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Singapore Garden Festival 2016

The Singapore Garden Festival 2016 is now taking place at the Gardens By The Bay from 23rd July 2016 to 31t July 2016. I had attended Singapore Garden Festival in 2008, 2010, 2012, missed out 2014 and back again to the 2016 edition of Singapore Garden Festival. I like the many different flowers, gardens, plants and gardening on display at Singapore Garden Festivals over the past few editions, it’s really beautiful and I was able to get close to the flowers and gardens.

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Singapore Garden Festival 2016 is their largest till date, spanning 9.7 hectares across The Meadow, Flower Dome and Bayfront Plaza. This is not just a display of designer gardens and concepts, this is also a great and fun community event for people to learn more about gardening in their community open spaces and in their homes too. On the opening day of Singapore Garden Festival 2016, I saw huge groups of community clubs, centres, societies coming down to visit the festival.

There are many things to do and enjoy at Singapore Garden Festival 2016, besides visiting and enjoying viewing the flora and fauna, visitors can also enjoy music performances, talks, workshops, retail and food there! More information can be found here on Singapore Garden Festival website!

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At Singapore Garden Festival 2016, I would like to share some key festival highlights that caught my attention and you have to visit them!

  • 15 Fantasy and Landscape Show Gardens

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  • Orchid Extravaganza at Flower Dome

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  • 5 Balcony Gardens

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  • World of Terrariums

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  • Gary’s Musical Flower Field

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  • Benny’s Sunflower Farm

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  • Secret Garden

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  • Magical Tree Grove

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There is quite a bit of walking at Singapore Garden Festival 2016, remember to drink lots of water especially under the hot afternoon sun! Bring your camera along to take many photographs and memories of the garden festival! Stand a chance to win a Nikon Coolpix S7000 simply by uploading your Singapore Garden Festival 2016 photos via their FB app or hashtag your instagram photos with #sggardenfest! More details here!

If you love orchids, there is a dedicated showcase for Orchids, titled “Orchid Extravaganza at Flower Dome”, there are many beautiful orchids inside on display during Singapore Garden Festival 2016. I would share about the Orchid Extravaganza in another article shortly.

Here are key details and information on Singapore Garden Festival 2016

Dates: 23 – 31 July 2016

Location: Gardens By The Bay

Show Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily

Conservatories Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm daily

Website: Singapore Garden Festival

Facebook Page: Singapore Garden Festival

Twitter: SG Garden Festival

Instagram: SGGardenFest

YouTube: Singapore Garden Festival

Ticketing information

Ticket Category Weekday (Local Resident Rate**) Weekend (Local Resident Rate**) Standard Rate
Adult $12 $16 $23
Senior Citizen (≥60 years) $6 $9 $23
Child (≥3 to 12 years) $6 $9 $17

**Singapore citizens, permanent residents and those living in Singapore, including those holders of employment passes, work permits or dependent passes. Proof of residency may be required when purchasing tickets or upon entry.**

< Tickets include admission to the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay from 23 to 31 July 2016 >

The 2016 edition of Singapore Garden Festival is not only the largest till date, it’s also one of the most interesting garden festival. From the professional garden landscape designs to the local community gardening, Singapore is not only a Garden City, she’s also showing the way among the local community and homes, embracing a green and garden living lifestyle.

Singapore Garden Festival 2016, it’s the biggest till date, this is an awesome and interesting garden festival! I strongly encourage everyone of you to visit this wonderful garden festival at Gardens By The Bay before the festival ends on 31st July 2016. Do check out some of my photographs that I took during the Singapore Garden Festival 2016 on my Flickr collection!

*I would like to thank Singapore Garden Festival for the invitation to the special preview session*


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TulipMania 2014 at Gardens By The Bay!

TulipMania is back in Singapore at Gardens By The Bay! Following a large popular tulip display last year 2013, the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay is now hosting TulipMania until 4th May 2014! TulipMania 2014 is inspired by Madurodam, a miniature park and tourist attraction in the Netherlands. The display at TulipMania 2014 depict Dutch canal scenes, houses and windmills set amidst spectacular blooms of tulips and hyacinths.

