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Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest launches two environment-focused exhibits
Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee tries Cloud Forest’s new Tree virtual reality experience, as Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh (left) looks on.
The newest exhibits in Gardens by the Bay’s cooled conservatory Cloud Forest – Orchids of the Amazon and the Tree virtual reality experience – may seem different, but both share a common environment-focused message.
Orchids of the Amazon is a display of exotic orchids that are native to the Amazon rainforest. Showcasing these orchids in Singapore brings the beauty and diversity that exist there closer to people living in this region, and raises awareness of the importance of protecting the Amazon rainforest.
Tree allows users to “become” a rainforest tree through the use of virtual reality. They will feel what it is like growing from a seedling to a full-fledged tree, then meeting a fate determined by the callous acts of mankind. This empathetic experience, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, is in Singapore for the first time.
Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee launched both exhibits today.
Orchids of the Amazon
In Orchids of the Amazon, 50 varieties of epiphytic orchids are showcased amidst a lush green landscape of ferns, aroids and bromeliads that bring to mind the dense foliage of the rainforest. Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants, and get their nutrients from the air and the surrounding environment.
The Amazonian rainforest is home to more than 700 species of orchids. The Orchids of the Amazon display showcases some of these orchids with interesting and unusual features. One species of note is Polycycnis Silvana, which bears numerous flowers which have arching columns that resemble the necks of graceful swans – “polycycnis” is derived from the Greek word for “many swans”. Another species to look out for is Warczewiczella amazonica, which is named after the Amazon, and whose lightly-scented white flowers are regarded as the largest in the Warczewiczella genus.
With the Amazon rainforest being home to a wide variety of biodiversity, the display also includes replicas of animals of the region such as capybaras, sloths and macaws.
A part of the biannual changing orchid displays in Cloud Forest, Orchids of the Amazon is the second orchid display for this year, and will run until March 29 next year.
Alongside the Orchids of the Amazon display is the Portraits of a Miniverse photo exhibition by Singaporean photographer Shannon Heng. In this exhibition, photographs of miniature orchids which are endemic to the Amazon region showcase the unexpected beauty of such tiny blooms, the smallest of which only measures 3mm. Portraits of a Miniverse will run until February 16 next year.
The Tree virtual reality experience is created by Milica Zec and Winslow Porter, in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance. The experience leverages on stimulating the four senses of sight, touch, smell and sound to enhance the user’s immersion in becoming a tree.
Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Tree has been showcased around the world in countries like USA, Hong Kong, Dubai, Denmark and the Netherlands. This year, it has travelled to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland as well as the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Cloud Forest’s Crystal Mountain section will house two booths where visitors can experience Tree. Tickets are priced at $5, which does not include the admission charge to Cloud Forest.
Tree at Gardens by the Bay will run until February 16 next year and is supported by Woh Hup, HP Inc, Bose Corporation and SUBPAC Inc.
Orchids of the Amazon
Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019 – Sunday, 29 March 2020
Time: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Location: Cloud Forest
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies
Social Media: #OrchidsoftheAmazonGBB
Portraits of a Miniverse
Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019 – Sunday, 16 February 2020
Time: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Location: Cloud Forest
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies
Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019 – Sunday, 16 February 2020
Time: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Location: Cloud Forest
Details: Tickets to Tree are $5 and can be purchased from the ticketing counter at The Canopy. Admission charge to Cloud Forest applies.
Please refer to the Annex for the media factsheets on Orchids of the Amazon, Portraits of a Miniverse and Tree.
Journey through the Nordics this Christmas at Gardens by the Bay’s Poinsettia Wishes floral display
Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore Her Excellency Dorte Bech Vizard and her husband Mr Jotham Vizard at Gardens by the Bay’s Poinsettia Wishes floral display, which draws inspiration from the Nordic region this year.
Embark on a whimsical journey through five Nordic countries this holiday season as Gardens by the Bay presents its first-ever Nordic-themed floral display in Flower Dome.
This year’s Poinsettia Wishes, which features some of the iconic architecture found in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, is creatively directed by the Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore Her Excellency Dorte Bech Vizard.
Reflecting the theme and nature of the display, Her Excellency Dorte Bech Vizard was joined at the launch today by Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Singapore His Excellency Antti Tapani Vänskä, Ambassador of the Republic of Iceland to Singapore Her Excellency Sigridur Asdís Snaevarr, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Singapore Her Excellency Anita Nergaard, and Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Singapore Ms Helena Reitberger.
(From left) Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Singapore Ms Helena Reitberger, Ambassador of the Republic of Iceland to Singapore Her Excellency Sigridur Asdís Snaevarr, Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Singapore His Excellency Antti Tapani Vänskä, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Singapore Her Excellency Anita Nergaard, Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore Her Excellency Dorte Bech Vizard, and Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh sprinkling ‘snow’ onto the Poinsettia Wishes floral display in the Flower Dome.
CEO of Gardens by the Bay Mr Felix Loh said, “There’s something magical about our year-end seasonal floral display, coupled with the winter-like conditions in the Flower Dome, that never fails to evoke a sense of wonder and joy. Our creative team is always looking for new ways to share the joy of the season with our visitors. We are honoured to have the opportunity to work with Her Excellency Dorte Bech Vizard to bring a slice of Nordic Christmas to the tropics for this 2019 edition.”
Iconic Nordic landmarks feature in annual display
Peppered across the Flower Dome are Christmas scenes that incorporate a number of Nordic landmarks, such as the Bolgen building in Denmark, Santa Claus Village in Finland, Hallgrimskirkja church in Iceland, Vennesla library in Norway, and Triangeln train station in Sweden.
A choir of adorable Nordic gnomes called Nisse add to the festive cheer as a conductor leads them in song.
Widest range of poinsettia varieties to date
The yuletide scenes are set amidst a landscape of poinsettias – a flower closely associated with Christmas. Some 7,500 poinsettia plants of over 30 varieties – the widest range to date in Flower Dome – will be featured throughout the duration of the display. These are mostly cultivated in the Netherlands by Dümmen Orange, the world’s largest breeder and propagator, including 15 varieties that will be introduced in Gardens by the Bay for the first time.
New varieties include the vibrant ‘Golden Glo’, with a bright yellow hue that complements the traditional red poinsettias; the unusual ‘Winter Rose Early Red’ with ruffled bracts that contrast with the typical flat-bracted poinsettias; and the delicate ‘Premium Marble’ with creamy white bracts and a light pink blaze down the centre.
Poinsettia Wishes runs till 5 January 2020.
Date: 8 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
Time: 9am – 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.
Social Media: #GardensbytheBay #PoinsettiaWishesGBB
Please refer to the Annex for highlights of Poinsettia Wishes.
Singaporeans invited to choose their favourite design for the Founders' Memorial
Next month, Singaporeans will have the opportunity to take a first look at the five shortlisted designs for the Founders’ Memorial, and choose their favourite design. The shortlisted designs will be part of the Founders’ Memorial Design Showcase, which will travel island-wide from November to December 2019. Beyond the travelling showcase, Singaporeans can also choose their favourite design online. One of these five designs will eventually become the Founders’ Memorial, slated to open in 2027.
Mr Lee Tzu Yang, Chairman of the Founders’ Memorial Committee, said: “Singaporeans have contributed their views on the development of the Founders’ Memorial at key junctures, since it was first proposed in 2015. We have heard from Singaporeans at different stages, from the Memorial’s objectives and concept, to its physical features and location. As a landmark for us to be collectively inspired by the values and ideals of our founders, we invite Singaporeans to be a part of the making of the Memorial – by choosing their favourite design.”
The Making of the Founders’ Memorial
Located at Bay East Garden1, the Founders’ Memorial is envisioned to be an integrated building and garden experience, with exhibition galleries, landscaped spaces and art installations. When complete, it will feature stories on values exemplified by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore’s first generation of leaders, and other key personalities who have played important roles in Singapore’s path to independence and in its early years. These values include those captured in our National Pledge, such as multiracialism, and others like boldness, adaptability, integrity and resilience. The Memorial’s vision and concept were distilled following various phases of engagements with Singaporeans, who expressed their hope for a Founders’ Memorial that is unique to Singapore, a landmark that shares the values and ideals that built our nation, and inspires future generations.
To turn the vision of the Founders’ Memorial into a reality, a two-stage international architectural design competition was launched in January 2019 to gather the best ideas for this landmark2. Stage One of the competition closed on 5 April 2019, with a strong response of 193 submissions from both local and foreign firms. Five designs were selected anonymously by the Jury Panel to proceed to Stage Two of the competition. By Stage Two, all shortlisted design entries are required to have local architectural firms in their teams.
Public engagement workshops were held end May 2019, where members of the public were invited to view the shortlisted conceptual designs, and offer their views on the visitor experience as potential visitors of the memorial. Feedback from these workshops was shared with the shortlisted teams for their consideration. In Stage Two, the shortlisted architectural teams developed and refined the design concepts according to more detailed requirements. Their final designs were subsequently submitted at the end of Stage Two of the competition on 30 September 2019.
The Five Shortlisted Designs
The five shortlisted designs and teams are (in alphabetical order):
8DGE + RSP Architects
The Founders’ Memorial is a beacon that guides Singapore into the future. The architecture is designed as a circle rising above a landscaped podium. The podium is an open space where visitors are channelled into the centre. This is called the Origin: a symbolic common space for everyone, regardless of race, language or religion. Rising above is the circle, representing harmony and inclusiveness. The circle tilts towards the sky, as if Singapore’s aspirations have taken flight, against all odds. The journey cumulates in the viewing gallery, where a panoramic view of Singapore’s skyline awaits, upon which we reflect on our past and embrace the future.
Ms Tan Ming Yin, 8DGE Founder & Design Principal, said: “Founders’ Memorial is about more than remembrance. It is also about hope and a reflection of our founders’ values. 8DGE designed for a journey that not only looks inwards – a contemplative space where we ponder on our beginnings – but also outwards, where we set our sights upon the future. The architecture conveys both a contemplative yet expressive presence. At night, the Founders’ Memorial lights up, like a shining star in the universe.”
Cox Architecture + architects61
The Singapore flag is the inspiration for the site, which is marked by five pathways – representing the five stars and the abstracted crescent moon – the Memorial. Each pathway is a physical celebration of the ideals that each star of the flag represents – democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.
The social history, trials, tribulations and victories of the Singaporean people act as the inspiration for the internal makeup of the Memorial. It is a place of internal and collective reflection whereby the act of procession through the building is a journey to understanding the rich and complex history of the nation.
Mr Philip Cox, Founder, Cox Architecture, said: “The Founders’ Memorial is an abstraction symbolising Singapore bridging the past and the future over water and land within a park environment. It incorporates Singapore’s history of development through a series of spaces climaxing with stunning views of Singapore today. The building is timeless in its expression, a shape that is elegant, enticing and evocative of its content.”
The memorial is a quiet yet powerful tribute to our founding fathers and their selfless giving to nation building. Shaped like a cradle, its curved form is inspired by the hands of our founding fathers – hands that have worked tirelessly, placing nation above self, to nurture a young nation into the independent Republic it is today.
Its form, cupped in a gesture of giving, nestles the iconic Singapore skyline in its cusp. It expresses our founders’ commitment and aspirations; where our present successes and future of our nation are possible through the core values we have inherited from our founders.
Ms Angelene Chan, CEO, DP Architects, said: “The human hand is a compelling symbol, universally resonating with strength, guidance, hard work and honesty – these are the hands of our founders; and formed the starting point of our design. From this, we created a Form that represents their contribution to Singapore’s growth. Like a cradle of cupped hands, it presents the gift of our nation to a future generation. In this gesture of giving, our design is an expression of gratitude for how they have raised a nation.”
Johnson Pilton Walker + RDC Architects
We have crafted a memorial design that rises out of the earth to evoke the crescent moon of the national flag; symbolising a young, rising nation. It looks to the future.
To honour the past, the arrival experience celebrates the diversity of Singapore’s people, who are gathered together from all corners of the world to the central plaza, united by shared founding values. This is the epicentre of the experience, engraved in many languages.
Set on the water, amidst lush gardens, and with panoramic skyline views, this is a timeless, civic place accessible for all and allowing growth into the future.
Mr Brendan Murray, Senior Associate, Johnson Pilton Walker, said: “Our design has people at its heart. We were inspired by the idea that people from different cultures can come together and live in harmony: Singapore has this remarkable story to tell. And so, the place we’ve created comes straight from the heart: the design draws people together to a central focal point, to meet each other and be reminded of the values that unite them. It’s an emotional and inclusive experience, evoking a young nation rising to the future.”
Kengo Kuma & Associates + K2LD Architects
The Founders’ Memorial draws from monuments of the past and the context of the present to create a space for the future.
The concept originates from a path; a journey retracing the legacy of the founders. Multiple paths shape the architecture and landscape, inviting visitors to reflect, learn, and share while contemplating the dynamic skyline or the lush gardens. All paths lead to the memorial amphitheatre where visitors gather for milestone events.
As a living memorial, the proposal extends the legacy of The Garden City into the future for generations to come.
Mr Kengo Kuma, Principal at Kengo Kuma & Associates, said: “More than a building, we envision a garden park: a place for all people to gather close to nature. The basis of the design, The Founders’ Path, is a central spine, which cuts through the garden, defining the new topography with memorial slopes emerging from the landscape to house the programme. A network of meandering paths and canopies reaches out from the garden, drawing visitors inward; offering glimpses of the memorial, and finally revealing the city skyline beyond.”
Please refer to Annex A for more images of the five shortlisted designs.
Bringing the Memorial to Life – Garnering Public Feedback on the Designs
The five shortlisted designs will be publicly displayed this November and December, as part of the Founders’ Memorial Design Showcase. At the showcase, which will be in all four official languages, visitors can view the five designs, and choose their favourite at interactive feedback stations. They can also learn more about the Founders’ Memorial project. To enable visitors to better understand each design, an architectural model, accompanied by information boards and a video on the design concept and features, will be on display. The showcase will kick off at IMM on 4 November 2019, and later rove to venues island-wide. Please refer to Annex B for the dates and venues of the travelling showcase.
