biennial Floral Windows to the World competition will now take place at the SGF Horticulture Show. This will provide floral designers in Singapore with more preparation time leading up to the competition. At SGF 2018, three representatives from Singapore were picked from a live competition held about four months prior to the Festival to compete against other award winning floral designers from around the world. One participant, Mr Richard Mock, was awarded a silver medal for his display titled “Irisation”.
More details about the various competitions and displays for Singapore Horticulture Show will be made available on www.singaporegardenfestival.com from end September 2018.
A tropical rainforest garden at SGF 2018
Organised by NParks and Gardens by the Bay, SGF 2018 wasconceptualised as a tropical rainforest garden with pockets of gardens and displays filled with plants and flowers of varied colours in line with the Festival’s overall theme, “World of Colours!”.
The floral wonderland featured 73 displays put together by 40 internationally and locally acclaimed floral and garden designers, as well as community gardeners, amateur and student designers, bonsai enthusiasts and NParks talents.
Amongst these was “The Wild and the Restless” by Inch Lim from Malaysia, who clinched the Best of Show, Gold and Horticulture Excellence awards in the Landscape Gardens category. Inch had also won these awards at SGF 2016.
Leon Kluge from South Africa was another repeat winner. His Fantasy Garden titled “African Thunder” scored the highest amongst the Gold recipients to secure Best of Show, and also received the Horticulture Excellence award. In 2016, Leon won Gold and Best Outdoor Lighting for his Landscape Garden.
Amongst displays created by professional designers across various competitions, “A Tropical Parody” by Singapore’s Chang Huai-yan and Ng Sze Oun was voted by visitors for the People’s Choice Award. Separately, “Garden of Rosaceae: Our Enchanted Home” by community gardeners from the South East CDC received the Gardeners’ Choice Award. This was determined by visitors’ votes amongst displays in the friendly Gardeners’ Cup competition.
To create a seamless experience throughout the Festival grounds, NParks staff curated a number of non-competitive displays across The Meadow and Supertree Grove. Amongst these were The Mountains, Gothic Gate and Lost Forest that provide differentiated experiences for visitors coming through each SGF entrance; an ASEAN Garden that depicted the unity and strength of the regional bloc;as well as a Secret Garden of Edibles – a collection of fragrant and flowering edible plants from temperate and tropical regions.
Another non-competitive display at SGF 2018 was Orchid Extravaganza at Flower Dome, for which homegrown award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan headlined as the creative director.More than 14,000 orchids of over 120 varieties were showcased in a stunning arrangement conceptualised by the renowned Singaporean film director.
For more information about SGF, please visit www.singaporegardenfestival.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/SGGardenFest
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
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