SINGAPORE - The Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) will return for its seventh edition at the Gardens by the Bay in July.
And due to its success, there will be two new events which will be held separately from the main show.
The SGF, which has been held once every two years since 2006, serves as a platform where international and local designers, community gardeners and plant enthusiasts showcase their creativity through garden and floral designs. It is organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) and Gardens by the Bay.
Speaking to The Straits Times at the launch of the ticket sales on Saturday (March 10), Mr Dennis Lim, NParks' director of festival, events and exhibitions, said the two new events are the SGF Orchid Show and the SGF Horticulture Show.
The SGF Orchid Show, which will be held from April 21 to 29, is organised in partnership with the Orchid Society of South East Asia. The show will be at the National Orchid Garden and other parts of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Floral enthusiasts can look forward to orchid landscape displays and award-winning orchid plants at this inaugural event. They can also attend talks and demonstrations, and join guided tours to further acquaint themselves with the orchid.
The SGF Horticulture Show will be held next year at Jurong Lake Gardens. This nine-day event will give local industry partners and students an opportunity to showcase their expertise in areas such as landscape design and horticulture skills like growing and cultivating plants. The specific dates of the event will be made known later.
Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee said that with this expanded format, there will be even more opportunities for the public to appreciate tropical horticulture and experience the wonders of plants through creative floral displays.
"We hope that this will inspire more individuals and organisations to join us in co-creating our biophilic City in a Garden," said Mr Lee, who is also Second Minister for National Development.
More than 400,000 visitors are expected when the main show opens from July 21 to Aug 3.
To launch the ticket sales on Saturday, the world's largest flower basket was on display at Takashimaya Square at Ngee Ann City. Made with over 27,000 flowers, the display measures 10m long, 1.2m tall and 6m wide.
Made by more than 150 people in Singapore, it set a new Guinness World Record for being the biggest flower basket.
Senior manager Mark Choo of the National Orchid Garden said it had taken the team 12 days to complete the floral display.
He told The Straits Times: "The main obstacle was to choose the right flowers and ensure that we were able to get enough supplies. The theme is tropical orchids and we have to ensure that the flowers chosen can withstand an indoor environment."
The arrangement will be on display until Sunday (March 11).
Tickets for the SGF will be available at its roadshow at Takashimaya Square on Saturday and Sunday.
From March 16, they can be bought at the Visitor Centre@Nassim at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and at the Gardens by the Bay ticketing hub.
Visitors can also buy them online at www.gardensbythebay.com.