Beyond the travelling showcase, Singaporeans can also view the five designs online and choose their favourite design at foundersmemorial.sg, by 31 December 2019. The public feedback from both the showcase and online3 will be collated and provided to the Jury Panel, who will take it into account as they evaluate the submissions and select the winning design. The Jury will also consider several other factors such as functionality and technical feasibility of the schemes. The winning design will be announced by Q1 2020.
1 Bay East Garden was chosen through public consultation as it symbolically captures Singapore’s journey as a nation: The panoramic view of the evolving cityscape, is a nod to Singapore’s economic growth and urban development; the site on reclaimed land along the Marina Reservoir reminds us how we have dealt with our water and land constraints; and the garden setting reflects our development as a ‘Garden City’, and now ‘City in a Garden’.
2 Beyond comprising a series of internal and external spaces that are intended to convey the story and meaning of Singapore’s founding values and ideals, the Founders’ Memorial is envisaged to have significant civic presence, integrate architectural and landscape design, and be accessible to visitors.
3 Only feedback received before 31 December 2019 will be considered.
ST Engineering unveils new on-demand autonomous shuttle service at Gardens by the Bay
A newly enhanced Auto Rider that will offer on-demand autonomous shuttle service and a novel night-time ride experience was unveiled today at Gardens by the Bay.
The Auto Rider at Gardens by the Bay became the first fully operational autonomous vehicle in Asia when it debuted in 2015. The new fleet, which boasts enhanced features including the ability to carry more passengers and operate for a longer period, is the product of collaboration between ST Engineering and a consortium of partners. Designed and manufactured by French company NAVYA, a global leader in autonomous vehicles and driving systems for the transport of passengers and goods, it will be operated jointly by WILLERS, the Singapore subsidiary of Japan’s largest private bus operator, and CarClub, Singapore’s largest car-sharing operator.
From Saturday, 26 October, visitors at the Gardens will be able to book a shuttle ride using the Auto Rider @ Gardens by the Bay mobile app or at self-ticketing kiosks located at the boarding and alighting points. A cashless payment system has also been integrated with the booking system, offering greater convenience.
The new Auto Rider will also boast a state-of-the-art transparent film technology that incorporates light effects and projects artistic images onto the windows. In the evening, the effects are visible from outside the vehicles, and does not affect the transparency of the windows for the passengers looking out from within.
Dr. Lee Shiang Long, President, Land Systems of ST Engineering said, “Over the years, ST Engineering has been building up autonomous capabilities. From the Auto Rider at Gardens by the Bay to the STROBO Bus on Sentosa, we continuously engage customers and gather public feedback. These insights accelerate our understanding of the engineering challenges and application of this new technology, enabling us to deliver customised and practical autonomous mobility solutions that offers positive user experience.”
Said Mr Shigetaka Murase, CEO of WILLERS, “Autonomous vehicles have the potential to be a new mobility solution in resolving social issues in different countries. At Gardens by the Bay, we aim to provide an autonomous shuttle that will deliver a new user experience to make visits more enjoyable. It shall not only make travelling more convenient, but also provide an entertaining and exciting ride experience.”
Mr Etienne Hermite, CEO, NAVYA, said, “NAVYA is excited to work with ST Engineering, WILLERS and CarClub to bring its globally deployed autonomous shuttle to Gardens by the Bay. It is an ideal environment to showcase the ways in which driverless vehicles integrate into our everyday lives.”
Mr Felix Loh, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Gardens by the Bay has always been known to break new ground in the way that we connect people and plants, and this includes tapping on technology to reach out to an urban generation. The new Auto Rider not only provides an alternative mode of getting around, but enhances the overall visitor experience of the Gardens. Its extended operating hours also complement our myriad offerings in the day and night.”
The new Auto Rider will ply a 1.5km route in the Gardens, between Bayfront Plaza (next to Bayfront MRT station) and the cooled conservatories, from 10am to 9pm daily.
More than 80 varieties of rhododendrons on show for the first time in Gardens by the Bay’s new ‘Rhododendron Radiance’ floral display
For the first time in Singapore, visitors to Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome will get to experience the lush blooms of more than 80 varieties of rhododendrons, which have been brought in for the inaugural Rhododendron Radiance floral display. Rhododendron Radiance will run from today until October 28.
Rhododendrons are flowering bushes well-loved by gardeners around the world for their showy flowers that bloom in clusters, and run the gamut of colours from red and pink, to yellow and white.
Some of the varieties of rhododendrons to look out for are Rhododendron ‘Mount Loma Prieta’ which has striking pink flowers with apricot-yellow centres; Rhododendron ‘Meadow Lemon’, whose red-hued buds eventually become pale yellow flowers; and Rhododendron ‘Sierra Sunset’, whose bold blooms combine orange, yellow and cream tones.
The floral display also features more than 10 varieties of azaleas, a close cousin of the rhododendron.
These rhododendrons and azaleas were brought in from New Zealand. Due to its location in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand’s four seasons run counter to countries in the Northern Hemisphere, such as those in Europe and East Asia, as well as North America.
Spring in New Zealand begins in September, which is when the rhododendrons in the country’s renowned parks and gardens bloom. With perpetual spring in the climate-controlled Flower Dome, visitors to Flower Dome will get to enjoy the beautiful rhododendrons of New Zealand the same time that New Zealanders are experiencing these blooms.
Visitors will also get to see Gardens by the Bay’s bear mascots enjoying outdoor activities amidst the masses of brightly-coloured flowers. See the eight bears try their paws at camping, fishing, zip-lining and even hot air ballooning – activities reminiscent of the outdoor life in the national parks of New Zealand.
Rhododendron Radiance floral display
Date: Friday, 27 September – Monday, 28 October
Time: 9am - 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies.
Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/rhododendron for more details.
Giant revolving lantern wrapped around a Supertree a first for Gardens by the Bay's Mid-Autumn Festival
The Giant Revolving Lantern (巨型走马灯) wrapped around a Supertree is an immersive experience for visitors to learn about the legend of Chang E and Hou Yi.
At Gardens by the Bay’s upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival 2019, visitors will be able to stroll into the “Giant Revolving Lantern” (巨型走马灯), which envelops an iconic Supertree and offers visitors an immersive experience of the legend of Chang E and Hou Yi.
It is a reinterpretation of the traditional “Zou Ma Deng”, or “trotting horse lamp”, where heat from a candle causes paper cuttings hanging within the lamp to rotate, casting moving shadows on the outer panels.
Gardens by the Bay’s version measures 30 metres across and has 4.5-metre-high inner panels, which rotate and tell the story of Chang E and Hou Yi through artwork inspired by Chinese shadow puppetry, as Chinese instrumental music plays in the background.
The “Giant Revolving Lantern” is one of the 14 lantern sets that will light up the Gardens during Mid-Autumn Festival 2019. This year’s festival is themed “Legacies” (传承) and will run from August 30 to September 15.
Other lantern sets of note include “Water Colours” (山明水秀), which brings to life a Chinese landscape painting, and “Martial Arts” (武山徒步), which showcases characters practising their moves amidst nature. These two lantern sets complement each other and stretch over 120 metres on water – the longest lantern installation in the Gardens to date.
There is also “Joyous Union” (喜结良缘), a depiction of a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony where the groom brings his bride home in a sedan chair; “String Puppet” (传承布袋戏), a depiction of the art of Chinese puppetry; and the dramatic “Dragon Dance” (武龙戏珠) where a dragon’s winding body forms a 47-metre-long archway.
On August 30, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong will launch Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 at the newly opened Bayfront Plaza, a community space next to Bayfront MRT station. This is the first time that Gardens by the Bay’s Mid-Autumn Festival is launched under the beautiful lattice structure, from which 90 lanterns will be hung. The launch will continue with an energetic lantern procession led by an LED dragon dance, festival mascots and guides holding colourful fish lanterns on poles.
In addition, from Wednesdays to Sundays during the festival, 10 local arts groups will delight the crowd with free cultural performances. Visitors can also look forward to community displays featuring more than 2,250 lanterns hand-painted by Singaporeans from all walks of life, engaging games, and a food street.
Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 is organised by Gardens by the Bay, in partnership with the Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, People’s Association, SMRT Experience, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Tote Board. The event is supported by the National Arts Council, and sponsors Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, and Sheng Siong Group.
MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL 2019
Date: Friday, 30 August – Sunday, 15 September
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Location: Gardens by the Bay
Details: Programmes are free unless otherwise indicated. For more details, visit gardensbythebay.com.sg/midautumn.
Lanterns depicting Chinese legacies light up Gardens by the Bay's Mid-Autumn Festival
From August 30 to September 15, Gardens by the Bay’s Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 (滨海花园庆中秋) pays tribute to Chinese folklore, traditions and practices with brand new lantern concepts, while complementary performances and activities immerse visitors in the Chinese culture.
Dazzling Lantern Sets
An enthralling display of 14 Lantern Sets (巨型灯展) will be on show throughout Gardens by the Bay.
Taking centre stage this year is the Giant Revolving Lantern (巨型走马灯), which measures 30 metres in diameter and is wrapped around a Supertree. This lantern set is a reimagining of the traditional “Zou Ma Deng” (走马灯), which rotates because of the heat of the candle within and casts shadowed designs of a horse trotting on its panels. Gardens by the Bay’s version, located at the Supertree Grove, is the first lantern in its seven years of Mid-Autumn Festivals to offer an immersive experience for visitors, as they can walk through the lantern set to see the story of Chang E and Hou Yi unfolding on the panels.
The Dragonfly Lake will be illuminated with two floating lantern sets – Water Colours (山明水秀), a Chinese landscape painting of mountains and a waterfall brought to three-dimensional life, and Martial Arts (武山徒步) where characters practise their moves amidst nature. Spreading over 120 metres on water, they form the longest lantern installation in the Gardens to date.
Visitors can also look forward to Lattice of Lights (光彩花灯), consisting of 90 one-metre-tall lanterns hanging from the roof of the lattice structure at the newly opened Bayfront Plaza. For the first time, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong will launch Mid-Autumn Festival at Bayfront Plaza on August 30 with this beautiful setting as a backdrop.
This lantern-inspired pavilion designed by lecturers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) invites visitors to explore different perspectives of the Gardens depending on where they stand within the structure. A reinterpretation of the traditional lantern, AIRMESH (轻亭) is the first structure in Singapore made out of 3D-printed stainless steel that complies with building codes and is inhabitable for people.
Singaporeans from all walks of life have also come together to hand-paint 2,000 lanterns that form the Colonnade of Lights (灯廊), while Illuminations of Joy (挂灯结彩) celebrates the festivity of Mid-Autumn through 250 lanterns painted by seniors from seven social service organisations. In Leaps of Joy (鱼跃欢腾), the six koi fish featured were repurposed from a previous collaboration with community groups.
Mass Lantern Walk, Cultural Performances, and other activities
To encourage community participation, members of public are invited to join in a Mass Lantern Walk led by a magnificent LED dragon and stilt walkers at Bayfront Plaza on September 14. They can also collect a free lantern, while stocks last.
Visitors will also be treated to free Cultural Performances (传说传艺庆中秋) every Wednesday to Sunday for the duration of Mid-Autumn Festival 2019. Ten home-grown arts groups will showcase Singapore’s different ethnic heritage through music and dance.
Other activities include Lantern Riddles (猜灯谜) where wit and skills will be put to test. And of course, no festival is complete without food – the popular Food Street (美食街) will make its return with a spread of Asian delights to satiate hungry stomachs.
This year’s Mid-Autumn celebration is organised by Gardens by the Bay, in partnership with the Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, People’s Association, SMRT Experience, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Tote Board. The event is supported by the National Arts Council, and sponsors Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, and Sheng Siong Group.
MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL 2019
Date: Friday, 30 August – Sunday, 15 September
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Location: Gardens by the Bay
Details: Programmes are free unless otherwise indicated. For more details, visit gardensbythebay.com.sg/midautumn.
The unlikely friendship between a girl and a snake comes to life at Gardens by the Bay this August
Legends of Singapore performers will be bringing “The Friendly Snake” (pictured above) and “The Scourge of the Swordfish” to life on 2-4 August and 16-18 August, as part of Gardens by the Bay’s line-up of National Day celebratory activities.
The touching tale of the friendship between a snake and a village girl was brought to life under the beautiful lattice structure at Bayfront Plaza today, as actors and musicians involved in Legends of Singapore rehearsed for its premiere tomorrow.
Legends of Singapore is a series of performances retelling two local fables, The Friendly Snake and The Scourge of the Swordfish. It will take place at Gardens by the Bay’s outdoor gardens over two weekends, August 2 to August 4, and August 16 to August 18, and is part of the Gardens’ line-up of National Day celebratory activities.
Today, visitors got a sneak preview of the tale of The Friendly Snake, which was retold through a vibrant combination of song, dance, drama, and puppetry. SAtheCollective, a group of musicians who put a contemporary spin on ethnic instruments, provided the music.
The other local tale in Legends of Singapore, The Scourge of the Swordfish, is the story of how Bukit Merah got its name, and will take place at the Malay Garden. Orkestar Trio, who play traditional Malay instruments with a modern interpretation, will provide the music for The Scourge of the Swordfish.
CEO of Gardens by the Bay Felix Loh said, “The outdoor gardens at Gardens by the Bay are beautiful spaces, some showcasing the rich heritage of Singapore through plants and landscaping, and serve as wonderful settings for events. We hope to introduce these lesser known, but nonetheless charming, green spaces to our visitors by holding more activities here.”
Legends of Singapore is produced by Dick Lee Asia, with creative direction by Dick Lee and costume design by designer Yang Derong. It is scripted by Jean Tay, and directed by Lewin Bernard with Bright Ong serving as assistant director and puppet consultant.
All performances are free. For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/legends.
Performance schedule for Legends of Singapore
Fri, 2 Aug – Sun, 4 Aug
Fri, 16 Aug – Sun, 18 Aug
All performances are free
The Scourge of the Swordfish
4.00pm – 4.10pm
The Friendly Snake
4.25pm – 4.35pm
Lattice at Bayfront Plaza
Please refer to the Media Factsheet for more information.
