Last Saturday (17 July), DS and I spent a good 6-7 hours at the Garden Festival 2010 which is being held at the Suntec Convention Centre, 15-22 July 2010.

We bought our tickets for this event online well in advance.  Thanks to the event organiser for making available online ticket purchase (for the first time) from a few months ago.  This really saved us the trouble and time of queuing up to purchase the tickets there and then.  All we needed to do was to pick up the tickets at a separate dedicated counter at the ticket booth.

As we had expected, the event has attracted large crowds, young and old, just like the previous ones.  I also noticed that they are a lot more photography enthusiasts at the event this time.


The Man Who Planted Tree – the centrepiece in the Landscape Garden Section
This centrepiece is inspired by the French eco-fable, The Man Who Planted Trees, a charming fictional tale of a shepherd who set out to reforest the ruined eco-system of a desolate and abandoned valley in the foothills of the Alps, near Provence in France.
The Tree House – Modern Kampong Lifestyle by John Tan Chee Hian (Singapore).  Winner of Best of Show in the Landscape Garden Category
Hometown in Tianjin, Surplus Year After Year by Wang Hong Cheng (China).  One of the silver winners in Landscape Garden Category.
The Last Australian Garden by Rick Eckersley, Myles Broad and Scott Leung (Australia).  One of the Gold winners in the Fantasy Garden Category.
The Spice of Life – A Grenada Garden by Suzanne Gaywood (UK/Grenada) , One of the Bronze Winners in the Fantasy Garden Category.  DS and I like this the best!  I imagine it would really be a fantasy to have such a lovely garden!
The Paradise Lost, An African Fantasy by David Davidson (South Africa), another Bronze Winner in the Fantasy Garden Category
Design with Nature by Brigitte Heinrichs (Germany), Best of Show in the Floral Windows To The World Category.
In the Beginning, There was Light… by Alex Choi (Korea), another Gold Winner in the Floral Windows to The World Category
Rhythm of Nature by Janet Alesich (Australia), one of the Silver winners in the Floral Windows To the World Category
Mother of Nature by Irene Hee
Hoerikwaggo (meaning Mountains in the Sea) by Emmie Pabst & Marjolijin Malan (South Africa), Floral Windows to the World Category

According to what I had read, the event is said to be even more spectacular than the previous ones.  While DS and I had enjoyed the visit, the floral displays did not actually impress us as much as the last two, especially the one in 2008.  We somehow felt the lack of that “wow” factor in the Landscape & Fantasy Gardens section.  However, there was certainly no regrets in going to such an event as there were great photography opportunities.

The Orchid Show with participations from overseas countries, local floral organisations as well as schools, was nice too although we found it largely the same as the previous one in 2008.  Within the same hall where the Orchid Show was held, there were also a lot of floral arrangements on display.  These are works from two competitions – Floral Harmony at Nanyang : Inter-School Floral Competition and the 7th International FDSS (Floral Designers Society Singapore) Cup Floral Designing Competition.  There were also Bonsais.


Entrance area of Orchid Show

By Taiwan Orchid Growers Association and Taiwan Orchid Breeders Association
By the Organising Committee of the China (Sanya) International Orchid Show
Wind of Okinawa
By Naval Base Secondary School, Singapore
Philippines Orchid Society, Best Display (10 Square Metre), Straits Times Press Challenge Cup
Peranakan Garden – Gardeners’ Cup Champion – by Assumption English School, Mayfair Park Estate Neighbourhood Committee and Moulmein Goldhill Neighbourhood Committee



One of the works of Hung Mo Joo (Korea), 1st Prize Winner of Professional Category and winner of FDSS Design Excellence Award
By Kazuhiko Tanaka (Japan) Merit Award Winner
Identity Crisis by Novembriati (Indonesia)
Metamorphosis, also by Novembriati (Indonesia)
By Fan Ian Ian (Macau)
By Lim Li Jun (Malaysia)
Bonsai Gold Winner
Can you read the Chinese character formed?
Can’t explain why but this one somehow caught my attention!

Please click on the following for a lot more photos.



Flowers are such a beauty.  I don’t think I will ever get sick of watching them, and I am certainly looking forward to the next one!


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