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The tulips were very beautiful and colourful, it was very popular with both local and international visitors. On the weekends, there were many activities organised at TulipMania for the children and family. Therefore, it can be very crowded during the weekends with many visitors wanting to take many beautiful photographs of the tulips on display!

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Beside the activities, there are other exciting events for the visitors to participate whereby they can win a pair of tickets to Amsterdam and KLM Miffy merchandises –

  • Share your Tulipmania photo on Instagram with the caption ‘Fly me to Amsterdam with @KLM because ________ (free format) #ilovetulipmania
  • Tag 3 friends to validate your entry

There is also a TulipMania photography competition whereby you can participate to win attractive prizes from Canon and an opportunity for your photograph to be exhibited! For more details, check out Canon EOS World Singapore link here for more details!

For more details of the exciting activities and events that you can participate when visiting TulipMania, check out TulipMania event information on Gardens By The Bay website!

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During the night, the lights will be turned on and shine on the Tulip fields, making the Tulip fields pretty interesting and colourful! If you are coming in the late afternoon or evening, do stay a bit longer and wait for the lights to shine on the Tulip fields! You will be amazed by the effects and outcomes of the Tulip fields shining in the night! Check out my photographs of TulipMania on my Flickr collection! If you haven’t visit the beautiful and gorgeous tulips at TulipMania 2014, make a date and drop by the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay for a visit! Remember to bring your camera and take lots of photographs!

I would like to thank Gardens By The Bay for the arrangement of the media passes to visit TulipMania 2014!


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Gardens By The Bay – War of the Roses

The season of beautiful and glorious roses are now in bloom at Gardens By The Bay, engaging in a War of the Roses floral display inside the Flower Dome from 26th February 2014 to 6th April 2014, that showcases one of the world’s most popular bloom.

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Titled “War of the Roses”, it is not about the roses fighting with each other. The floral display draws inspiration from an event of the same name that took place in 15th century England. The historical “War of the Roses” was a series of civil wars between the House of Lancaster and the House of York that were vying for the throne of England. Its name drew reference to the emblems associated with the two Houses – the Red Rose of Lancaster and the White Rose of York. (Source: Gardens By The Bay)

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Gardens By The Bay is transformed into medieval times and visitors are brought back in time. There are two armour-plated knights on horses, amidst in a battle of roses in different shapes, sizes and colours. The “War of the Roses” floral display, which features some 60 varieties of England’s national flower, is part of the Europe leg of the “Gardens by the Bay Goes around the World” series for 2014.

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During my recent visit to the Flower Dome for the War of the Roses, the floral display was really beautiful! The floral display of the various roses was bright and colourful and they will definitely catch your attention to the beautiful roses! Remember to bring your camera along and take many photographs and memories of the War of the Roses floral display! Check out my photographs on the War of the Roses at Gardens By The Bay on Flickr! 

For more details on “War of the Roses”, “A Tale of Roses”, and other programmes at Gardens by the Bay, please drop by and visit http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/waroftheroses.


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Spring Celebrations 2013 at Gardens By The Bay

Spring Celebrations 2013 is happening at Gardens By The Bay! Welcoming the Year of the Snake with a beautiful of flora display in the flower dome featuring some 8,000 colourful blooms. The Gardens By The Bay is definitely a destination to visit during the Chinese New Year period holidays with your family and loved ones, enjoying the beautiful flowers blooming and sculptures around the Gardens By The Bay. I was invited by National Parks Singapore (NParks) and Marina Bay Division Singapore to visit the Spring Celebrations 2013, sharing information and photographs of the Spring Celebrations 2013 at Gardens By The Bay, with fellow Marina Bay AmBAYssadors.

