Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Singapore Garden Festival 2012

Singapore Garden Festival returns with a record number of award-winning designers from around the world in 2012.

Singapore Garden Festival, Asia's Premier Garden and Flower Show will take place at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7-15 July 2012.

This is the fourth thime the biennial event will delight visitors from around the world. In 2010, the event attracted more than 30,000 visitors from Singapore and around the world. About 20% of the visitors were from abroad.

I am sure this year will be even more exciting too as the nine-day event will line up exciting exhibits, greater variety and new offerings. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see more than 39 internationally acclaimed garden and floral designers serve up a visual fiesta of exquisite garden and floral displays in the highly popular Landscape and Fantasy Gardens competition and the Floral Windows to the World competition.

I'm ready to embark on an exquisite garden experience.

Let's go:

As I stepped into level 6 of the convention centre, I was being welcomed by a fairy-tale castle themed entrance display with 5-metres tall topiary arches, animal-shaped topiaries, pixies and frog soldiers.

Say hi to the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.

At Level 6, visitors would be treated to new elements that various designers have adopted for their show garden. Let's take a look at some of these Asia's best garden!

The Modernist Garden

Designer: Joe Palimeno (USA)

In his garden, the cube shade structure provides refuge from the sun, while the plunge pool of water features provide a pleasant view to cool off. The built-in seating with cushions adds softness to the stone walls, and provides a comfortable place to read.

So relaxing to enjoy at the resort-like outdoor. I want my getaway too!!!

Fu-chi-tei

Designer: Koji Ninomiya (Japan)

Sometimes you need a place to retreat to for a little peace and quiet. "Fu-chi-tei" is a garden of contemplation. It provides a sanctuary for you to get in touch with your inner self.

Open To Nature - Beyond Tradition

Designer: John Tan Chee Hian (Singapore)

The garden opens with a recycled metal plate pathway - an old and rusty but solid trail that leads to a masterpiece of art.

The composition of tall rusty steel columns along the side with large black granite slabs creates an inviting entrance to a series of old wood sculptures.

And our next stop: Fantasy Garden.

Argh, grasshopper camouflage in the green patch of grass.

Garden of Tales

Designer: Damian Tang (Singapore)

Inspired by children's love for fairy tales in which vivid descriptions guide their imagination, this garden strives to create an experience that leaves us in anticipation of the next magical moment.

Each tale is framed as a scene, like a window to another world, tempting us to peek into different realms of magic, mystery and wonder. 

Stepping into the tale of Pinocchio.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
5 Dwarfs spotted. Where are the rest???

Another drawf spotted. Omg, did you see who is in the hole???


The Evil Queen!!!

Yet another white rabbit!! So cute and so real.

Balcony Garden.

Luminescent Perspective

Designer: John Cullen (USA)

The garden uses a timed lighting sequence to suggest the profound influence that the sun has on altering the garden's appearance throughout the day. The loose canopy provide by the trees allows the light to filter and move across the sculpted shrubs and looser forms of perennials. 

Singapore Garden Festival is so magical, I feel like I am walking into another dimension.

Upturned Splendour

Designer: Eliam Eng (Singapore)

Uprooted trees and broken surfaces of the earth are natural disasters. "Upturned Splendour" reconstructs the beauty that trees and our land possess as the essential sources of life that we have taken for granted.

Take a look at the video I shoot.

Reminiscent of a wild meadow, this display illustrates how beauty can be found everywhere, even on a landscape that has been destroyed. For that is the essence of nature: that life renews itself.

We should live in harmony with Nature and not abuse it.

A dreamy room full of balloons. I want this room!!!

Headed to Level 4 next, featuring interesting plants and orchids.

And we passed by Smurf village. Look at all those cute little Smurf!

La la la-la la la, Sing a happy song.
La la la-la la la, Smurf your whole day long.

Parents may want to consider bringing your kids here, they will enjoy it.

Monkey trying to climb up the tree.

Miniature of Singapore Flyer.

Thar's all for my post. Thanks HP for the invitation. 

Remember to drop by Singapore Garden Festival, Asia's Premier Garden and Flower Show at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7-15 July 2012.

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