Other National Day events at Gardens by the Bay:
Orchid Extravaganza – ‘Our Singapop’ Edition
This year’s Orchid Extravaganza celebrates Singapore’s pop culture with a creative spin on familiar icons, as seen through the eyes of multi-talented Singaporean singer-songwriter Dick Lee. Melding floral artistry and pop art, the orchid display features landmarks and objects that have become part of local culture. From housing to recreation and food, these have been given a playful makeover under the creative direction of Dick Lee and designer Yang Derong, to reflect Singapore’s unique blend of tradition and modernity. They stand out amidst a colourful landscape of over 15,000 orchids, comprising more than 80 varieties including heritage orchids such as Aranthera Anne Black, Aranda Bertha Braga and Dendrobium Tay Swee Keng.
Date: Friday, 26 July – Sunday, 15 September
Time: 9am – 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies.
For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/orchid.
Gardens by the Bay and Mediacorp National Day Concert
Come celebrate our nation during the National Day long weekend! Join us for two days of exciting performances by Singapore's best, including Dick Lee, Kit Chan, Jasmine Sokko, Kumar, Aisyah Aziz and many more! Don't miss fun family activities, food trucks, a chance to get up-close and personal with your favourite local celebrities and so much more! You can also get a free gift while stocks last. Dress in your best red and white attire, and prepare for all-weather fun – bring a light poncho with you too!
Date: 10 & 11 August
Time: 4pm – 9.30pm
Location: The Meadow
Details: Free admission For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/nationaldayconcert.
Garden Rhapsody – Songs of Singapore
To celebrate National Day, Songs of Singapore, a special edition of Garden Rhapsody – the signature light and music show at Gardens by the Bay’s Supertree Grove – will play in the month of August. This commemorative edition features eleven well-loved Singapore songs performed and re-arranged by local musicians including Joanna Dong, Rani Singam, Vocaluptuous and Linying, with creative direction by producer and lighting designer Adrian Tan, and music composer and arranger Bang Wenfu, who have worked together on several editions of Garden Rhapsody through the years.
Date: Thursday, 1 August – Thursday, 29 August
Time: 7.45pm and 8.45pm (Additional 9.45pm show from August 9 to August 12)
Location: Supertree Grove
Details: Free admission
Gardens by the Bay unveils exciting line-up of National Day celebratory activities
Legends of Singapore performers flanking (L-R) Yang Derong; Rahimah Rahim; Dick Lee; Gardens by the Bay’s CEO Felix Loh; Jarrell Huang; Dick Lee Asia’s Chief Operations Officer Edwin Koh; Gardens by the Bay’s Senior Director of Conservatory Operations Andy Kwek
To commemorate Singapore’s bicentennial year, visitors to Gardens by the Bay can look forward to a myriad of diverse activities celebrating National Day. The majority of these events have no admission charge.
Starting things off is the Orchid Extravaganza – ‘Our SingaPop’ Edition floral display in Flower Dome. This year’s wildly colourful Orchid Extravaganza, which opens on July 26, was put together under the creative direction of Dick Lee, and designed by costume designer Yang Derong.
Then on two weekends – August 2 to August 4 and August 16 to August 18 – two areas of the outdoor gardens will come to life with performances in Legends of Singapore. Produced by Dick Lee Asia under the creative direction of Dick Lee, performers will enact The Scourge of the Swordfish – the story of how Bukit Merah got its name – and The Friendly Snake. All performances are free.
On August 10 and August 11 of the National Day weekend, the two-day Gardens by the Bay and Mediacorp National Day Concert will take place at The Meadow. Featuring acts such as Kit Chan, Dick Lee, Rahimah Rahim, Jasmine Sokko, Kumar, Aisyah Aziz and Fakkah Fuzz, the concert is free for all to attend. President Halimah Yacob is the guest of honour on August 10.
In addition, Garden Rhapsody, the popular nightly light and sound show at Supertree Grove will be playing a brand new local theme from August 1 to August 29. This commemorative edition, Garden Rhapsody – Songs of Singapore, features 11 well-loved Singapore songs performed and re-arranged by local musicians including Joanna Dong, Rani Singam, Vocaluptuous and Linying.
Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh said, “The love and support of our local community is a big part of why Gardens by the Bay is what it is today. As a way to thank all Singaporeans, we have curated a line-up of exciting events in our Gardens, most without admission charge. With something that appeals to everyone, we hope Singaporeans will join us in this unique celebration of our bicentennial year."
Please refer to the Media Factsheet for more information.
Dümmen Orange and Gardens by the Bay sign Memorandum of Understanding to broaden collaboration
Left photo: (left to right) Biense Visser (CEO Dümmen Orange), Felix Loh (CEO Gardens by the Bay), Harry Kloppenburg (CCO Dümmen Orange). Right photo: The display of Dümmen Orange's finest cultivars of flowers at Gardens by the Bay will include interesting poinsettia cultivars of different colours for the Gardens' year-end floral display, Poinsetta Wishes.
Dümmen Orange, world’s largest breeder and propagator, and Gardens by the Bay, a premier horticultural attraction in Singapore, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on May 27, 2019, to develop and broaden their collaboration.
The MoU will create access to the best of both worlds in the following areas:
Yeunjoo Park, President Dümmen Orange Asia, states, “Landscaping is an important segment that will drive growth for Dümmen Orange in Asia Pacific. Therefore, it is an honour to partner with a landmark landscape player like Gardens by the Bay. We are confident that Dümmen Orange is best positioned to serve Gardens by the Bay, based on our rich crop portfolio, cutting edge breeding and global network of our grower customers.”
Felix Loh, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, adds, “This collaboration perfectly complements Gardens by the Bay’s vision of bringing a world of gardens to Singapore for all to own, enjoy and cherish. We are delighted to be teaming up with leading industry players such as Dümmen Orange to showcase to our visitors the best of floral genetics from the horticultural world at Gardens by the Bay.”
Gardens by the Bay spreads holiday cheer with toy donation drive at Children’s Festival
Students from Global Mindz Eden Preschool contributing to the toy donation drive at Children’s Festival in Gardens by the Bay.
Over 45 pre-schoolers from Global Mindz Eden Preschool gifted their toys during a visit to Children’s Festival 2019 at Gardens by the Bay today. They were participating in a toy donation drive that is being held in conjunction with the Children’s Festival, which runs till 30 June.
The toy donation drive builds on the community element of Children’s Festival, an annual free event at Gardens by the Bay where children gather for an enjoyable time with family and friends amidst nature. Children’s Festival hopes to foster community spirit where visitors are encouraged to bring along new or pre-loved soft toys, play sets, board games, and sports equipment, to the toy collection point at Supertree Grove. The toys collected will be gifted to some 300 children under the care of The Salvation Army, TOUCH Community Services (TOUCH Child Care), and Food from the Heart, at the end of the Festival.
"We find the toy donation drive very meaningful as it provides a great opportunity for our students to contribute in their own way and to put into action the values that they learn in school such as kindness and compassion," said Caroline Lim, Principal of Global Mindz Eden Preschool.
This year’s Children’s Festival at Gardens by the Bay sees the transformation of Supertree Grove into a colourful carnival filled with family-friendly games and activities, inspired by Buzz, Woody and the gang in an all-new Toy Story adventure. The event is made possible as part of the three-year collaboration between Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia (Disney) to provide unique and fun experiences at Singapore’s attractions and precincts, themed around Disney’s popular stories and characters.
Admission to the Festival is free. Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/childrensfestival for more information.
Free admission to Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome well received by Pioneer and Merdeka Singaporeans
Gardens by the Bay CEO Mr Felix Loh shows a senior Singaporean a fragrant rose variety at the Rose Romance floral display in Flower Dome on the first “Seniors Tuesday”. From June this year, Pioneer and Merdeka Singaporeans will enjoy complimentary entry to Flower Dome on the second Tuesday of each month for one year.
Today marked the first “Seniors Tuesday” at Gardens by the Bay, an initiative that will provide Pioneer and Merdeka Singaporeans with complimentary admission to Flower Dome every second Tuesday of the month, for a year until May 2020. As of 3pm, more than 1,900 Singaporeans in their 60s, 70s or older enjoyed the offer and had the opportunity to catch the new Rose Romance floral display where more than 40 varieties of roses adorn a romantic European garden setting.
“Seniors Tuesday” is part of the expanded Gift of Gardens, a community outreach programme that aims to make the Gardens one that people from all walks of life can enjoy. The programme provides complimentary access to the cooled conservatories to local residents who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit such as those who lack the resources, or individuals with disabilities. To date, more than 105,000 Singaporeans, including holders of the Comcare Long Term Assistance Scheme and the Developmental Disability Registry Card, have benefitted from Gift of Gardens, which has as Patron the President of the Republic of Singapore Madam Halimah Yacob.
CEO of Gardens by the Bay Mr Felix Loh said, “Gardens by the Bay would not have been successful without the popular support of all Singaporeans. The Gift of Gardens programme is a key channel for us to give back to the community and reach out to different segments of the population. The Pioneer and Merdeka generations have contributed much in building up Singapore and this is our way of honouring them for their important contributions.”
The next “Seniors Tuesday” will take place on 9 July. Pioneer and Merdeka Singaporeans can produce their Pioneer/Merdeka Generation card, or Merdeka Generation eligibility letter, at the entrance of Flower Dome to enjoy free admission.
SP Group and Gardens by the Bay pilot zero-waste gasification system
SP Group (SP) and Gardens by the Bay announced plans to pilot a zero-waste solution at the Gardens. Using compact gasification technology to convert waste into thermal energy and biochar (carbonised biomass), the system could help to reduce carbon emissions by up to 20 per cent. The smart waste management system could enable sustainable zero-waste districts to be viable in Singapore, bringing the country closer towards a circular economy.
At the Ecosperity Week 2019, SP and Gardens by the Bay signed an agreement on the rollout of the system, supported by Temasek. The signing was witnessed by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Masagos Zulkifli.
Gasification is an alternative to incineration and it reduces waste to only five per cent of its original volume. There is also no need for the sorting of plastics from general or food waste. This addresses some of Singapore’s key waste disposal challenges.
Without the need to transport waste to offsite incineration plants, the use of refuse trucks will also be reduced significantly. This will help to ease traffic conditions and further reduce carbon emissions.
The pilot system can handle up to one tonne of waste per day and converts the waste into energy by-products as well as biochar for the Gardens. The main by-product is synthesis gas (syngas) that can be used for thermal heating. The biochar has been known to be used as a soil amendment in agriculture and horticulture, to condition the soil.
Mr Jimmy Khoo, CEO, Singapore District Cooling, SP Group, said, “We are developing district solutions to help Singapore achieve its sustainability goals. This paves the way for decentralised waste management for other businesses and residential estates. We are pleased to work with Temasek and Gardens by the Bay towards a zero-waste green space for Singaporeans to enjoy.”
Mr Felix Loh, CEO, Gardens by the Bay, said, “As a garden that values nature and sustainability, we have a responsibility towards finding innovative ways to protect our environment. Gardens by the Bay is uniquely placed to allow for the testing of such an onsite system because waste collected in the Gardens can be directly converted and repurposed into by-products, which can in turn be used in the Gardens.”
Besides providing an experimentation site and supplying waste for the pilot, Gardens by the Bay will also be studying the usefulness and viability of biochar in improving local soil conditions.
Waste generation in Singapore increased seven-fold over the past 40 years. In 2018, 7.7 million tonnes of solid waste was generated and this figure is projected to increase. Even with waste incineration, Singapore’s only landfill at Pulau Semakau will be full by 2035. Building new offshore landfill sites is also not sustainable in land-scarce Singapore.
Could this be a rose?
Is there such a thing as a classic rose? Contrary to popular belief, the answer is a surprising no. At Flower Dome’s Rose Romance floral display, which runs until July 14, visitors can expect to learn about the rich heritage and variety of this well-loved flower – including cultivars that do not resemble the conventional rose.
The rose that comes to mind for most people when the flower is mentioned is the Hybrid Tea Rose cultivar, which was introduced in 1867 and gained widespread popularity in the 20th century. Roses of this cultivar are the most commonly seen today, whether sold at florists or depicted in popular culture, and are also mistakenly regarded as the “classic” rose shape.
But roses are a very ancient flower, with a history that dates back centuries. Through years of enthusiastic hybridisation, roses have become remarkably diverse, and blooms can differ greatly in shape and structure.
At the Rose Romance floral display, more than 40 varieties adorn a romantic European garden setting. These rose vines trail down from trellises and arches, growing amidst ruins reminiscent of castles of long ago, and surround a tower where Juliet on her balcony is wooed by Romeo in the courtyard below.
Gardens by the Bay Senior Director of Conservatory Operations Andy Kwek said, “While roses are well-loved, people may not be aware of the deep heritage and range of this remarkable flower that has existed through the centuries. Rose Romance will surprise and delight visitors with myriad and unexpected varieties that showcase the rich legacy of roses.”
Visitors can expect to see exclusive roses brought in from English and French rose nurseries with storied histories. For example, the late Peter Beales and David Austin are famed British rosarians who have won national recognition for their pioneering work in roses, and their eponymous nurseries carry on the work of their founders. The Lyonnaise nursery Roseraie Ducher has existed since 1845, and continues to hybridise exclusive roses until today.
Some roses to look out for are Princess Anne, a fragrant, deep pink rose named for British royalty; Lady of Shalott, which bears the name of the classic Tennyson poem and produces stunning salmon-pink blooms; and the surprising Angèle Pernet, with its whimsical and unusual colour gradation.
Date: Until Sunday, 14 July
Time: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.
Please refer to the Media Factsheet for more information on the roses of Rose Romance.
Gardens by the Bay brings visitors into the world of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4
From 15 to 30 June, Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story characters are set to take the spotlight at the annual Children’s Festival by Gardens by the Bay.
The Festival is part of the three-year collaboration between Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia (Disney) to provide unique and fun experiences at Singapore’s attractions and precincts, themed around Disney’s popular stories and characters.
