Monday, Sep 1, 2014Monday, Sep 1, 2014
Home & Garden
 
The show gardens have been primped, the flower installations misted and the carnival- themed props set up - all ready to welcome visitors today for the start of the Singapore Garden Festival.
A British landscaping duo and an American garden designer have won the top prizes at the Singapore Garden Festival.
After a day of exploring Singapore, Italian design maestro Mario Bellini is in awe. But it is not the new architecture or the glittering skyline that impresses him. The 79-year-old, regarded as one of the best architect-designers of his time, is enamoured of older buildings and the preservation of green pockets in the city.
Orchids are not hard to grow, if you know how to do it right. Life! asks orchid hobbyist Stanley Ang, who is a member of the Orchid Society of South-east Asia (Ossea), to share his tips.
Some orchids, notoriously finicky plants to grow in Singapore's tropical weather, can be a source of frustration for those who try to breed them.
Community gardeners here have long been enjoying the fruits of their labour and the green pockets they created in their backyards. Sustaining these gardens near their homes, offices and schools on their own time and expense, these amateur gardeners have impressed the professionals.
Japanese lifestyle store Tokyu Hands Inc, known in Japan as the go-to store for quirky homeware products and do-it-yourself items, is headed to Singapore.
Since the new Jurong Eco-Garden opened last Sunday, it has drawn a steady stream of visitors, such as parents with their children, senior citizens and bird watchers, eager to explore its freshwater swamp, streams and walking trails.