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We took the Garden Cruiser to tour the Gardens By The Bay and had a greater understanding of the different unique sculptures located in the various parts of the Gardens. Therefore, when you are visiting Gardens By The Bay, do keep a lookout for them! When you are at Gardens By The Bay, you have to visit the the Meadow, you can see something very unique and very impressive, it’s a “very big infant” sculpture, by internationally acclaimed artist Marc Quinn. The impressive sculpture is known as Planet, explores the intimate relationship between nature and humanity, and serves as a natural extension of the Gardens’ efforts to connect people with the stories of plants and the planet. The sculpture is a depiction of the artist’s infant son and he can be seen appearing to be “floating” above the ground. You have to visit this impressive sculpture yourself to view it! Do visit Gardens By The Bay during this Chinese New Year holidays period!

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Next stop was Flower Dome, one of my favourite places in Gardens By The Bay. Inside the Flowers Dome, Spring Celebrations is in the air! With about 8,000 colourful blooms, spectacular and in bright colours, you can find a selection of penjing (or bonsai) up to 200 years old, 3-metre-long snake topiaries, grand kumquat plants measuring 3 metres in diameter, and life-sized oriental pavilions inside the Flower Dome. Here’s more information about Spring Celebrations 2013 at Gardens By The Bay!

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Some quick information on Spring Celebrations 2013

Dates: 1 to 28 February 2013

Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Location: Flower Dome

Details: Admission charges into the Cooled Conservatories apply. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Here are the flowers that you can spot inside the Flower Dome during Spring Celebrations 2013 at Gardens By The Bay

Penjing (various species) 

Torch Bromeliad 

Cherry Blossom

Chrysanthemums

Coralberry

Camellia

Peonies

Cymbidium Orchids

I had a fun time photographing the various flower blossoms inside the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay and would go back again to enjoy the flora and fauna, enjoy the greens and gardens. Besides that, I am keen and looking forward to photograph more different perspectives and views of the SuperTrees during the night! Do check out my dedicated Flickr collection and 500px collection on Gardens By The Bay!

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After finishing our visit at the Flower Dome, we were hosted to a dinner at Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant, located at Flower Dome by NParks and Marina Bay Division Singapore, with a Lo Hei to welcome the Year of the Snake, wealth, prosperity and good luck in the Year of the Snake! This was a time for networking and catching up with fellow Marina Bay AmBAYssadors, photographers, social media enthusiasts and bloggers, along with NParks and Marina Bay Division staff. I would like to say a big Thank You to NParks and Marina Bay Division Singapore for the warm hospitality and time with us!

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Wishing all 恭喜发财! See you all at Gardens By The Bay Spring Celebrations 2013!


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Singapore Garden Festival 2012

A festival of many beautiful and spectacular garden landscapes by local designers and top award-winning designers from renowned garden shows around the world, lots and lots of different flora and fauna. This is my 3rd visit to Singapore Garden Festival and I have attended Singapore Garden Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2012!! Even though this was my 3rd Singapore Garden Festival, I am still amazed and mesmerised by the beauty of the whole event filled with many beautiful garden landscapes and many many flowers!

Taking a step back in time to revisit my previous Singapore Garden Festival adventures

2008 – Singapore Garden Festival 2008 and photos collection

2010 – Singapore Garden Festival 2010 and photos collection

This year Singapore Garden Festival 2012 – Asia’s Best Garden and Flower Show is in Full Bloom Again! This wonderful festival suits everybody from the young to the adults, from enthusiasts to the landscape gardening industry professional, there is something for everyone to relax and enjoy the flowers and greenery. Do check out Singapore Garden Festival Facebook site too for more news and updates of the event!

On level 6 of Suntec City Convention Centre, there’s where you can find the following

– Landscape and Fantasy Gardens

– Floral Windows to the World

– Balcony Gardens

On level 4 of Suntec City Convention Centre, there’s where you can find the following

– Singapore Orchid Show

– Garden Fiesta

– Vibrant Marketplace

My personal favourites of Singapore Garden Festival will definitely be the Landscape and Fantasy Gardens on level 6 !! There’s where I spent most of my time photographing from the wide angle to capture the entire garden view to using prime and telephoto for some close up shots of the gardens. The Singapore Garden Festival 2012 action on level 4 was great, the community engagement and participation were strong and vibrant, ranging from civic groups to schools participating and interacting with the visitors! There are opportunities for your children to be involved among the booths and displays,  getting to know more about flora and fauna. If you are looking to add something to your gardens or starting your own garden, head down to the marketplace!

