Singapore Garden Festival 2022: Highlights from Singapore Botanic Gardens & Orchard Road

The Singapore Garden Festival 2022 is back after a four year hiatus, which is a pretty exciting thing for gardeners and plant lovers who fancy ornamental blooms, show gardens, floral displays, edible plants and a spot of shopping for plants and garden products. This time, the Singapore Garden Festival will be held at the Singapore Botanic Gardens from now till 9 August, and at ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City till 7 August.

Here are the highlights from all three venues!

SGF 2022

Singapore Botanic Gardens

While you are at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, be prepared to marvel at the stunning entries of The Orchid Competition, co-organised with the Orchid Society of Southeast Asia (OSSEA). Visitors can view more than 400 rare and exquisite orchids, including warm and cool-growing species and hybrids found globally in different regions, submitted by professional growers and hobbyists. These specimens are housed at Burkill Hall, Tan Hoon Siang Mist House and Sembcorp Cool House.

SGF Orchid Competition Singapore Botanic Gardens
Warm growing orchids in Burkill Hall
OSSEA orchid competition 2022
Warm growing orchids in Burkill Hall
Singapore Garden Festival Orchid Competition 2022
Warm growing orchids in The Orchid Competition at the Tan Hoon Siang Mist House
Orchid competition SGF
Cool growing orchid submissions for The Orchid Competition in the Sembcorp Cool House

Also, The Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival will also be held in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival 2022. The Gardens will host a variety of programmes from 30 July to 9 August to celebrate its’ heritage, these include concerts, tours, talks and exhibitions.

Heritage Orchids of Singapore, Botanic Gardens
Heritage Orchids of Singapore, on display at the Clock Tower to celebrate the return of the Singapore Garden Festival and Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival.

Head to the Eco-Garden to view the Landscape Design Challenge and Singapore Gardener’s Cup – Gardeners’ Fantasia.

The Landscape Design Challenge 2022
The Landscape Design Challenge display
SGF The Landscape Design Challenge 2022
The Landscape Design Challenge display
Landscape Design Challenge display SGF 2022
The Landscape Design Challenge display

The Landscape Design Challenge is an opportunity for students from institutes of higher learning to showcase their design skills to the theme of “Botanical Fantasy”. Participants were given four hours and a budget to transform a 9sqm plot into an outdoor landscape display.

The Singapore Gardener’s Cup brought together Community In Bloom (CIB) gardeners from 40 gardening groups to create 5 garden showcases according to the theme “Gardeners’ Fantasia”. Their displays were charming as well as playful, and easy on the eyes.

Singapore Gardener's Cup 2022
Singapore Gardener’s Cup garden showcase
Singapore Gardener's Cup 2022 SGF
Singapore Gardener’s Cup garden showcase
Singapore Gardener's Cup 2022 Singapore Garden Festival
Singapore Gardener’s Cup garden showcase
Singapore Garden Festival MarketPlace
The Singapore Garden Festival MarketPlace

If you love plant shopping or gardening products, make sure you visit the MarketPlace! Featuring over 50 retailers offering plants and gardening products, arts and crafts as well as food. The MarketPlace tent is located at Tyersall Coach Park, a short distance from the Learning Forest drop off point (Tyersall Gate). As parking is limited, we advise travelling there by feeder service, MRT, taxi or private hire.  If travelling by train, a shuttle bus is available at Botanic Gardens MRT Station Exit B along Bukit Timah Road. Alternatively, hop on anywhere along the shuttle bus route at these points: Green Pavilion (Tanglin Gate), Visitor Centre (Nassim Gate), or Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.

You can also visit the E-MarketPlace to shop for plants and gardening products. Click here to go to the store front.

PS. I will be manning the Singapore Gardening Society booth on some days, come say hi! Also, please consider joining the Society if you enjoy meeting fellow gardeners, there are monthly events which include garden visits.

ION Orchard

Head to Basement 4 in ION Orchard to view events by Floral Designers Society (Singapore)!

From 3 to 7 August, look out for Floral Fiesta: A Floral Creation Challenge, a competition between budding florists, floral hobbyists and professional floral designers. The competition’s theme is “Celebrations” and will see 60 participants vying for the top 3 prizes. The competition runs from 3 – 5 August, and all submissions will be on display on 6 and 7 August.

More recently, FDSS held the 12th International FDSS Cup, where competition pieces created by local and overseas floral artists were displayed till 2 August.

12th International FDSS Cup
12th International FDSS Cup organised by Floral Designers Society (Singapore)
Floral Designers Society (Singapore) FDSS Cup 2022
12th International FDSS Cup submissions

At level 1, visit the large floral installations by local award-winning floral masters Harijanto Setiawan and John Lim of This Humid House. Harijanto’s installation is called The Echoes of Almeda and the structure features bamboo culms and woven bamboo strips, beautifully arranged large heliconias, dancing lady orchids and immature banana hands around a water feature. This Humid House’s Vessel Garden installation showcases a lovely collection of vessels which have attributes unique to South East Asia. Each vessel contains plants that include bromeliads, blood bananas, coleus, heliconia, palms, aloe vera and other plants inspired by the kampong spirit.

The Echoes of Almeda by Harijanto Setiawan
The Echoes of Almeda by Harijanto Setiawan
Singapore Garden Festival ION Orchard
The Echoes of Almeda by Harijanto Setiawan
This Humid House Vessel Garden ION Orchard
Vessel Garden by This Humid House

Here, you will also find a showcase of fruits and vegetables by local gardeners participating in the Community Garden Edibles Competition 2022. The competition includes 9 ‘best edibles’ categories and an ‘Open’ category. The submissions were incredible, see below for some of the beautiful fruit and vegetables that were on display.

The Cavern of Edibles SGF 2022
The Cavern of Edibles
Community Garden Edibles Competition 2022
Inside The Cavern of Edibles
Community Garden Edibles Competition 2022 best edibles
The winning edibles in the Best Pumpkin category
Community Garden Edibles Competition 2022 ION Orchard
The winning edibles in the Best Melon category

Ngee Ann City

While you are at Ngee Ann City, look out for the Show Garden competitions at the Civic Plaza. This competition features six Show Garden plots by three award-winning international designers and three local award-winning designers.

Singapore Garden Festival Ngee Ann City
The Orchard Bridge, the winning show garden designed by Eliam Eng and Andy Eng. The implementing partner was Nyee Phoe Flower Garden.
Singapore Garden Festival 2022 highlights
This garden -The time: In the far, far away future – was a very popular photo-taking spot. Not just for the classic bus stop but also for the giant butterfly at the entrance. This was designed by B Gurumurthy.
Singapore garden festival 2022 Orchard Road
Inner Growth Garden by Christian Jenkins of Australia.

As you can tell from the photos, there’s a lot to take in at the Singapore Garden Festival 2022. It’s only here for a short time every two years so make sure you catch it before it’s over! The event runs till 7 August at Orchard Road, and till 9 August at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. To find out more visit the Singapore Garden Festival website.

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