Apart from the usual stunning floral displays and garden designs, this year's Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) will have new features such as an Asean Garden - featuring blossoms from South-east Asian countries - and a Secret Garden of Edibles as well as floral-jamming sessions.
And Straits Times subscribers and their families stand a chance to win free passes to the biennial extravaganza, which runs at Gardens by the Bay from July 21 to Aug 3.
In partnership with the National Parks Board (NParks) and Gardens by the Bay, the newspaper is giving 300 family sets, each comprising four festival tickets, to its subscribers. This is part of the ST+ news with benefits programme to reward loyal subscribers.
To take part, readers should download the SPH Rewards app, look for the giveaway in the rewards section, save the deal to their e-wallet, click on "Go to website" on the "Details" page and answer the question: Where is the Singapore Garden Festival held?
The contest closes on June 18 and winners will be notified via e-mail by June 25.
There are more festival treats for subscribers. Four floral-jamming sessions - on July 23 - will be reserved solely for them.
BOOK IT / SINGAPORE GARDEN FESTIVAL 2018
WHERE: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive
WHEN: July 21 to Aug 3, 10am to 10pm daily (garden festival); 9am to 10pm daily (conservatories)
ADMISSION: $12 (weekdays), $16 (weekends) for garden festival and Flower Dome; $20 all days for garden festival and two conservatories. Rates apply to adults who are Singapore residents. Concession rates are available for senior citizens and children
BOOK IT / FLORAL JAMMING SESSIONS
WHERE: The Stage @ Singapore Garden Festival, The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay
WHEN: July 23 (exclusive to Straits Times subscribers), July 24 to 26, July 30 to Aug 2; at 5, 6, 7 and 8pm. Each session lasts for 45 minutes, can take 30 participants. All materials will be provided.
ADMISSION: Free for Singapore Garden Festival ticket-holders
INFO: For information and to register, go to bit.ly/2M3gN2i
The term floral jamming, where people come together to produce floral creations, was coined in 2011 by a Hong Kong floral designer. It is a relatively new concept in Singapore.
To win a place at one of the sessions - and with it, a ticket to the festival - subscribers can join a contest that will run from June 25 to July 9. More details will be revealed at a later date.
Other than the sessions reserved for ST subscribers, anyone with a festival pass can attend the other floral-jamming sessions with prior registration online. The free sessions will run on certain days between July 23 and Aug 2.
During the workshops, festivalgoers can create hand bouquets, floral garlands, corsages and small table displays. Leftover or less-than-perfect flowers and foliage from the festival will be given a new lease of life, after they are trimmed to sizes suitable for use.
Mr Bernard Low, co-founder of Raffles International Floristry Academy, which is organising the workshops, says: "Floral jamming is all about free-style design... The sessions are not meant to be instructional. Participants are free to let their creativity lead them. If they are stuck, they can seek guidance from the professional floral designer attached to their group."
He is expecting more than 1,000 sign-ups.
Mr Dennis Lim, NParks' director of festival, events and exhibitions, says: "We are delighted the Straits Times is our official media partner again this year.
"Our partnership with the media, together with the community and our corporate partners, plays a key role in the success of the Singapore Garden Festival as the premier tropical garden and flower show.
"We warmly welcome all Straits Times readers to come and experience the creations from award-winning garden and floral designers, and to join in our programmes."
• The Straits Times is the official media partner of Singapore Garden Festival 2018.