Strong French Representation at Singapore Garden Festival 2018 [fr]
The premier international garden and flower show returns for its seventh edition in July with a strong French representation.
World renowned French garden designer Pascal GARBE has been invited to the be Head Judge for the Fantasy Gardens competition at Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2018. In its seventh edition, the biennial event has established itself as a premier tropical garden and flower show, where garden and floral designers with at least one top accolade in the recent two to three years are invited to participate.
Pascal GARBE is internationally considered the leading expert in Garden Tourism and one of the best French garden designers. On his appointment, he says, “Undoubtedly, Singapore Garden Festival has become one of the two or three most prestigious garden events in the world. The world’s leading experts come to Singapore every two years to participate in this event. It is also a source of pride for France to be so well represented for the 2018’ Edition. This shows the dynamism of FRANCE in the world of Gardens.”
Other French representation at the Festival include Gregory CAZEAUX and Marguerite RIBSTEIN, founders of Ma.Gy Collectif, who have won in various garden festivals around France, including In the Gardens of William CHRISTIE and The International Garden Festival of Chaumont sur Loire. SGF 2018 will be their first international garden festival outside their home country. French master floral artist, Frederic DUPRE, will also be competing in the Floral Windows to the World competition.
SGF 2018 – bringing together globally recognised names for a floral extravaganza
Happening at Gardens by the Bay from 21 July to 3 August, SGF 2018 will gather top international designers for three star components – Landscape Gardens, Fantasy Gardens, and Floral Windows to the World.
As anchor displays, the Fantasy and Landscape Gardens will bring together celebrated luminaries from 11 countries for a showcase of creativity and horticulture excellence in 80 sqm show gardens. Separately, Floral Windows to the World will feature colourful and vibrant floral masterpieces complemented with stunning set design and lighting, by notable floral artists from around the world. For each competition, judges can hand out Gold, Silver and Bronze medals with the overall winner being awarded the “Best of Show” title.
As an international flower show, SGF 2018 will feature the new ASEAN Garden, a special feature to mark Singapore’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year. This non-competitive display will comprise a myriad of colourful blossoms symbolic of Southeast Asian nations, including lotuses, hibiscuses and orchids.
Another crowd favourite, the Orchid Extravaganza will place a spotlight on the world’s largest family of flowering plants and one of the most important plant groups in the international horticulture industry. The Secret Garden of Edibles will also allow visitors to enjoy a sensory experience with fruits and vegetables from temperate climates.
SGF blossoms into a stable of three signature shows
Having established itself as a premier garden show since it was first launched in 2006, the SGF brand will grow into three complementary flower and horticulture shows – SGF Orchid Show and SGF Horticulture Show – an indication of the Festival’s popularity amongst Singaporeans, international visitors and industry professionals.
The SGF Orchid Show, a partnership between Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks) and the Orchid Society of Southeast Asia, will acquaint visitors with this family of flowers through talks and demonstrations, orchid landscape displays and award-winning orchid plants. With its first show in April 2018, the SGF Orchid Show will prime Singapore to play its role as a host for the Asia Pacific Orchid Conference in 2022.
In early 2019, SGF Horticulture Show will have its first run, an opportunity for Singaporebased industry partners and students to showcase their expertise in areas like landscape design, horticulture skills such as growing and cultivating plants, and skyrise greenery. During the show period, Singapore will welcome delegates of the 7th International Symposium on the Taxonomy of Cultivated Plants.