Singapore Garden Festival to be bigger and better

A floral chandelier hangs over the lobby during the launch for the biennial Singapore Garden Festival at Marina Square shopping centre in Singapore on April 1, 2016.
A floral chandelier hangs over the lobby during the launch for the biennial Singapore Garden Festival at Marina Square shopping centre in Singapore on April 1, 2016.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - In 2014, the biennial Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) moved out of its grounds at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, to a more open, natural location at Gardens by the Bay.

The sixth SGF will return there this year, aiming to let Singaporeans encounter an international variety of plants and garden designs.

It will run from July 23 to July 31 and organisers are promising a bigger and better show.

"We have taken in all the learning points, and expanded the showgrounds from five hectares in 2014, to 9.7 hectares in 2016," said Mr Dennis Lim, 43, show director for SGF.

One highlight of this year's SGF is the new Adopt-a-Plant initiative, which will make more than 8,000 plants available for adoption at various locations such as Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Visitors at this year's SGF will also get to witness the finals of the Floral Windows to the World Competition, and the Table-top Floral Display Competition, featuring both internationally acclaimed and local participants.

In the run up to SGF, a media briefing and launch were organised on Friday (April 1), where Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development, helped complete the world's largest floral chandelier - a Guinness World Record.

Made from over 60,000 flowers, the chandelier will be displayed at Marina Square Atrium until Sunday. Students, community gardeners, corporate volunteers and NParks staff also helped put it together.

"Although it is an easy activity, the children have learnt how to care for plants," said Nanyang Primary School principal Lee Hui Feng, 55. "If they can love nature, then they will also be able to let others share the joy of caring for the environment."

The Straits Times is the official media partner for this event, which will be held at Gardens by the Bay. Tickets go on sale from April 15.

On this year's SGF, Mr Wong said he hoped Singapore would "not only flourish as a City in a Garden, but also become a city of gardeners and garden lovers".