Garden Rhapsody: Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story Adventure
Visitors can look forward to a Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story-inspired edition of Garden Rhapsody, a thrice-nightly light and music show by Gardens by the Bay. The show will bring visitors on an adventure filled with whimsical joy and friendships told through the medley of music from Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story movies. Get ready to fly to infinity and beyond with the beloved characters as they appear on fluffy clouds amongst the Supertrees. This adorable trilogy of music, light artistry and projection media will delight and surprise visitors.
Children’s Festival 2019 also marks the very first visit of a Pixar Animation Studios artist to Singapore. Specially for the opening weekend on 15 and 16 June, Mara MacMahon, who is the character designer and character modeller lead on Toy Story 4, will teach visitors of all ages how to draw their favourite Toy Story characters through a series of three drawing workshops.
Overcome the obstacle course and help Bo Peep at Bo Peep’s Adventure
In celebration of the release of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 in Singapore on 20 June 2019, anchoring the Children’s Festival is a series of activities that encourages teamwork while forging new friendships, as inspired by Buzz, Woody and the gang. Some highlights include Star Adventurer and Bo Peep’s Adventure, where kids get to help the characters in a series of rescue missions; and the Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 themed Marble Run Track.
As part of the STB-Disney collaboration, Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 Bobble Head figures will be exclusively available at the Children’s Festival. Festival-goers can purchase the figures from a giant capsule-dispensing machine, available in two different character designs featuring Buzz Lightyear or Woody.
In addition, visitors can also get up-close with Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody at special meet-and-greet sessions on 15 and 16 June at various timings throughout the day!
Fun activities for the whole family
Families can also take part in the arts and craft, enrichment, and parent-child workshops, meant to spark the creativity of a child, develop and refine their motor skills, encourage self-expression and facilitate family bonding. A variety of stage programmes rounds up the slew of entertainment available.
Children’s Festival 2019 kicks off toy donation drive
In the same spirit of friendship and sharing, a toy donation drive by Children’s Festival 2019 will kick off on 15 June 2019. Festival-goers are encouraged to support this cause by bringing soft toys, play sets, board games, or even sports products such as basketball and skateboards to the collection point on-site. At the end of the Festival, the toys collected will be gifted to children under the care of the Salvation Army, TOUCH Community Services (TOUCH Child Care) and Food from the Heart.
“The Children’s Festival is a signature event of Gardens by the Bay, where children come together for an enjoyable time with their friends and family. This year, we are organising a toy donation drive and a series of activities for children from various social service organisations to join in the fun. Through these initiatives, we hope to put a smile to the faces of every child, while imparting lessons of sharing and caring for others to our festival-goers,” said Ong Chui Leng, Senior Director for Programming at Gardens by the Bay.
Please refer to Annex A for the highlights and experiences at Children’s Festival 2019, Annex B for the workshops, stage performances and fringe activities, and Annex C for recommended one-day itineraries to Children’s Festival 2019 and Gardens by the Bay for visitors. Information of the Festival can also be found at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/childrensfestival.
Awaken your sense of smell at Gardens by the Bay’s Scentsational Orchids
The Scentsational Orchids display features Fragrance Boxes housing orchids with interesting scents like pepper and bubble gum.
Citrus, coconut and aromatic spices – these are not words one would typically associate with orchids. After all, orchids are appreciated more for their beautiful blooms and less so for their scents. With the new Scentsational Orchids display in Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay hopes to put the spotlight on a special, albeit small group of orchids that have developed a variety of smells to attract pollinators.
The interactive display features close to 1,500 orchids of more than 58 species and varieties, categorised into four scented groups – Delicate Floral, Sweet Floral, Spicy Floral, and Intense Floral. Visitors can take in the different scents by getting up-close with the orchids on display. There are also five Fragrance Boxes housing orchids with scented notes like pepper, tom yum, and bubble gum (scents may vary as the orchids in the Fragrance Boxes are refreshed periodically).
Highlights of the display include Maxillaria tenuifolia, commonly known as the Coconut Orchid as its fragrance resembles that of the tropical fruit; Rhynchonopsis Selina Kuok ‘Perfume Queen’, which brings to mind a spicy mix of cloves, cinnamon and mint; and Rhyncholaeliocattleya Duh’s Wisdom ‘Dreamy Star, which gives off a deep citrusy scent throughout the day and has been awarded the First Class Certificate by the American Orchid Society1.
Scentsational Orchids runs till 22 September in the Cloud Forest conservatory at Gardens by the Bay.
Date: Till 22 September 2019
Time: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Location: Cloud Forest
Details: Admission ticket charges to Cloud Forest apply
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1The First Class Certificate is a mark of excellence that is awarded by the American Orchid Society to orchids species and hybrids with high flower quality (i.e. a score of 90 points or more on a 100-point scale).
Tulips, cheeses, clogs and more at Gardens by the Bay’s Tulipmania
This year’s Tulipmania features an 8-metre-tall windmill amidst colourful rows of tulips,
in a pastoral landscape inspired by the Dutch countryside.
Singapore’s largest tulip festival, Tulipmania, returns to Gardens by the Bay and promises to be a feast for the senses as visitors get to enjoy a colourful tulip display and a taste of European cuisine and culture with the addition of a European-themed fair as part of the whole experience.
This is the first time a European fair is taking place at Tulipmania and it complements the country-style theme of this year’s tulip display.
Set in an idyllic pastoral landscape, Tulipmania floral display in Flower Dome draws inspiration from the Dutch countryside and explores the agricultural roots of the Netherlands. As visitors stroll through the tulip field dotted with thatched-roof farmhouses and adorable cattle and chicken sculptures, they can discover the different stages of growth in a tulip’s life cycle and step into a windmill to take a closer look at its clockwork mechanism within. Over 35 varieties of tulips will be on display from 12 April to 20 May including the vibrant red and white 'Singapura' which commemorates Singapore's Bicentennial.
Running alongside is the European fair from 12 to 21 April in Flower Field Hall, where visitors can enjoy an array of cultural programmes and fun activities, from dressing up in Dutch folk wear and decorating their own pair of wooden clogs.
Also on offer is a variety of European snacks such as Dutch stroopwafels and Gouda cheese, French chouquettes, and Spanish churros.
Tulipmania Floral Display
Date: Friday, 12 April 2019 – Monday, 20 May 2019
Time: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies.
Date: Friday, 12 April 2019 – Sunday, 21 April 2019
Time: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Location: Flower Field Hall
Speech by Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance
Lawrence Wong at the opening of Bayfront Plaza at Gardens by the Bay
President Halimah Yacob,
Ms Denise Phua,
Mayor for Central CDC,
Mr Niam Chiang Meng,
Chairman, Gardens by the Bay,
Mr Felix Loh,
CEO, Gardens by the Bay,
Excellencies and distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning. I am very happy to join all of you today to open Bayfront Plaza, our latest addition to Gardens by the Bay.
Gardens by the Bay has done very well since its opening in 2012. I am sure if you speak to any observer, they will agree that the Gardens by the Bay has become a world-renowned garden, and a source of pride for many Singaporeans.
To date, more than 50 million guests have visited the Gardens. In fact, last year we just gave a prize to the 50 millionth visitor. This makes the Gardens easily one of the most visited gardens in the world.
Our two conservatories and Supertrees have become international icons. They are parts of our skyline recognisable to Singaporeans and tourists alike.
The Gardens’ success did not come about by chance. This was a strategic investment by the Government to carve out green space in the heart of our city – on prime land – for people to be able to relax after work, spend time with their family and friends, and connect with nature.
This is not just a one-time investment. We are continuing to invest and make the Gardens better for all to enjoy. Here, the team at GB certainly has an important role to play – from the Board, the management, to the staff – everyone in GB is continuing to work hard to see how the Gardens can be even better.
For example, we have changing shows throughout the year, like the cherry blossom show which was just completed, and the tulip show that was just opened. We have major events like the Mid-Autumn Festival, and Christmas Wonderland, which have now become popular events in the calendar.
We are constantly looking out for new attractions. Last year, we opened a new outdoor garden called the Serene Gardens, inspired by Japanese zen gardens.
Today, we are very happy to be able to open this new Bayfront Plaza. The site we are at was originally the site of the SG50 Future of Us exhibition in 2015. In fact, this iconic award-winning lattice structure was designed by students at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) specifically for the SG50 exhibition. Because it was so beautiful, we have retained, refurbished and integrated it with the design of Bayfront Plaza.
The Plaza itself also consists of a new floral-themed attraction called Floral Fantasy, which houses different garden landscapes.
You can also take a 4D simulated ride to view the Gardens from a new perspective – this is also in the Floral Fantasy attraction. This new simulator ride was developed together with ST Engineering. ST Engineering is more known for its military simulators, but I think it decided that it could expand its capability into a new area, and we are very happy to have this first-of-its-kind collaboration with a home-grown company.
We will continue to do more to ensure the Gardens remains appealing and inclusive.
First, the Gardens is enhancing its community spaces. The Bayfront Plaza itself boasts almost 2,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor community space, about one-third of a football field. Here, we will have pop-up weekend markets every weekend. These will offer a wide range of merchandise, and be a platform for social enterprises to showcase their products.
We also have the Bayfront Pavilion, which will be an indoor community space. I am happy to share that rental of the air-conditioned pavilion space will be free for community groups that wish to organise events. If you are a community group – a school, a VWO, a non-profit – and you wish to organise events, do make use of this indoor pavilion space. We hope to see more ground-up initiatives at the Bayfront Plaza to bring the community together.
The Gardens has also started work on an Active Garden – a new non-ticketed green outdoor space. This is envisioned as an inclusive space for people of all ages and abilities, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy, and it will be ready early next year.
Second, we will ensure all Singaporeans have access to the Gardens. We now have a Gift of Gardens programme which provides free admission for Singaporeans to the conservatories who have otherwise little resources to be able to visit these places.
Since the Gardens first opened, more than 90,000 Singaporeans have benefited from this Gift of Gardens programme. Many of them are lower-income, vulnerable families, as well as individuals with disabilities.
We want to do something more this year. This year is also special because it is our Bicentennial year. We want to recognise and show our appreciation for those who have contributed to building our nation.
I am very happy to announce that for a 1-year period starting this June, all Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation Singaporeans will enjoy free admission to the Flower Dome on the second Tuesday of every month. Please come and make full use of this complimentary admission.
I am very happy also to share that Madam President has agreed to be the Patron for the Gift of Gardens programme. This is an important programme for the Gardens to reach out to the community, and with Madam President’s support, I am sure we will be able to reach out to even more groups and bring more Singaporeans to enjoy the Gardens.
Third, the Gardens will be hosting an even wider variety of programmes this year.
In June, the Children’s Festival will be back. In August, we will be working with Dick Lee to showcase Singapore’s natural and cultural heritage. Over the National Day weekend, we will have a major concert featuring popular local artistes.
All of these programmes will be open to all and free-of-charge. We will be continuing to step up our programming to have an active range of events and activities throughout the year.
In a short seven years, the Gardens has grown to be an important and integral part of our city. It is something that all of us can be proud of.
It was our late founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew who recognised the value of a garden city. In his words, “we need the greenery of nature to lift up our spirits”. We are continuing this work today in improving our green spaces further to bring people together in our City in a Garden. This is reflected in the opening of the Bayfront Plaza today, along with the other community initiatives I have spoken about.
All of this is part of building a more liveable, sustainable city; a city that reflects who we are as a people – our spirit and values; a city that all of us can be proud to call home.
On this note, I encourage all of you to bring your family and friends to visit the Gardens and enjoy the various programmes lined up for you. Thank you and please enjoy the rest of the morning.
Gardens by the Bay launches more non-ticketed spaces and events for the community
Gardens by the Bay opened a new space for the community called Bayfront Plaza today. The 5,000 sq m space, which is situated just next to Bayfront MRT station, houses indoor and outdoor spaces for the community, the Bayfront Pop-up Market, and themed attraction Floral Fantasy.
President Halimah Yacob, Guest-of-Honour for the event, launched Bayfront Plaza with Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance today.
Gardens by the Bay is at heart a People’s Garden for all Singaporeans. Bayfront Plaza is part of Gardens by the Bay’s push to provide more opportunities for all Singaporeans to enjoy the Gardens in the years to come. The amenities offered at Bayfront Plaza add to the 95 per cent of Gardens by the Bay that is non-ticketed.
At today’s launch, Minister Wong announced the upcoming non-ticketed spaces, as well as events and programmes with no admission charge, which the public can look forward to. He also announced that President Halimah is the Patron of Gardens by the Bay’s Gift of Gardens community outreach initiative. The initiative will be expanded to reach out to Singaporeans from the Pioneer and Merdeka generation.
CEO of Gardens by the Bay Mr Felix Loh said, “Since we began, Gardens by the Bay’s visitorship has surpassed expectations, and the success of the Gardens allows us to give back to the community. We hope to do this by establishing more beautiful non-ticketed spaces and curating myriad events and programmes without admission charges for Singaporeans from all walks of life to gather and enjoy themselves amidst nature.”
Since Gardens by the Bay opened in 2012, total visitorship to date has exceeded 50 million. Last year alone, the Gardens received more than 12 million visitors.
More non-ticketed spaces for the community
Bayfront Plaza is the newest non-ticketed space designed for the community, after the Japanese-themed garden Serene Garden opened in November last year.
It sits on the site previously occupied by the Future of Us exhibition that was part of the SG50 celebrations in 2015. The iconic lattice structure that was part of the exhibition has been retained and integrated into the design of Bayfront Plaza.
At Bayfront Plaza, the public can look forward to the Bayfront Pop-up Market every weekend featuring about 30 stalls selling a variety of merchandise. In line with Gardens by the Bay’s community focus, the Bayfront Pop-up Market provides a platform for social enterprises to showcase their products, with a third of the stalls intended to be run by social enterprises.
To encourage ground-up efforts among organisations to bring the community together, the indoor and outdoor spaces are available rent-free for community-focused events.
