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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 12 December 2006

Inaugural Singapore Garden Festival 2006


First International Garden Show To Gather World's Top Award-Winning Designers Under One Roof

Singapore , the Garden City of the Tropics, will host the first international garden and flower show on the equator from 16-25 December 2006.
The inaugural Singapore Garden Festival is unique as it is the first in the world to showcase creations by international award-winning landscape & garden designers specially invited to the Festival to work alongside local horticultural talents.
The Singapore Garden Festival promises a floral fiesta of beauty with exciting events to please the eyes and delight the senses.
Occupying 2.3 hectares at Suntec , Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Festival's exciting offerings include:
  • Best of Show Designer Gardens featuring creations by local designers and top award-winning garden designers from renowned garden shows around the world. More than 20 designers from United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA), France , Holland , Australia , Japan , China , Singapore and Southeast Asian countries are participating. They include:
    • UK's Julian Dowle, one the world's most experienced and respected garden designer with 26 award-winning entries at the internationally renowned Chelsea Flower Show including a record of 11 gold medals;
    • Australia's Jim Fogarty, a multiple award-winner including two Best of Show Awards, two Design Excellence Awards and four Gold Medals at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show;
    • USA's Michael Bruce, who won two consecutive Best in Show (Floral Design) awards at the Philadelphia Flower Show in 2005 and 2006; as well as
    • Winners from Singapore's 5th Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) Design Award Competition and the Landscape Industry Association (Singapore) (LIAS) Awards of Excellence 2005.
  • Floral Windows to the World featuring colourful and vibrant cut-flower displays and floral masterpieces with stunning set design and lighting by floral designers from home and abroad.
  • Singapore Orchid Show showcasing Southeast Asia 's rich and diverse heritage of orchids, the most diverse botanical family and the most important plant group in the international floriculture industry.
  • Garden Fiesta & Marketplace offering educational, recreational & entertainment activities catering to the public, the serious gardeners as well as the hobbyists. The Festival Marketplace will offer a wide array under one roof of plants, gardening & landscape products and services and arts & craft.
Singapore Orchid Show
The annual Singapore Orchid Show will be held in conjunction with the Festival this year.
It will showcase Southeast Asia¨s rich biodiversity of tropical orchids, the most important plant group in the international floriculture industry. Winning exhibits and displays will be awarded prizes such as Heritage Challenge Cups, which have been handed down from past winners over the years.

Festival Marketplace
Gardening professionals and enthusiasts will find a wide array of plants, gardening & landscape products, gardening accessories, and arts & craft.
There will also be educational, recreational and entertainment activities for all ages, including talks and workshops by renowned garden designers and local experts. Look out too for Christmas theme workshops as well as Christmas caroling during the Festival.
Tickets, priced at S$6 (weekdays) and S$12 (weekends), are on sale at SISTIC outlets (visit Family tickets, perfect for that festive family outing, are also available. Children, students and senior citizens too enjoy concession rates.
The Festival, which concludes on Christmas day, is expected to draw 200,000 visitors from Singapore and around the world. Please visit for more information.
The Singapore Garden Festival is organised by the National Parks Board, with the Agri-food & Veterinary Authority, the Orchid Society of Southeast Asia and the Singapore Tourism Board as key partners.

Source: Excerpted from Media Releases August & 10 November 2006

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