Towering sculptures and miniature gardens at Singapore Garden Festival this year

The House by the Mangroves took home the Gardeners' Cup at the fourth Singapore Garden Festival. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
The House by the Mangroves took home the Gardeners' Cup at the fourth Singapore Garden Festival. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

This year's Singapore Garden Festival, which opens in August, will be a festival of many firsts.

For one, the biennial festival will be housed in Gardens by the Bay for the first time.

As the event is held outdoors, the height limit for sculptures will triple from 3m to 9m.

In addition, miniature gardens with tiny plants and furniture will go on display for the first time.

To mark the return of this year's festival, a new Share a Plant initiative was launched on Thursday morning.

A total of 5,000 plants will be given to members of the public at various public gardens over the next five days to encourage a love of gardening.

This year's festival is jointly organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) and Gardens by the Bay.

"Since the launch of the Singapore Garden Festival back in 2006, the intent has always been to host the festival at Gardens by the Bay when it was ready," said Dr Kiat Tan, chief executive of Gardens by the Bay and Advisor to NParks.

"We are glad to say that the festival is finally home."