Aside from Bayfront Plaza, works have also started on the building of another non-ticketed green space called Active Garden. This is an activity area for seniors, which also aims to encourage inter-generational bonding. Active Garden is expected to be ready in early 2020.
A line-up of exciting events with no admission charge
Every year, Gardens by the Bay puts up a variety of events and programmes, many of them with no admission charge, for example Spring Surprise, Children’s Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival. From this year, there are plans to expand the scale and variety of such events and programmes.
The long-running Children’s Festival makes a return to Supertree Grove in June, and for the first time, Gardens by the Bay is collaborating with Disney to bring to visitors the Toy Story theme. Families with children can look forward to games, performances and meeting the characters from the award-winning animated series.
In August, Gardens by the Bay will organise a mega-concert featuring popular artistes over the National Day weekend.
The month of August will also see the outdoor gardens at Gardens by the Bay transformed for the first time with a series of performances and storytelling sessions showcasing Singapore’s natural and cultural heritage. This special series is curated by Cultural Medallion recipient Dick Lee.
These programmes will have no admission fee.
Making Gardens by the Bay more accessible to all
In an effort to make Gardens by the Bay even more accessible, the Gardens’ community outreach initiative Gift of Gardens will be expanded to benefit Pioneer and Merdeka Generation Singaporeans, in recognition of their contributions to building Singapore.
From June 2019 to May 2020, the Pioneer and Merdeka Generation will enjoy free admission to Flower Dome on the second Tuesday of each month. This scheme will run for a year and is an expansion of Gardens by the Bay’s Gift of Gardens community outreach initiative.
Gift of Gardens, which began in 2012 when the Gardens opened, provides complimentary access to Gardens by the Bay’s cooled conservatories to local residents who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit such as those who lack the resources, or individuals with disabilities.
To date, more than 90,000 Singaporeans, including holders of the Comcare Long Term Assistance Scheme and the Developmental Disability Registry card, have benefitted from Gift of Gardens.
Please refer to the media factsheet for more information on Bayfront Plaza.
Children’s Festival 2019 by Gardens by the Bay invites visitors to step into the world of upcoming film Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4
As a destination of wonderful experiences for families and friends, Gardens by the Bay makes dreams come true by immersing young visitors into the colourful world of upcoming film Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 at its annual Children’s Festival. Held from 15 to 30 June, this year’s Children’s Festival by Gardens by the Bay is made possible as part of the three-year collaboration between Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia (Disney) to provide unique and fun experiences at Singapore’s attractions and precincts, themed around Disney’s popular stories and characters. Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 will be in cinemas across Singapore on 20 June 2019.
With free admission for all visitors, Children’s Festival 2019 will see the transformation of Supertree Grove into a colourful carnival filled with family-friendly games and activities, inspired by Buzz, Woody and the gang in an all-new Toy Story adventure. Young visitors will also learn about friendship and teamwork through the various activities.
Artist impression of Star Adventurer
Some of the experiences festival-goers can expect include Star Adventurer, where young visitors can race in self-driving cars in order to recharge Buzz Lightyear; and Bo Peep’s Adventure, a fun obstacle course for children to test their speed, agility and endurance. There will also be carnival game booths featuring Woody and Jessie.
Artist impression of Marble Run
To top it off, the Festival will feature the first ever Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 themed marble run track in Singapore. Happening twice every hour, visitors can gaze up to two of the Supertrees and follow the 1.5-metre-wide marble as it weaves around the towering structures and travels along the track that spans approximately 150 metres. This will be accompanied by familiar tunes from previous Disney•Pixar Toy Story films. The day ends on a magical note with a special Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 inspired-edition of the Garden Rhapsody, a signature light and music show by Gardens by the Bay, to dazzle visitors with the magnificent sight of the Supertrees.
Ms Ong Chui Leng, Senior Director for Programming at Gardens by the Bay, said, “The annual Children’s Festival at Gardens by the Bay invites families and friends to spend quality bonding time together as we transform the Supertree Grove into a wondrous play land. This year, we are delighted to bring characters from the well-loved animated feature film to the Gardens for everyone to enjoy for free.”
“We are delighted to support this year’s Children’s Festival at Gardens by the Bay. Children’s Festival 2019 promises to be better than ever with various Disney•Pixar themed activities that visitors of all ages can look forward to. We’re confident that the third year of our collaboration with Disney will continue to excite visitors across different interest points, and enhance our appeal as a global entertainment destination,” said Ms Carrie Kwik, Executive Director, Attractions, Entertainment & Tourism Concept Development, STB.
The immersive experience at Children’s Festival 2019 is brought to life for young visitors and families, together with event partner Pico. Visitors can also look forward to bring the magic home with exclusive merchandise available for purchase at the Festival. Information about the Festival can be found here, with the full programme line-up announced at a later date.
Ticket sales begin for Gardens by the Bay’s new attraction Floral Fantasy
Gardens by the Bay’s new attraction Floral Fantasy will officially open to public on April 14 this year, and tickets are already available at a special opening promotional rate from the Gardens’ ticketing counters as well as online at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.
At the 1,500 sq m themed attraction located at Bayfront Plaza just next to Bayfront MRT station, flowers, artistry and technology come together to create a fantastical experience for visitors.
There are four diverse garden landscapes, each showcasing a different artistic concept. These four garden landscapes – Dance, Float, Waltz and Drift – segue seamlessly into each other through a meandering space. The experience culminates in a 4D multi-sensorial ride simulating the flight of a dragonfly through Gardens by the Bay.
For the special opening promotional rate, local resident tickets are priced at $9 for adults, and $5 for senior citizens above 60 years old, as well as for children aged between three to 12 years old. This promotional rate is valid until May 13, for visits between April 14 and May 13 this year.
Members of the public can visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/floralfantasy to find out more.
Please refer to the media factsheet for more information on Floral Fantasy.
Gardens by the Bay’s Sakura Matsuri Returns with More Free Activities
(From left) Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore His Excellency Jun Yamazaki, and Gardens by the Bay Chairman Niam Chiang Meng break a sake barrel to launch Sakura Matsuri.
After the popularity of the inaugural Sakura Matsuri last year, Gardens by the Bay’s Japanese-themed festival returns for the second time – with more free activities than before for the community to enjoy.
Sakura Matsuri, which means Cherry Blossom Festival, runs until March 31. It has four components – the cherry blossom floral display, Cultural Programmes, Nippon Street and Anime Garden.
At the launch today, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong and the Ambassador of Japan to Singapore His Excellency Jun Yamazaki broke a sake barrel to symbolise the beginning of Sakura Matsuri. They also enjoyed an energetic performance of Suzume Odori, the traditional Japanese “sparrow dance” that welcomes spring.
More free events for one and all
The majority of this year’s Cultural Programmes will be held outside Flower Dome, and is free for everyone to enjoy. These programmes are curated in partnership with Japan Creative Centre, the cultural arm of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore. Throughout the month of March, visitors will get to see a showcase of traditional arts such as folk dance, instruments like the koto, shakuhachi and taiko, as well as martial arts such as a kendo demonstration.
Headlining Anime Garden, which takes place in the last weekend of March at The Meadow, are free anisong concerts featuring well-known names in the industry like Megumi Nakajima, ReoNa and Ayaka Ohashi, as well as appearances by international celebrity cosplayers such as Olivie & Luffy from Hong Kong and MON from Taiwan.
Performing for the first time at the event are local J-pop idol groups Tokimeki JUMP and Natsuiro Party, and finalists of the World Cosplay Summit (Singapore). In addition, the cosplay competition featuring recreations of anime and manga characters by enthusiasts makes a return.
Well-loved icons of Japan amidst cherry blossoms
This year, the ever-popular cherry blossom floral display in Flower Dome is more evocative of Japan than before. Visitors can look forward to seeing interpretations of iconic elements of the Land of the Rising Sun, nestled among the pretty pink and white hues of cherry blossoms.
Among such elements are a dramatic pathway lined with 15 Torii gates, reminiscent of the famous Torii tunnels of Japan’s shrines; a red bridge inspired by the Hirosaki castle bridge in Aomori, which is often touted as a particularly picturesque spot to view cherry blossoms; and marumado, or traditional circular windows whose aesthetic principle is to perfectly frame a carefully-cultivated scene as one peers out.
The star of the floral display is the spectacle of cherry blossoms blooming in the tropics – of which visitors can look forward to seeing 30 varieties throughout the duration of the display. These varieties include Prunus serrulata ‘Pink Perfection’ with large blooms of 5cm in diameter, the showy Prunus ‘Kanzan’ with each blossom having 20 to 30 petals, and unusual weeping forms of sakura trees.
Due to the unseasonably warm weather, some cherry blossom varieties have bloomed earlier than expected, and the floral display could reach full bloom earlier than in previous years. Visitors can check Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gardensbythebay for updates on the state of blooming before they visit.
Matsuri-style Japanese activities
Happening across from the floral display in Flower Field Hall is Nippon Street, a Japanese themed-fair organised in collaboration with JTB Pte Ltd. This year’s fair, which has no admission charge on weekdays, is more extensive than last year. There are more than 20 food and retail stalls; traditional games such as fishing coloured balls with a washi paper net; and the chance to try kyudo or Japanese archery, as well as dress up like a samurai warrior of yore.
CEO of Gardens by the Bay Mr Felix Loh said, “With beautiful cherry blossoms bursting into flower already, and a wonderful variety of Japanese-themed activities, many of them free, we encourage all to join us at Sakura Matsuri for an unforgettable experience you can only get at Gardens by the Bay.”
Please refer to Annex for the full schedule of activities at Sakura Matsuri.
Gardens by the Bay ushers in the Chinese New Year with rarely seen carp dance among other festivities
Dancers from Tian Eng Dragon & Lion Dance Centre will present the “Carps Leaping Over the Dragon’s Gate” performance on 9 and 10 February, as part of Gardens by the Bay’s Chinese New Year celebrations.
This evening, Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay resounded with thunderous drum beats and lively traditional Chinese music as dancers rehearsed for a special “Carps Leaping Over the Dragon’s Gate” (鲤鱼跳龙门) performance in preparation for its premiere on 9 February.
One of the highlights of Gardens by the Bay’s Chinese New Year programme, “Spring Surprise” (春 ● 喜), this specially choreographed performance includes the rarely seen carp dance that tells the well-known Chinese legend of a carp that successfully leaps over the celestial Dragon’s Gate and transforms into a powerful dragon.
To bring this tale of courage, perseverance and accomplishment to life, the 27-strong multi-ethnic troupe from Tian Eng Dragon & Lion Dance Centre (新加坡天鷹龍狮学院) have been rehearsing and training for the past four weeks to learn how to accurately mimic the swift yet graceful motion of carps as they swim upstream towards the Dragon’s Gate waterfall.
“Carps Leaping Over the Dragon’s Gate” is a special choreography that combines Chinese dance, the popular dragon dance and the rarely-seen carp dance. It will feature specially made carp lanterns (each measuring 1.5 metres in length) and an imposing Dragon Fish lantern, which at 2 metres long, is the biggest Dragon Fish lantern in Singapore to date. The magic is further brought to life by the use of colourful LED lights on the lanterns.
The performance will take place on 9 and 10 February as the finale to “Spring Surprise”, which runs from 2 to 10 February and celebrates the Year of the Pig with a series of free programmes including cultural performances like the Traditional Lion Dance and exhilarating Lion Dance on Poles, as well as melodious music performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Ding Yi Music Company and secondary school orchestra groups.
Visitors can also enjoy the Gardens’ first floral display of the year, “Dahlia Dreams” (大丽花之梦), in Flower Dome. From 5 to 24 February, Singapore residents can receive a free conservatory ticket for local seniors with every full-priced adult ticket purchased onsite.
“Spring Surprise” at Gardens by the Bay
Date: Saturday, 2 February – Sunday, 10 February
Time: Refer to programme in Spring Surprise
Location: Gardens by the Bay
Details: Programmes are free. Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.
Spring blooms amidst a Chinese garden in Dahlia Dreams floral display
Chinese culture enthusiast Hanfugirl and her friend take in the scenic beauty
of Gardens by the Bay's first floral display to usher in the Chinese New Year.
Like a scene from a Chinese painting, the Dahlia Dreams floral display in Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome beckons with its picturesque Chinese garden landscape framed by elegant pavilions, rotating water wheels, and a majestic 35-metre-long archway of red lanterns.
The Gardens is all set to usher in the Chinese New Year with the first floral display of 2019 featuring 5,000 dahlias of more than 100 varieties – some with flowers as large as one’s face. With their sizeable blooms and vibrant colours, dahlias are a wonderful accompaniment to the festival. Known in Chinese as “大丽花”, they bring to mind the auspicious greeting “大吉大利” which conveys wishes of good luck and wealth.
Also on display are other festive plants such as narcissus (水仙), cymbidium (大花蕙兰) and Golden Lotus Banana (地涌金莲), along with the magnificent Senrinzaki or “Thousand Blooms” chrysanthemum arrangement. Carefully cultivated over a period of at least one year, each exquisite arrangement features 500 to 1,500 chrysanthemum flowers blooming from a single plant.
Visitors can also look out for complementary programmes such as free guided tours, dahlia craft session, and hong bao giveaways.
The “Dahlia Dreams” floral display runs till 24 February 2019 in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.
Date: Friday, 18 January – Sunday, 24 February
Time: 9am – 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies.
Gardens by the Bay sets new record for Singapore's largest street carolling ahead of Christmas
766 carollers joined hands to set a new record for Singapore’s largest street carolling under a 21-metre-tall golden Christmas tree
The Christmas weekend kicked off on a high note at Gardens by the Bay, with the harmonious voices of 766 carollers filling the Golden Garden earlier this evening.
With Asia’s tallest luminarie Christmas tree as the backdrop, Singapore’s new record for the largest street carolling session was achieved by individual carollers and representatives from four community groups – Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre, Kreta Ayer Community Club, Nanyang Technological University Cultural Activities Club and Pasir Ris Zone 10 Residents’ Committee.