Check my Singapore Garden Festival 2012 photos collection here! Pack your cameras and come down to Singapore Garden Festival 2012 at Suntec City! Here’s some information that will be useful for you –

Venue : Suntec Singapore

Opening Hours : 10am to 10pm daily

From : 7th July 2012 to 15th July 2012

Ticket Prices :

Weekday

Adult – $10

Concession (Child, Student, Senior Citizen) – $5

Family (2 Adults and 3 Concession) – $20

Weekend

Adult – $14

Concession (Child, Student, Senior Citizen) – $8

Family (2 Adults and 3 Concession) – $38

Take many photos at Singapore Garden Festival 2012 and share with your family members, loved ones, friends and colleagues! There’s a photography competition too and great prizes awaits you! Check out their page for more information! See you there at Singapore Garden Festival 2012 !!

I would like to thank Marina Bay Division and GolinHarris for the invitation, warm hospitality and hosting!


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20th WOC World Orchid Show Singapore 2011

Orchid, Singapore’s National Flower, an iconic symbol for Singapore around the world. Hosting the Orchids Olympics here in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, the 20th WOC World Orchid Show Singapore 2011 is hosted by Singapore from 13th November to 20th November 2011, organised by National Parks Board (NParks) and Orchid Society of Southeast Asia (OSSEA), with more than 75 stunning displays showcasing the world’s finest and most gorgeous orchids and hybrids, totaling over 50,000 orchids, of about 5,000 varieties, from 19 countries.

The 20th World Orchid Show Singapore 2011 reinforces our reputation as a Garden City, and Singapore is the only Asian City that has the rare privilege of hosting the World Orchid Conference for the 2nd time. This also shows us as a cosmopolitan city for conventions and exhibitions too. Entering the 20th World Orchid Conference at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, it’s so special, compared to the Singapore Garden Festivals held in 2006, 2008 and 2010, that I attended before.

It’s not about how big the size this Orchid Conference is being held here in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, the total number of orchids and varieties will blow you away, especially for those who love orchids and photographers who love the awesome opportunities to capture about 5,000 varieties of the beautiful and gorgeous orchids on display! The crowds were huge, from young to old, locals and international tourists, all admiring the orchids on display, smelling the sweet fragrance and aroma of the orchids, taking many photographs.

The theme for 20th WOC 2011 is “Where New and Old World Orchids Meet”, this definitely lives up to its reputation, with the number of orchids and hybrids on display. A photographer who loves to capture flora and fauna, this is a dream come true! I was actively finding and photographing the orchids, trying to get each and every different types of orchids and hybrids on display at the 20th WOC, a very challenging personal photography journey for me at 20th WOC Singapore 2011. Besides the orchids and hybrids on display there is a market place for visitors to buy their orchids and related products, with about 80 vendors from our local Singapore market and 17 countries/regions.

The 20th WOC World Orchid Conference Singapore 2011 is on facebook, do drop by and check them out! My photos taken at the 20th WOC Orchid Conference Singapore 2011 is uploaded here on Flickr! As you enter and leave the 20th WOC Conference, there is a giant signboard that said “Have You Found Your Little Piece of Paradise?” Have you found it ?


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Singapore Garden Festival 2010

A Garden City, a tag that describes Singapore, a cosmop0litan city with flora and fauna complementing her urban and high rise buildings. The Singapore Garden Festival 2010 reinforces its status as a Garden City and it was an event that showcase my different garden and floral designers under one roof, and of course, lots of flowers, plants, leaves !

