Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) is the only show in the world to gather the world’s top award-winning garden and floral designers under one roof. It showcases the talents of the world’s gardening luminaries. This “must-see” event in the international horticultural calendar will dazzle with its wide array of displays, events and activities.
Inspired garden & floral designers from 17 countries transformed Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre into a veritable feast for the eyes. The Festival is the only garden show in the world to bring together award-winning gardening luminaries from all around the globe under one roof.
The third presentation of the Singapore Garden Festival came to a successful close on 22 July after an eight-day run. The show played host to over 300,000 visitors, charming them with dazzling show garden and floral displays.
Dr Wong Wei Har, Director of Singapore Garden Festival, said: “The Singapore Garden
Festival has become one of the must-see events in Singapore’s calendar of activities
since the inaugural show in 2006 . We are confident that this year’s Festival will continue
to wow the public with its dazzling garden designs.”
“The Festival is also a great platform for us to showcase to visitors Singapore’s horticultural excellence and to bring the joy of gardening closer to everyone.
Be enchanted by the exquisite garden and floral displays. Experience the magic and wonder of the world of garden and floral design. And delight in the festivities and programmes designed to enthrall your senses.
Dr Wong said: “Every one of us has a critical role to play in the greening of Singapore
and the preservation of the earth that we reside in. The Man Who Planted Trees
celebrates the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, and pays tribute to all the local
heroes who have contributed significantly to the greening of Singapore.”
Taking centerstage during the eight-day Festival will be the giant centerpiece inspired by the French eco-fable, The Man Who Planted Trees, written by award-winning French author Jean Giono in 1953. This charming fictional tale has inspired generations of environmentalists as well as reforestation efforts worldwide.
Hundreds of Singaporeans and residents from schools, community groups, corporations gathered at the Singapore Botanic Gardens today to kick start the planting of seedlings into The Man Who Planted Trees. They were accompanied by two participating SGF designers – Jim Fogarty, a multi-award winner at both the previous Singapore Garden Festivals as well as Dr Claire Whitehouse who has designed and staged 15 medal-winning Show Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show. Seedlings planted today will grow over the next three months and shape the look of The Man Who Planted Trees.
In the timeless tale, The Man Who Planted Trees, a shepherd set out to reforest the ruined eco-system of a desolate and abandoned valley in the foothills of the Alps, near Provence in France. Painstakingly and patiently over a span of more than 40 years in the first half of the 20th century, he cultivated an entire forest, and transformed the valley into a Garden of Eden with a vibrant lush eco-system. Lured by the beauty of the forested valley, more than 10,000 residents settled in the thriving community there.
The story underscores our duty as stewards of the environment that we reside in, and speaks volumes about how one person’s reforestation efforts, through sheer determination, could leave an indelible mark on our planet. It also bears strong similarities with the greening movement in Singapore. Our greening journey began about four decades ago when Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s vision of a Garden City took shape. Up to today, Minister Mentor continues to plant a tree annually. Local heroes, with their tireless efforts, too played an important part in nurturing Singapore into the Garden City that we are renowned for today.