This one-of-a-kind mass carolling event added to the festive atmosphere at Gardens by the Bay. As part of its mission to be a garden for the community and a place where Singaporeans can gather and connect with their family and friends amidst nature, Gardens by the Bay will be spreading the Christmas cheer with a myriad of free programmes leading up to 25 December 2018. Visitors can look forward to jubilant music performances outside Flower Dome and meet-and-greet sessions with the lovable Gardens Mascot, Wise-Wee.
Christmas Programmes at Gardens by the Bay
|Mass Carolling||21 December||8.00pm||Golden Garden|
|Live Performances||22 & 23 December||2.30pm, 4.00pm & 5.00pm||The Canopy (beside Flower Dome entrance)|
|24 December||3.00pm & 4.00pm|
|Christmas Wise-Wee Mascot Appearance||22 - 25 December||12.00pm & 3.00pm||Golden Garden & The Canopy|
Enjoy music performances featuring festive tunes by Angklung Sayang Group, The Salvation Army Group, KAYNA (Ecuador) and more.
Christmas Wise-Wee Mascot Appearance
Our lovable Gardens Mascot, Wise-Wee, returns to meet and greet visitors this Christmas.
Other year-end festivities happening at Gardens by the Bay include “Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum” floral display which runs until 6 January 2019 in Flower Dome and “Christmas Wonderland” which runs until 26 December 2018 at Supertree Grove.
More information on the festive celebrations at Gardens by the Bay are available at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/whatson.
Gardens by the Bay conservatory tickets for less affluent union members & their families
The Labour Movement Thanks Gardens by the Bay For Its Generosity
The Labour Movement and its 59 affiliated unions and three affiliated associations announced a partnership with Gardens by the Bay today to allow less affluent union members to redeem admission tickets to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome conservatories. These less affluent union members are across all affiliated unions and associations, including those from the Attractions, Resorts & Entertainment Union (AREU), which has a union branch at Gardens by the Bay.
This arrangement arises from a collaboration between NTUC Membership and Gardens by the Bay, under the latter’s Gift of Gardens community outreach initiative. The partnership will give even more access to Gardens by the Bay for 25 per cent of union members who are less affluent. The Gift of Gardens community outreach initiative, which started in 2012 when Gardens by the Bay opened, provides complimentary access to the Gardens to local residents who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit, such as the needy or individuals with disabilities.
Each eligible union member can receive four admission tickets to Flower Dome and Cloud Forest so that they can visit the conservatories with their families. Union members can redeem the admission tickets at their own leisure. Admission tickets will be made available for redemption in several batches in 2019 and eligible union members will be informed via SMS, Electronic Direct Mailers (EDMs) and NTUC’s MyNTUC mobile app. The tickets will be valid for six months from the date of issue.
NTUC Membership is collaborating with strategic partners to consistently and continuously create more value, by offering more benefits, ranging from privileges to progression, for union members. NTUC welcomes more like-minded partners, like Gardens by the Bay, to come onboard and bring benefits to help our workers earn a better living and live a better life. More details will be announced next year.
NTUC Family Festive Celebration
Earlier today, some 350 less affluent union members and their families as well as union leaders gathered at Gardens by the Bay for a heart-warming family festive celebration. There was a line-up of engaging carnival activities, including performances by NTUC communities such as nEbO and U Live, to enable families to bask in the festive atmosphere. Families were also invited to a guided tour of Flower Dome and its Christmas floral display, “Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum”.
At the family festive celebration today, NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng, together with other NTUC Central Committee Members, bonded with union members over fun-filled family games, delectable dessert and an uplifting sing-along session of Christmas carols. SG Ng Chee Meng shared about NTUC’s partnership with Gardens by the Bay that aims to benefit the less affluent members within the Labour Movement family during his welcome remarks.
SG Ng Chee Meng said, “Gardens by the Bay has been a supportive partner of the Labour Movement. In July this year, they voluntarily raised the retirement age of their older workers to 65, beyond the mandatory age of 62. This time, we are heartened by Gardens’ generosity to provide our less affluent union members the valuable opportunity to visit Gardens by the Bay and have a wonderful time at the beautiful Gardens with their families.”
NTUC Assistant Director-General and Director of NTUC Membership, Mr Vivek Kumar, added, “We are grateful to Gardens by the Bay for being such a supportive partner. This new initiative helps our members and their families come together to strengthen family bonds and collect new memories together. The Labour Movement will continue to do more for our members in 2019 and we look forward to forging new partnerships with friends of the Labour Movement. As one of the largest membership communities in Singapore, we strive to look out for each other, especially our less affluent union members.”
CEO of Gardens by the Bay Mr Felix Loh said, “As a People’s Garden, we are socially committed in ensuring that all segments of our local community can access and share in the joy of visiting our horticultural attractions. We thank NTUC for this partnership to serve their less affluent union members through our Gift of Gardens programme.”
Gardens by the Bay's visitorship reaches 50 million
Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong with Gardens by the Bay’s 50 millionth visitor Muhammad Khairi Bin Bedin (extreme right in black) releasing koi fishes into the pond at new attraction Serene Garden.
Visitorship to Gardens by the Bay hit 50 million in October this year, about six years since the Gardens opened in June 2012. Muhammad Khairi Bin Bedin, who was on one of his regular family outings to Gardens by the Bay, was named the 50 millionth visitor.
By the end of 2012, Gardens by the Bay’s visitorship was 2 million. By the end of this year, yearly visitorship is expected to hit 12 million. Half of these visits are by local residents. To cater to the rising visitorship, and to continue to be a place that Singaporeans like Muhammad Khairi and his family can enjoy, Gardens by the Bay is expanding and diversifying its offerings.
The publicly accessible Serene Garden and the revamped Bayfront precinct, which will house floral-themed exhibit Floral Fantasy, are two of the newest attractions that will be opening. Serene Garden will open to public from today, while the revamped Bayfront precinct will open on April 14 next year.
Floral Fantasy at the revamped Bayfront precinct will showcase floral artistry, and promises to be another thematic attraction like Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, but on a more whimsical and intimate scale. In contrast to Floral Fantasy is Serene Garden, which is designed to be a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Gardens by the Bay.
Felix Loh, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Many of our visitors have given feedback that Gardens by the Bay is getting crowded because of our popularity, especially during weekends. We are grateful for the love and support shown by Singaporeans through our formative years, and hope that these new thematic spaces help to spread out our offerings, as well as provide even more interesting experiences for our visitors.”
Today, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong, Muhammad Khairi and his family and friends, as well as members of the media, were invited to a preview of Serene Garden and the revamped Bayfront precinct.
Mr Wong also presented Muhammad Khairi with a congratulatory gift comprising a night’s stay at a two-bedroom suite at Pan Pacific Singapore, a Razer Phone and Gardens by the Bay’s Friends of the Gardens membership.
Muhammad Khairi said, “My family comes quite often to Gardens by the Bay as my kids like to play at the waterplay area of The Far East Organization Children’s Garden. We’re happy to hear that there will be new attractions at Gardens by the Bay, which would mean more things for us to do when we visit, as well as encourage more Singaporeans to come and enjoy themselves amidst nature.”
The 20,000 sq m ungated Serene Garden is located just a stone’s throw from The Meadow, the popular venue space for outdoor events like the recent Aviva Superfundae and Beerfest Asia. It is a 10-minute walk from Bayfront MRT station and a 5-minute walk from The Meadow carpark.
Serene Garden is designed by renowned Japanese landscape designer Jun-ichi Inada, and is inspired by minimalism. A calm and peaceful green space just a brief stroll away from the crowds at Supertree Grove, it offers an unobstructed view of Singapore’s city skyline. At night, Serene Garden will be lit up to frame the glowing cityscape for a beautiful photo opportunity.
As part of the simple and clean aesthetic, the landscape is dotted with plants appreciated for their foliage such as Podocarpus, Junipers, silver Bismarckia palms and bamboos, which are planted alongside tropical shade trees.
To augment the feeling of calm, a central water feature lies at the heart of Serene Garden, while steps away is a mini waterfall. Serene Garden also features 160 rocks with interesting textures that are sourced from the town of Niyodogawa on the island of Shikoku in Japan.
Works are ongoing to build a tea house in front of a pond, which is intended for visitors to rest and reflect in the shade.
A New Bayfront Precinct
The Bayfront precinct is a 5,000 sq m site outside Bayfront MRT station. It is a major entry point for visitors to Gardens by the Bay, and the enhancements were undertaken to create a greater sense of arrival for these visitors, as well as introduce more visitor amenities.
The revamped Bayfront precinct houses a new community event space called Bayfront Pavilion, floral-themed exhibit Floral Fantasy, the waterfront Café Aster run by Far East Flora, and an additional visitor centre and ticketing hub.
The award-winning lattice framework, designed by students from Singapore University of Technology and Design for The Future of Us exhibition that took place at the site as part of SG50 celebrations in 2015, has been retained and integrated with Bayfront Pavilion.
At the preview, guests got a first look at Bayfront Pavilion, which has indoor and outdoor community event spaces. In line with Gardens by the Bay’s objective to be a garden for one and all, there are plans for the 1,850 sq m space to host a regular weekend pop-up market with involvement from social enterprises, while groups looking to organise community-focused activities can use the space at nominal rates.
Guests also got a sneak peek of the Gardens’ latest thematic attraction Floral Fantasy, which has four diverse garden landscapes, each showcasing a different concept, as well as a 4D multi-sensorial ride. At Floral Fantasy, flowers, artistry and technology come together to create a dream-like, fantastical experience for visitors.
At Dance, the first of the four garden landscapes of Floral Fantasy, they were greeted by a lush, colourful tableau of flowering plants suspended from the ceiling, which moved sinuously in mesmerising fashion.
Then, they experienced the 4D multi-sensorial ride, Flight of the Dragonfly, where they were taken on an exhilarating journey of a dragonfly’s flight path through Gardens by the Bay. The dragonfly has a special place in nature as its presence is regarded as a sign of thriving ecology.
The other three garden landscapes, which are yet to be completed, are Float, Waltz and Drift. When fully complete, the four garden landscapes will segue seamlessly into each other, allowing visitors to experience changing scenes of floral artistry as they walk through the meandering space of Floral Fantasy.
Singapore’s first Disney Tsum Tsum Floral Display blooms at Gardens by the Bay this holidays
"Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum" sees the popular stackable characters
making their debut in Gardens by the Bay's signature floral display in Flower Dome.
Brace yourself for cuteness overload this holidays as Gardens by the Bay presents Singapore’s first Disney Tsum Tsum floral display.
“Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum” sees over 40 Tsum Tsums making their appearance alongside more than 8,000 multi-coloured poinsettias. This is the first time Disney Tsum Tsum – whose name originates from the Japanese verb “tsumu” which means “to stack” – is taking centre stage in Gardens by the Bay’s signature floral display in Flower Dome.
Visitors can have a fun time spotting the adorable stackable characters preparing for Christmas, including Minnie Mouse and her friends decorating the Christmas tree, Mickey Mouse painting the ornamental baubles, Tigger sliding down ribbons while gift wrapping, and Dumbo lifting presents into the air.
Each delightful scene is brought to life amidst a field of winter blooms. Providing a contrast against the traditional red poinsettias are cultivars of other colours such as the rich yellow ‘Autumn Leaves’, pristine ‘Princettia Pure White’, and pink and cream variegated ‘Mars Marble’. In all, the floral display will feature close to 20 varieties of poinsettias. These are complemented by other plants also synonymous with the season such as Christmas berries, holly, and coniferous trees, including the Korean Fir whose green needles with silvery white undersides give the appearance that it has just been dusted with snow.
“Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum” opens today and runs till 6 January 2019.
Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum
Date: 2 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
Time: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.
Social Media: #GardensbytheBay #PoinsettiaWishes #DisneyTsumTsum
Disney Tsum Tsum Wrapping Paper Giveaway
From 16 to 29 November 2018, visitors stand to receive a set of two Disney Tsum Tsum wrapping paper with a minimum spend of S$40 on conservatory tickets in a single receipt. Available on a first-come, first-served basis. Terms and conditions apply.
Disney Tsum Tsum Merchandise
Visitors wanting to bring home their favourite Tsum Tsum characters can choose from a range of Disney Tsum Tsum merchandise – including apparel, stationery, lifestyle products and even special-edition Disney Tsum Tsum x Udders ice cream – at the Gardens’ Conservatory Gift Shop.
“Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum” is one of the festive highlights at Gardens by the Bay this year, along with “Christmas Wonderland” which takes place from 30 November 2018 to 26 December 2018 at Supertree Grove. Both events at the Gardens are held in conjunction with Marina Bay’s “Celebrate in the City”.
Please refer to the Annex for highlights of “Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum”.
A rare chance to see Orchids of the Andes in Singapore
Minister Desmond Lee planting the final orchid at the launch of Orchids of the Andes.
The Andes may be almost 20,000km away from Singapore, but you need not travel that vast distance to see beautiful orchids from the region. From today to March 24 next year, Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest holds its Orchids of the Andes display, which was launched by Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee.
Spanning more than 5,000km across seven South American countries – Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina – the Andes is the longest continental mountain range in the world.
Orchids of the Andes showcases orchids from the Tropical Andes, an area within the Andes mountain range that is renowned for its wealth of biodiversity.
Across the duration of the display, visitors will get to see 3,000 orchids of 85 types. These will dot a landscape featuring elements of the famous mountain range, such as Inca ruins, a volcano, a cavern, waterfalls and even “llamas”.
Gardens by the Bay’s Deputy Director of Research and Horticulture Andrea Kee, said, “Orchids of the Andes is how Gardens by the Bay strives to surprise and delight our visitors, because there is nowhere else in this region that visitors can see such a concentration of unusual and eye-catching South American orchids.”
The orchids on show are a rare sight in Singapore. Highlights include Epidendrum medusae, an orchid named after the mythological Greek monster Medusa because its fringed lip resembles her head of snakes; Cyrtochilum macranthum, whose showy yellow flowers are the largest in the genus Cyrtochilum; and Masdevallia Machu Picchu, which is often acknowledged as one of the most attractive hybrids produced because of the outstanding shape and colour of the blooms.