The Singapore Garden Festival 2010 is in its 3rd year, with the previous 2 held in 2006 and 2008. When I read that it would be back this year, I was looking forward in excitement because this would a great opportunity to take many different photographs of flowers from Singapore and different parts of the world.

Inside the exhibition, the Landscape and Fantasy Gardens never fail to amaze me ! Their designs and layout are very interesting and mesmerising, by local and international designers of Garden Shows around the world. Crowds were drawn to the Landscape and Fantasy Gardens and many visitors were seen snapping photographs of different flowers and designs.

The Singapore Orchid Show at the Garden Festival is another great time and opportunity to capture orchids (many varieties) , showcasing our National flower, how rich and diverse the Orchid is. I would be able to start an Orchid collection on my Flickr soon ! Besides that, there were other segments such as Market Place and interactive area for the children by National Parks Singapore and National Environmental Agency.

The Singapore Garden Festival 2010 is held from 15th July 2010 to 22nd July 2010 from 10am to 10pm at Suntec Singapore. There are a few more days till the event ends, do drop by for a visit to Singapore Garden Festival 2010 !

Do drop by my Flickr for more photos ! Hope you all enjoy viewing the beautiful flowers !

Singapore Garden Festival 2008

In the month of July and August, they would be the 2 months whereby we would be to participate and enjoy many different types of events in Singapore.

One of them was the Singapore Garden Festival, well, before I write further, I have to thank my cousin Ching Ching for giving me a weekend ticket to the Singapore Garden Festival, the Singapore Garden Festival really blew me off, 2 floors of the Suntec City Convention Centre and the whole convention hall space was occupied.

The exhibition on the 6th Floor were divided into:

Level 6
Landscape and Fantasy Gardens
Featuring creations by local designers and top award-winning garden designers from around the world including Australia, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States of America.
Floral Windows to the World
Featuring colourful and vibrant cut-flower displays and floral masterpieces with stunning set design and lighting by floral designers from Belgium, France, India, Norway, Macau and more.

It was a real eye-opener, t here were so many many beautiful landscape designers from different parts of the world, that graced this wonderful event and showcased their world class landscape designs and horticulture. I really had a wonderful time taking phot os, there were some outstanding displays that caught my attention –

(1) Touching the Tulip by Nico Wissing
(2) Painting with Nature: An Everchanging Landscape by Dimitri Xenakis & Maro Avrabou
(3) Seeking Shangri-La by Peter Cheok
(4) IMBIZO yase Afrika by David Davidson


The above were my personal favourites and there were still many world class displays there too, the whole 6th floor of the convention hall was filled up and I was moving very fast to move around the various displays to take as many different photos.

I used my EF 17-40mm F4 L initially to capture most of my “landscape” photos first before switching to my EF 70- 200 F4 L for my “portrait” flowers photo shoot, trying to produce macro flowers using my telephoto lense 😉

Thereafter, I went down to the 4th floor and it was another set of flowers display –

Level 4
Singapore Orchid Show

Showcasing Southeast Asia’s rich and diverse heritage of orchids. A dazzling display of the most diverse botanical family and the most important plant group in the international floriculture industry.
Garden Fiesta
Offering educational, recreational and entertainment activities catering to the public, families, serious gardeners as well as hobbyists.
Vibrant MarketPlace

Offering a wide array of plants, gardening and landscape products and services, and arts & craft – all under one roof

Clarin
s Learning Garden
Here, children will get to learn through fun and games to love and respect Nature by being more aware of and making every effort to reduce their carbon footprint.

It was simply orchids and orchids, well, majority of them;) ….. It was a venue whereby I was asking myself, there were so many different breeds and varieties of orchids ? I threw my

self a challenge, to take as many different photos of the orchids on display there.

It had been quite a long time since I went to take photos of flora and fauna, used to love taking photos as it gave me a very quiet time to enjoy and improve my photography while enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature.

Do drop by my Flickr Set for more photos !

After an enjoyable photo taking session, I proceed on to my next event destination, K1 Grand Finale Day 1 at F1 Pit Building, with Isaac and Collin.
Stay tuned !