A hot favourite among horticulturalists, the Singapore Garden Festival has featured some 250,000 tropical and temperate plants over the years. It also held talks by various landscape and floral designers, gardening experts and orchid cultivators. Other activities conducted at the exhibition include floral-arrangement demonstrations, a kids-activity corner, cooking demonstrations and other floral-design competitions.
This year, the biennial festival’s fourth run returns to Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre from 7 July to 15 July. Spread over 2 hectares, visitors can expect a spectacular show of colour and creativity as award-winning designers from the world over showcase their stunning garden creations.
Look out for some new gardening highlights for this year's festival, such as a Balcony Garden competition, which will feature inspirational displays helmed by local designers for small-home and apartment owners, and a non-competitive Floral Table Series, which is in partnership with leading Singapore hotels. The series will showcase a variety of ways on how one can transform their table floral arrangements to create a decorative floral piece for that special function in their homes. With a majority of Singaporeans living in high-rise apartments, the Balcony Gardens competition will also provide important sources of inspiration on how they can decorate their balconies into a soothing retreat in their homes.
Artist: Ng Sek San (Malaysia)
One other new feature to this year's festival is the introduction of the Land Art movement, an art form created in nature using natural materials such as soil, rocks, dried leaves and twigs. Some 250 Singaporeans and residents from schools and community groups have gathered together to create a 70m by 22m land art display themed “Beginnings”. Over 30 tonnes of pruned branches, dried fruits and leaves were gathered from gardens and parks around Singapore to create this display, which took 8 days to complete.
Young gardeners in action
This year's Land Art exhibit at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, titled 'Beginnings'.
Over 75 percent of the designers are set to make their debut appearance at the festival. These include multi-award winning designers such as Andrew Seccull (Australia), Danny Kamo and Andy Ellis (New Zealand), Joe Palimeno (US), Koji Ninomiya (Japan), Paul Martin (Ireland), Philippe Niez (France), Sarah Eberle (UK), and Wang Xiangrong (China). These new designers will bring with them different creative energies to the show. Renowned designers who participated in previous installments of the Festival including Andy Sturgeon (UK), JohnCullen (US), Robert Boltman and Alex Bartlett (Canada) will also be returning to compete at the Festival. Local participating designers also include SGF 2010’s Best of Show Landscape Garden winner John Tan and Best of Show Fantasy Garden winner Damian Tang.
'The last Australian Garden' by Rick Eckersley, one of the themed gardens in 2010's festival.
Popular highlights like the Best of Show Landscape and Fantasy Gardens, Gardener's Cup, Floral Windows to the World, Garden Fiesta, Vibrant Market Place and the Singapore Orchid Show will be making a comeback as well. Be inspired by the intricate garden of Asia's finest orchids and floral displays, gain some insight into the world of gardening, or simply sit back and enjoy a wonderful line up of activities for the whole family!
Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593
Date & Time:
7 - 15 July 2012 (Daily from 10am to 10pm)
Ticket sales at the Singapore Botanic Gardens start on 1 May 2012:
- The Garden Shop at Visitor Centre on 1 May – 15 July
- The Library Shop at Botany Centre, Library of Botany and Horticulture on 1 May – 6 July
|Weekday (Mon to Fri)||Weekend (Sat to Sun)|
|Concession Ticket (Child, Student, Senior Citizen)||S$5||S$8|
|Family Ticket (2 Adults and 3 Children)||S$20||S$38|
Tickets are now available online at www.singaporegardenfestival.com from 2 April 2012.