A much-anticipated international garden and flower event, this year’s Singapore Garden Festival marks 10 years since its start in 2006, and it promises to be bigger than ever!
Whether you are a gardening enthusiast, a fan of past Gardens by the Bay exhibitions, or are simply keen to admire some beautiful landscaping designs, you’ll be delighted by what Gardens by the Bay has in store for you. Apart from the Singapore Garden Festival, you can look forward to nightly concerts and dining deals too!
Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2016
Let’s start with the SGF 2016, which is on from now until 31 July. This year’s edition of the festival features the best of tropical horticulture and floral artistry. Local and internationally-acclaimed designers have taken part to create enchanting masterpieces at Gardens by the Bay. Spanning a 9.7-hectare space, there are interesting highlights for every type of festival goer.
Landscape & Fantasy Gardens
Check out the Landscape & Fantasy Gardens for landscaping inspiration by award-winning designers. Designers include local talents like John Tan and Raymond Toh who clinched the Silver-Gilt award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show 2015. There’s also Ann Teo who received the Outstanding Award of Excellence and two Gold Awards at the 2015 Singapore Landscape Architects Award.
Floral Windows to the World
The exquisite Floral Windows to the World features both international names and budding local amateurs. This is the first year where local participants were identified through a public competition held in April this year. The top three winning displays are featured at the festival alongside international designers. Pay the exhibition a visit and be amazed by our upcoming design talents!
Celebrations! Floral Table Series
For more floral designs, the Celebrations! Floral Table Series showcases a myriad of delicate flower arrangements that will take your breath away. Plus, you can also learn how to bring such beautiful designs to life at the exhibition!
If you’re a fan of our national flower, this is a must-see. At the Orchid Extravaganza, you’ll get to walk through a colourful orchid wonderland, surrounded by countless gorgeous blooms.
SGF Rocks! Free Nightly Performances
As the sky turns dark, anticipate the performers that will take to the Meadow Stage and the Alfresco Stage (Free admission!) at the Marketplace.
The night will be livened up by the likes of Gentle Bones, Jack & Rai, Shirlyn & The UneXpected, and many more local musicians! With an extensive lineup, you can expect to hear a range of music genres, from R&B to pop and rock- there’ll definitely be something for everyone.
More information on the lineup here.
Flowers aside, don’t miss the dining promotions that are running right now at Gardens by the Bay too!
Boasting a lush Mediterranean garden setting, Pollen is located within the Flower Dome, with stunning waterfront views and vegetables coming straight from an in-house garden. Pollen is having an early dinner deal, where you can savour a sunset dinner at S$88++ per person for three courses. Booking and more information here.
Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant
Right below the Flower Dome is this seafood restaurant that serves up iconic crowd favourites like the Chili Crab and for an innovative twist on the dish, the ‘Kopi’ Crab. Majestic Bay has a promotion for OCBC credit card holders, where S$88++ spent entitles you to a Signature Baked Rice with Assorted Seafood (U.P. $88) along with your meal. Booking and more information here.
If you haven’t made plans for the weekend yet, Singapore Garden Festival @ Gardens by the Bay would be a great choice for everything from an outing with friends to a romantic date. Award-winning floral designs, free live music, and sunset dinners – you could be there for an entire day and not get bored!
(Header image credit: original image from singaporegardenfestival.com, edited by author.)