Singapore garden festival blooms with int'l designers

08:22, July 15, 2010      

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Award-winning garden and floral designers from around the world gathered here on Wednesday to showcase their greenery masterpieces for the third Singapore Garden Festival.

This year's festival showcases 31 masterpieces by designers from 17 countries and regions, with countries such as Canada and Grenada making their debut appearance in Singapore.

The biennial event occupies over two hectares of space at Singapore's Suntec International Convention &Exhibition Center. The show includes seven fantasy show gardens, eight landscape show gardens, each spans 100 sqm, as well as 16 floral windows. Over 250,000 tropical and temperate plants are used for the displays at the garden show.

Australian designer Jim Fogarty, whose project "Daintree" won the gold medal for landscape garden this year, said he is inspired by the rainforest and his garden is designed to appeal the "Y Generation," the future custodians of the rain forests. He said his garden aims to bring home the message that modern development can be done in a way to reduce the footprint on rain forest land, and help to educate children the importance of rain forest to the environment.

Singapore's National Parks Boards CEO Ng Lang said the biennial garden festival aims to get more people inspired and involved in greening efforts in Singapore. The show will provide a platform for inspired local community groups to showcase their green fingers through programs such as floral arrangement competition, gardeners' cup, interschool competition and educational activities.

Over 300,000 visitors are expected during the eight-day festival period.

Source: Xinhua


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