Tuesday, June 15, 2010

About the Singapore Garden Festival

The Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) (simplified Chinese: 新加坡花园节; pinyin: XīnJiāPō HuāYuán Jié), Asia's best garden and flower show, is a biennial event held in Singapore. The festival is the first and only international garden show in the tropics to showcase creations from the world’s top award-winning garden and floral designers under one roof. The festival is organised by the National Parks Board of Singapore, in partnership with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), the Orchid Society of South East Asia (Singapore), the Singapore Gardening Society and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

The festival is a unique event featuring international landscape and garden designers, florists and horticulturists convening in a single location. This contrasts with other international horticultural events which feature mainly domestic and regional designers and market vendors.

The past two festivals combined attracted more than half a million visitors. The inaugural festival, held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre from December 16 to 25, 2006, attracted more than 200,000 visitors over a 10-day period. The 2008 festival attracted more than 300,000 visitors, approximately 30 per cent of which came from overseas. The festival featured 18 show gardens and 14 floral displays by 35 local and foreign award-winning landscape and garden designers, florists and horticulturists from 17 countries. The 2008 festival also featured a three-day international trade exhibition and conference, where leading internationally renowned experts provided insight into the emerging markets and trends that drive the landscape and horticulture industry. At the closing ceremony of the 2008 Festival, Minister for National Development Mr. Mah Bow Tan announced that the Festival is a fundamental element of the strategy to boost Singapore's transformation into a city in a garden and in raising the bar of the landscaping and horticulture industry.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Garden_Festival

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