To add to the South American flavour of the orchid display, Sangre Criolla, an Ecuadorian band playing traditional folk music, travelled to Singapore to perform at the launch. They will also be performing for the public at Gardens by the Bay this weekend.
Since September 2017, Cloud Forest has been holding biannual changing orchid displays. These displays focus on different orchids twice a year, and aim to educate visitors on the various genera of orchids, as well as showcase their fascinatingly myriad forms and colours. Orchids of the Andes is the third orchid display at Cloud Forest to date.
Orchids of the Andes
Date: 5 October 2018 – 24 March 2019
Time: 9am – 9pm
Location: Cloud Forest
Details: Admission charge to the Cloud Forest applies.
Please refer to the Annex for orchid highlights, more information about the Andes and Sangre Criolla's performance schedule this weekend.
Gardens by the Bay celebrates an Autumn of Fantasies
Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong joining residents of the Limbang division of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC to toss their wishes at the Golden Wishing Tree lantern set.
This year’s Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay was officially launched today by Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong when he lit up the archway that welcomes visitors to the event.
The 44m-long archway is decorated with lanterns shaped like jade rabbits and Sandersonia flowers, which are also known as Chinese lantern lilies.
The theme of this year’s festival is Autumn of Fantasies, and Minister Wong was taken on a tour of larger-than-life lantern sets that bring together imaginary worlds and natural wonders. He also wished upon a lotus-shaped lantern and set it afloat on Dragonfly Lake.
At the Traditional Village, where for the first time craftsmen have been brought in from China to showcase traditional handicrafts like sugar art, dough figurine sculpting and stone engraving, Minister Wong received a dough figurine of himself.
Gardens by the Bay’s Senior Director of Programming, Ms Ong Chui Leng, said, “Mid-Autumn is a time for families and friends to get together, and we welcome the community to join us at Gardens by the Bay to enjoy the many free activities we have lined up for everyone, especially the unique lantern sets that beautifully blend the traditional with the fantastical.”
HIGHLIGHTS OF MID-AUTUMN @ GARDENS BY THE BAY 2018
Spectacular Lantern Sets Inspired by the Fantastical
Visitors can look forward to large-scale Lantern Displays (巨型灯展) with the theme, Autumn of Fantasies (奇幻之秋). Making its debut this year is Leaping over the Dragon’s Gate
(鱼跃龙门), the widest lantern set to date at Gardens by the Bay measuring 70m across, which floats on Dragonfly Lake and depicts the legend of the carp transforming into a dragon.
Other lanterns include the elegant pairing of The Phoenix and the Peony (凤凰戏牡丹); the Sandersonia Arch (宫灯百合), which is lined with Sandersonia-shaped lanterns; and Sky Lantern Dreams (巨型天灯), a series of 8m-tall sky lanterns that create the longest lantern-lined pathway at the Gardens to date.
Also on display are 1,000 lanterns at Colonnade of Lights (灯廊). These lanterns are hand-painted by beneficiaries from various social service organisations, residents from Limbang and individuals from the Gardens’ Friends of the Gardens membership programme.
For the first time, visitors can also make a wish at Golden Wishing Tree (许愿树) or Wish upon a Floating Lotus (许愿灯).
Cultural Performances, Traditional Handicrafts, Games and Food
Curated by co-organiser, National Arts Council, free nightly Cultural Performances
(传说传艺庆中秋) present opportunities for visitors to enjoy and be inspired by Singapore’s rich heritage. Appreciate vibrant and diverse traditional arts performances by home-grown arts groups of different genres, cultures and ages, and bond over the creative interpretations of the theme Fantastic Traditions.
At the Traditional Village (传统市集), Chinese artisans showcase the delicate skills of stone engraving, dough figurine sculpting and sugar art. Visitors can try their hand at the Fun Zone (互动区) featuring nostalgic childhood games, or have a go at solving Lantern Riddles (猜灯谜). The ever-popular Food Street (美食街) offers a delectable spread of local and Asian delights.
This year’s Mid-Autumn celebration is jointly organised by Gardens by the Bay and National Arts Council, in partnership with Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, and People's Association.
MID-AUTUMN @ GARDENS BY THE BAY 2018
Date:Thursday, 6 September - Monday, 24 September
Time: 6.00pm - 10.00pm (Mon to Thu), 6.00pm - 11.00pm (Fri to Sun)
Location: Gardens by the Bay
Details: Programmes are free unless otherwise indicated. For information and updates, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/midautumn/.
Largest variety of sunflowers on show in Gardens by the Bay’s first “Sunflower Surprise” floral display
Follow the yellow brick road to Gardens by the Bay's first "Sunflower Surprise" floral display, which features over 10,000 sunflowers alongside scenes and characters from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.
Say "Hello, sunshine" to Gardens by the Bay’s first-ever "Sunflower Surprise" floral display which brings together the largest variety of sunflowers in Singapore! More than 50 varieties will be on display, from the fluffy ‘Teddy Bear’ to the enormous ‘Russian Mammoth’ with blooms as large as a human face!
In all, over 16,000 sunflowers of various shapes, shades and sizes are being grown for the display, of which more than half are of unusual varieties grown from seeds specially sourced from the United States.
The sunflower display is further enlivened by characters and scenes inspired by the classic tale "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Amidst a field of vibrant blooms, visitors can try to spot Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion as they make their way to the magical Land of Oz.
"Sunflower Surprise" opens today and runs till 21 October in Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.
“Sunflower Surprise” Floral Display
Date: Friday, 31 August – Sunday, 21 October
Time: 9am – 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to the Flower Dome applies. For more information on the floral display and related programmes, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/sunflower.
This National Day, Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome celebrates the richness of Peranakan culture
Members of Gunong Sayang Association will showcase the styles of Peranakan dress through the years in a fashion show set against the backdrop of the Orchid Extravaganza floral display.
For the first time, Peranakan culture will be celebrated in Flower Dome as part of Gardens by the Bay’s National Day festivities.
From August 4 to August 22, visitors will get to experience a special line-up of Peranakan-themed activities – organised in collaboration with cultural organisation Gunong Sayang Association – amidst the beauty of orchids in Orchid Extravaganza, the current floral display in Flower Dome.
Orchid Extravaganza was designed under the creative direction of award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan, and celebrates Singapore’s melting pot of cultures. The floral display is infused with strong Peranakan influences, from the recreation of colourful shophouses adorned with iconic Peranakan tiles, to the display of quintessential items like the intricate kasut manek (beaded slippers), traditional tea set and tingkat carrier.
Highlights of the activities that will take place against this vibrant cultural backdrop include a fashion show that showcases the evolution of various Peranakan dress. Models aged between nine and 70 years old will don both vintage and modern Peranakan dress such as the samfoo, baju lokchuan, sarong kebaya and more.
There will be a live demonstration of the rare and intricate art of Nyonya beading by Mrs Jackie Sam, who has been practicing the craft for 25 years. Kasut manek and ceremonial wedding collars, where such beadwork is used, will be on display inside Flower Dome.
Visitors can also experience the enactment of a traditional Peranakan birthday celebration, hear the melodic voices of the Suara Sayang singing group, who will be performing adaptations of well-loved songs such as Bunga Sayang and Gunong Payong, as well as enjoy Dondang Sayang, an art form where poetic verses are recited to music.
Hands-on activities are also part of the line-up. Visitors can see how Bunga Rampay, or Peranakan-style potpourri made with scented flowers and culinary herbs, is created, while children aged seven and above can try painting their own Peranakan tile at a workshop.
Local residents get to enjoy $5 off tickets to Flower Dome, Cloud Forest or both conservatories, during this period.
Other National Day Activities at Gardens by the Bay
Beyond Flower Dome, visitors can look forward to a series of free National Day activities held at Supertree Grove on August 9.
Experience a throwback to the Physical Education (P.E.) lessons of yesteryear with ActiveSG’s Athletic try-outs, as well as a mash-up of retro and modern dance and fitness moves with We are Singapore (Dance Fitness).
Relax at Pop-Up Cinema, a series of movie screenings held throughout the day. The line-up includes a selection of uniquely Singapore films such as the P.Ramlee classic Seniman Bujang Lapok, Two Sides of the Bridge, Money No Enough, In Time to Come and Royston Tan’s Bunga Sayang.
Other activities on the day include personalised poetry by Proletariat Poetry Factory and Cantonese storytelling by Madam Lee Swee Har, a student of famous Cantonese storyteller Lee Dai Sor. End off National Day at Gardens by the Bay with the “Silent Disco” party, and dance under the twinkling lights of the Supertrees.
In addition, various F&B outlets at Gardens by the Bay will offer unique dishes with a strong local flavour on their menus during the National Day period.
Refer to Annex A for the full schedule of activities, ticketing promotions and dining specials that are part of National Day celebrations at Gardens by the Bay.
Refer to Annex B for highlights of the Orchid Extravaganza floral display.
Over 800 winning orchids on display at the SOGA Orchid Show 2018
The Singapore Orchid Growers’ Association (SOGA) Orchid Show 2018 saw a record 800 entries vie for the 25 challenge trophies. This is the first time the SOGA Orchid Show is held at Gardens by the Bay, in conjunction with Singapore Garden Festival.
The top three accolades went to Neo Cheng Soon Farm, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay. Visitors can catch these colourful blooms and more, on display in the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, till 29 July.
Dendrobium Asian Youth Games Singapore
Exhibitor: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Awarded Singapore Gardening Society Challenge Trophy for the Best Species
Exhibitor: Gardens by the Bay
Awarded SOGA Challenge Trophy for the Best Hybrid
The SOGA Orchid Show features prized orchids submitted by local orchid growers and hobbyists, and has been incorporated into the Orchid Extravaganza display held in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. The nine-day event is organised by the Singapore Orchid Growers’ Association, which was founded by a group of commercial orchid growers in Singapore.
In April, the inaugural SGF Orchid Show was held where hobbyists and orchid growers alike submitted their prized orchids for competition. With the introduction of the SOGA Orchid Show, orchid lovers have yet another opportunity to view unusual and prized blooms.
New displays create an immersive experience for visitors at Singapore Garden Festival 2018
Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) returns this year to awe and inspire. The seventh edition of the premier tropical garden and flower show commences tomorrow at Gardens by the Bay and will run until 3 August 2018. Organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) and Gardens by the Bay, the main Festival returns with 73 tastefully -curated displays by local and international professional and amateur talents, spread across 10.1 hectares, including new horticultural displays with interesting plants and unique blooms. SGF 2018 is conceptualised as a tropical rainforest garden with pockets of gardens and displays filled with plants and flowers of varied colours in line with the Festival’s overall theme, “World of Colours!”.
A tropical rainforest garden exposition with new horticultural displays
A tropical rainforest garden is sculpted out of The Meadow, bringing the visitor through rainforest cladded mountains, valleys and open plains all the way to the Supertree Grove. Within this rainforest matrix featuring over 6,500 trees and 100,000 plants of 1,200 species, SGF 2018 promises visual surprises with garden displays carefully curated by NParks staff that feature plants and flowers of a multitude of colours and hues. The design of the displays leveraged on the existing plants, features and terrain in Gardens by the Bay, creating an interesting contrast between natural elements and man-made features like the Supertrees. Visitors will experience walking through a tropical rainforest garden punctuated with open spaces and explore gardens that showcase various habitats such as freshwater swamps and sub-tropical meadows.
At The Meadow, The Mountains provide a stunning entrance to the Festival with lush greenery with autumn colours. Here, visitors can enjoy exploring the Vanda Valley, a plethora of unique vandaceous orchids, and the Flower Field, which recreates a sub-tropical meadow with colourful flowering plants. To commemorate Singapore’s ASEAN chairmanship this year, the ASEAN Garden at The Meadow will display a collection of vibrant blooms amongst a grove of figs comprising the majestic Banyan Fig (Ficus benghalensis) chosen as the centrepiece for the display and the Shaggy-leafed Fig (Ficus villosa), a remarkable species of hairy climbing figs native throughout the ASEAN region including Singapore. These figs symbolise resilience which mirrors that of ASEAN.
Visitors entering from the Supertree Grove will experience meandering through a Lost Forest with towering trees and discover rare plants native to Singapore. As they continue along the path, they will pass through the Floral Canopy, a hanging exhibit featuring Bromeliads and other epiphytes, which leads to the Therapeutic Garden, a sanctuary for rest and relaxation. Plants in this display were chosen for their visually cool colours and pleasant fragrance. Amongst these are Mount Lemmon Marigold (Tagetes lemmonii), whose leaves that have a delightful fruity scent and can be harvested and steeped in hot water to make tea; and the Green Pepper Basil (Ocimum carnosum), a rare edible basil with a scent and flavour reminiscent of green bell peppers. Next to the Therapeutic Garden, visitors can learn about the journey of how a flower transforms into a fruit at the Learning Garden.
Crossing over to The Meadow, visitors will be greeted by the Gothic Gate, inspired by the ornate architectural style of the great gothic cathedrals of Europe, with a rich tapestry of plant displays of roses, Angelonia angustifolia and Wrightia antidysenterica which permeate the structure. Located next to it is the Pond Garden which showcases tranquil water features adorned with pink, purple and white water lilies.
Commenting on the non-competitive displays, Mr Jim Gardiner, Former Wisley Curator and UK Royal Horticultural Society Vice-President said, “The stunning garden displays curated by the NParks staff are on par with the show gardens that won gold awards at the Festival."
Adding on, renowned French garden designer Mr Pascal Garbe said, “These tastefully curated displays testify of the enthusiasm by the NParks staff in creating a world-class tropical garden and flower show, as well as to the top-notch horticultural standards upheld by the Festival.”
Mr Gardiner and Mr Garbe are Head Judges for the Landscape and Fantasy Gardens competitive categories at the Festival.
Additionally, this year’s Orchid Extravaganza in the Flower Dome is set to inspire festival-goers, especially since homegrown award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan headlines as its creative director. The orchid, which has always been closely entwined with Singapore’s heritage, will be showcased in a stunning arrangement conceptualised by the renowned Singaporean film director. More than 14,000 orchids of over 120 varieties will be featured in the floral display, alongside an exquisite showcase of prized orchids competing in the SOGA (Singapore Orchid Growers' Association) Orchid Show.
