Two of my friends whom I spoke with after the event shared their views that the SGF 2014 lacked that wow factor and I kind of agree with them. Undoubtedly, there were interesting and attractive designs but if I were to compare SGF 2014 with the past events since 2008, I felt that the past events were indeed more spectacular. At least there were some that have left an impression on me then.
Floral Windows to the World (participated by 14 designers)
The Ice Queen’s Spring Breath by Annette van Einem (Denmark)
See the difference in the visual effect when viewed at different dimensions. One uncle who was taking photos of this design did not realise it and was very happy when I pointed it out to him 🙂
Reflection of Autumn by Kathy Ong (Malaysia)
Applied Art Meets Floristry by Bjorn Kroner (Germany) – Gold Award
Magic Golden Cloud by Bea Beroy (Spain)
Home by Richard Mock (Singapore Hortiflora Association)
Passion by Lowdi Kwan (Hong Kong)
Where there’s smoke, there is fire. Where there’s passion, there’s unlimited dreams and desires!
Turning Darkness Into Light by Jennifer Murphy (Ireland)
A Design in Expression of Life by Chang Sung Won (Republic of Korea)
9th International FDSS Cup Floral Designing Competition 2014
Going through the floral designs, it was not difficult for one to spot that the themes for this year’s competition focused on the use of plastics in the amateur category, and papers in the professional category.
The Nature of Acry-Fluer by Khoo Ghee Boon (Malaysia) – 1st Prize
By Ku Weng Tong (Macau) – 2nd Prize and the Most Innovative Design award
Plastic “Fluer”tastic by Rainbow Li (Hong Kong) – 3rd Prize
Climbing Expectation by Sandra I Taslim (Indonesia) – 3rd Prize
Nice work using plastic straws
By Rostiana Jo (Singapore) – Merit Award
Books are stepping stones of human progress by Pan Lei (China) – 1st Prize
Recording (记载) by Liao Wen Hao (Taiwan) – 2nd Prize
Words record the memories of mankind. Papers accumulate the civilisation of memories. We flip through the pages, searching, reaching, thinking, imaging.
By Lam Chun Yu (Macau) – Merit Award
A place can be brilliant and beautiful if it is posted with beautiful articles around,
A country will be prosperous and peaceful if the citizens are on their best behaviour!
Books in Bloom by Lim Li Jun (Malaysia)
The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page – Rachel Anders
The Help from Aliens by Nguyen Phi Minh (Vietnam)
By Maria T.L. Robles (Philippines)
By Sharen Tantarica (Singapore)
Floral Table Series
Miracle Dining Table by Tan Han Xiang @ Han Ashworth – Gold Prize and Best of Show award
Enchanted Night by Winston Chin – Gold prize and Best of Show award
Gazebo Exotica by Thong Weng Seng
I had to give Miniature Gardens a miss after spending too much time on the above sections.
I realised that I actually didn’t have many shots taken at the Fantasy Gardens.
This design at the entrance to Fantasy seemed like a popular spot for a souvenir snap by the many visitors
A Garden of Hers by Damian Tang (Singapore)
Concept : A garden that embodies the love of an angel; someone he loves and someone he sees as an angel. This is a garden dedicated to her.
Winter Illusion by Kate Hillier and Dan Rutherford (New Zealand). Winter Illusion is a garden within a garden, created with a combination of optical illusion and fantasy
Back to the Wild by Michael Petrie (USA) – Gold Prize and Best of Show award
The event ticket booths were all quiet when I walked pass after 530pm.
I was curious if the event had received a good attendance this year, and if the hot weather had actually stopped some from attending. I searched online but didn’t seem to find any reports about the estimated number of visitors, not even on the website/Facebook of SGF.
Although I didn’t find the SGF 2014 as spectacular as the past ones, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as before, overall it was still worth the visit, considering that the entrance ticket was very affordable. I paid S$8 after a 20%-discount with my Friend of the Gardens’ membership. If not for the weather, I would be interested to go back on another day to cover those sections which I missed.
Hopefully Singapore Garden Festival 2016 will be a fully indoor event! 😀