Best of show designer gardens at The Meadow
As a world-class premier international horticultural show, SGF continues to attract strong interest and participation from award-winning garden and landscape designers worldwide. This year, SGF will host 40 of the best designers from across the globe competing in the Landscape Gardens, Fantasy Gardens, Floral Windows to the World and Balcony Gardens categories at The Meadow.
Among designers for the five fantasy and eight landscape show gardens are 2016 Best of Show (Landscape Garden category) winner, Inch Lim from Malaysia, as well as 2016 gold winners Koga Katsuhiko and Kagae Kazuhiro (Japan; Landscape Garden), and Leon Kluge (South Africa; Fantasy Garden). Singapore designers include Landscape Garden competitors John Tan, and Chang Huai-yan & Ng Sze Oun.
This year, Inch Lim clinched the Gold award and Best of Show title once again, as well as the Horticulture Excellence award, in the Landscape Garden category. His garden is titled “The Wild and the Restless”, with reference to native and naturalised plants that have either existed in the Southeast Asian wild, or that have travelled vast distances – such as from the Americas – to get to the region.
Leon Kluge was another repeat winner – this time in the Fantasy Garden category. His garden titled “African Thunder” scored the highest amongst the Gold recipients to secure Best of Show. The display, which depicts rain bringing life to the dry landscape of Africa, also received the Horticulture Excellence award.
A special non-competitive Floral Windows to the World Installation will feature returning Best of Show (Floral Windows to the World) designers from SGF 2016 — Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz from the United States. Titled “Cascade”, the display is a celebration of water. Like the grand fountain in a civic plaza, this six-metre tall sculptural centrepiece is a cascade of flowers that draws focus and commands immediate attention from all entrances of the tent.
Visitors will also be treated to Balcony Garden displays at The Meadow, where eight local designers contend to transform 3m-by-3m standard balcony-sized spaces into the most delightful and soothing retreats. This category promises to inspire local home owners in the beautification of their own apartment spaces.
Professional and amateur designers will also be showcasing their skill at the 11th International FDSS Cup Floral Designing Competition, while students will compete at primary, secondary and tertiary levels at the Floral Harmony @ Nanyang and Landscape Design Challenge.
Gardening displays and more at Supertree Grove
This year, the Festival will extend tothe Supertree Grove, with highlights such as the Learning Garden, Therapeutic Garden and Penjing & Artistic Stone Exhibition & Competition.
Displays by the Floral Designers Society (Singapore), Singapore Penjing & Stone Appreciation Society, Singapore Gardening Society, students and community gardeners will also be showcased at the Supertree Grove.
The ever-popular MarketPlace returns to Bayfront Plaza, occupying the non-ticketed space outside Bayfront MRT with over 100 booths selling food and beverages, plants, gardening and botanical resources, and arts and crafts.
More opportunities for the public to participate in SGF
In addition to talks and demonstrations, the Festival introduced a new “Floral Jamming” event led by professional floral designers, where participants can hone their floral artistry skills. SGF visitors can register to take part in a free floral arrangement “jam session” between 24 and 26 July, or between 30 July and 2 August, and afterward take their floral creations home with them.
Photography enthusiasts heading down to the Festival can also participate in the Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year (SGPY) Photo Competition by NParks. Keen shutterbugs can submit photos via Instagram with the hashtags #sgpy_people #SGGardenFest and stand a chance to win cash and Nikon School Vouchers. The closing date for the theme of “People and Nature” is 19 September 2018 and there is no limit on the number of entries that can be submitted on Instagram. For more information about SGPY, please visit www.nparks.gov.sg/sgpy.
Expanded SGF show format
Since its launch in 2006, SGF has been bringing together international and local designers, community gardeners and plant enthusiasts to showcase the best of tropical horticulture and floral artistry in one location – first at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, then Gardens by the Bay. Today, SGF has grown into three complementary flower and horticultural shows. Offshoots of the anchor Festival, SGF Orchid Show and SGF Horticulture Show will comprise various popular SGF elements, allowing them to entertain visitors at individual platforms. With this expansion, Singaporeans will have more opportunities to appreciate tropical horticulture and floral artistry every year. The inaugural SGF Orchid Show was held at the National Orchid Garden and other parts of the Singapore Botanic Gardens from 21 to 29 April 2018. The SGF Horticulture Show will take place at Singapore’s upcoming national gardens in the heartlands, Jurong Lake Gardens, in early 2019.
Gardens by the Bay grows supersized begonias for its first “Begonia Brilliance”floral display
More than 600 begonias, including large begonia blooms grown by Gardens by the Bay, beckon visitors to the specially-constructed dome at the “Begonia Brilliance” floral display.
At Gardens by the Bay’s first-ever “Begonia Brilliance” floral display, visitors enter a specially-constructed dome brimming with more than 600 baskets of flowering begonias in shades of red, pink, orange and yellow.
Among these begonia flowers are unusually large ones grown in-house by Gardens by the Bay’s Research and Horticulture team. Most flowering begonias produce blooms about 5cm in diameter, but the ones cultivated by the Gardens have blooms that measure between 13cm and 16cm across.
Andrea Kee, Deputy Director of Research and Horticulture at Gardens by the Bay, said, “Supersized begonias take an enormous amount of care and effort to cultivate. As such, they’re generally not easily available and are a rare sight for the public. The ‘Begonia Brilliance’ floral display is a wonderful opportunity for people to enjoy stunning flowers, and marvel at how nature can be encouraged to blossom to wonderful depths under the careful nurturing of expert horticulturists.”
Gardens by the Bay is growing about 5,000 of these large begonias to showcase throughout the floral display. Visitors can see 14 flowering begonia varieties cultivated to have supersized blooms, such as Begonia Prima Donna Blush, which produces flowers with pale pink petals that are rimmed with a darker pink, and Begonia Trumpet Orange, which boasts of bright orange flowers.
These gorgeous begonia blooms are complemented by other varieties of flowering begonias from Europe and Malaysia. In all, more than 20,000 begonia plants of more than 50 varieties have been brought in for the floral display.
“Begonia Brilliance” Floral Display
Date: Friday, 25 May – Sunday, 1 July
Time: 9am – 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to the Flower Dome applies. For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/begonia.
Experience the enduring magic of Enid Blyton at Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay
This June school holidays, Moon-Face, Saucepan Man and Silky will bring to life The Magic Faraway Tree, one of beloved children’s author Enid Blyton’s most popular books, and entertain children at Gardens by the Bay’s Supertree Grove.
It is all part of the annual Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay, which will run from May 26 to June 10. This year’s edition of the festival centres on The Magic Faraway Tree and will recreate four lands from the series – Land of Enchantments, Land of Tea Parties, Land of Toys, and Land of Nursery Rhymes.
Organised with the permission of the literary estate of Enid Blyton (Enid Blyton Entertainment), this is the first large-scale Enid Blyton-themed event in Asia.
Senior Director of Programming at Gardens by the Bay Ong Chui Leng said, “What’s special about this year’s Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay is that both children and their parents will be in for an enchanting experience. Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree is a wonderful classic that continues to charm new generations of children, who will enjoy visiting the magical lands, while parents who grew up reading the books can revisit their childhood as they join their kids to explore these lands that once captured their imaginations.”
In a nod to the event being held at Gardens by the Bay, new character mascots the Magic Leaf Fairies Tilly (named after tillandsias) and Fernie (named after ferns) will appear at Children’s Festival, joining storybook characters Moon-Face, Saucepan Man and Silky.
Admission to Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay is free and visitors can look forward to a variety of free activities in the four lands. They can also purchase a Magic Pass to enjoy additional activities. What’s more, each Magic Pass grants a child free entry into either Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome or Cloud Forest (applicable to Singapore Residents aged 3 to 12 years old).
The activities in the four lands are:
Land of Enchantments
• Venture into The Strange Woods and see your body disappear before your eyes.
• Be mesmerised by the shimmering, kaleidoscopic magic of a globin.
• Find your way through the Enchanter’s marvellous mirror maze.
Land of Tea Parties
• Take a photo with giant sweet-treat floats at the lawn.
• Take a dip in a confetti-filled giant donut inflatable to earn a yummy treat.
Land of Toys
• Wind up the toy soldiers to hear them play their cymbal and drum, or try your hand at making the toy soldier pop out of his box.
• Rescue Saucepan Man from a jail guarded by toy soldiers in this shooting game.
Land of Nursery Rhymes
• Reel in spiders that would otherwise frighten Miss Muffet away.
Complementing the four lands are free programmes such as storytelling, magic shows, science demonstrations, an original musical production Follow the Leaves by I Theatre, and more. In addition, kids can also sign up for fun-filled workshops like Magical Lemonade and Clay Magnet Making (charges apply).
Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/childrensfestival for more details.
CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL @ GARDENS BY THE BAY: THE MAGIC FARAWAY TREE
Date: Saturday, 26 May – Sunday, 10 June
Time: 10am – 9pm
Location: Supertree Grove
Details: Admission to the event is free. Charges apply to selected programmes.
Please refer to:
Annex A for information on Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay
Annex B for other June holiday programmes at Gardens by the Bay
Tulipmania takes a whimsical spin this year at Gardens by the Bay
One of the giants feeling right at home in this year’s whimsical Tulipmania at Gardens by the Bay.
Set foot in a quaint little town and walk among friendly giants as Gardens by the Bay’s well-loved Tulipmania takes a whimsical spin for its sixth edition.
Tulipmania is an annual highlight on the Gardens’ calendar of changing floral displays, which delight visitors with flowers not commonly seen in Singapore. This year, over 90,000 tulips of more than 40 varieties in a myriad of colours are being brought in from the Netherlands for the duration of the display, including the classic-looking Yellow Flight, the two-tone Holland Queen in vivid yellow and red, and the flamboyant Irene Parrot with its feather-like curled petals. The vibrant display, which opens today and runs till 13 May in Flower Dome, is set in a whimsical town where tulips grow everywhere (even on roofs!) and a common love for tulips brings its inhabitants and a family of giants together.
In conjunction with Tulipmania, visitors can enjoy free guided tours of the tulip display, sign up for a tulip-themed floral cupcake workshop, and stand a chance to win air tickets to Amsterdam or Bali by participating in an Instagram contest organised by Gardens by the Bay and official airline partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Seniors residing in Singapore enjoy 50% discount on admission tickets (terms and conditions apply).
“Tulipmania” Floral Display
Date: Thursday, 13 April – Sunday, 13 May
Time: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to the Flower Dome applies. For more information on the floral display and related programmes and promotions, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/tulipmania.
Experience cherry blossoms and more at Gardens by the Bay’s first Japanese-themed festival ‘Sakura Matsuri’
The Japanese Association Singapore's Minyo Club performing a Japanese folk dance during a special preview of Sakura Matsuri.
The Japanese Association Singapore’s Minyo Club and popular Japanese anime theme song singer May’n performed against a beautiful backdrop of cherry blossoms at Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome today, in a special preview of what visitors can expect from Sakura Matsuri.
The inaugural Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, begins today and will run until April 8. It is the first time that Gardens by the Bay is holding a Japanese-themed festival to complement Flower Dome’s annual cherry blossom floral display.
Peggy Chong, Deputy CEO of Gardens by the Bay said, “With this being the third year of our ever-popular cherry blossom floral display, we wanted to scale things up. Seeing sakura bloom in the tropics always inspires a sense of wonder, and this year, that one-of-a-kind experience will be enhanced with many Japanese-themed events and activities that we have planned for one and all.”
The cherry blossom floral display this year features 23 varieties brought in from Japan and Europe. Returning are crowd-pleasers such as Prunus ‘Accolade’ with its robust pink blooms, and Prunus ‘Snow Fountain’ with its romantic weeping form.
The cherry blossoms are showcased against a Japanese-inspired landscape, and making a debut in this year’s display are charming sakura bonsai and lifelike dolls – an element of Japanese sub-culture and on loan from speciality collectors – dressed in elaborate kimonos posing against miniature scenes.
Aside from the spectacle of pink and white in the floral display, visitors can look forward to Flower Dome programmes organised in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Singapore’s Japan Creative Centre, such as Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations, performing arts and a kimono parade.
Fans of Japanese pop culture will enjoy Anime Garden, an anime-themed weekend with free anisong concerts featuring well-known performers from Japan such as May’n and GARNiDELiA, appearances by celebrity cosplayers like Korea’s SAIDA and Thailand’s Thames Malerose, and a Pikachu dance parade.
Rounding off the festivities at the end of the month is Sakura Japan Fair, which is organised in collaboration with JTB Pte Ltd, and features Japanese food and retail options, workshops and performances.
Please refer to the Annex for the line-up and schedule of activities in Sakura Matsuri.
Singapore Garden Festival blossoms into three signature garden and horticulture shows
Having achieved recognition at home and overseas for six editions, an expanded show format will be introduced for premier international garden and flower show Singapore Garden Festival (SGF). SGF will grow into three complementary flower and horticultural shows instead of only one main show. Offshoots of the anchor Festival, SGF Orchid Show and SGF Horticulture Show will comprise various popular SGF elements, allowing them to entertain visitors at individual platforms. With this expansion, Singaporeans will have more opportunities to appreciate tropical horticulture and floral artistry every year. The stable of three signature SGF shows was announced today at an event to launch the Festival, which returns in July this year.
The world’s largest flower basket is made from over 27,000 flowers. The 50 varieties of plants in the basket include perennial favourites like orchids that are popular as cut flowers (e.g. Dendrobium Lucian Pink, Dendrobium Sonia and Oncidium goldiana var. golden shower), heritage orchids (e.g. Aranthera Beatrice Ng and Aranda Noorah Alsagoff), Heliconias and Alpinias. More than 150 community gardeners, volunteers, and students, facilitated by National Parks Board (NParks) staff, gathered to set this new Guinness World Record over 12 days. Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, put the final touches to the display. The floral exhibit will be showcased at Takashimaya Square (Basement 2) until 11 March, and an ongoing series of free talks and demonstrations on orchids and floral design are being held from 9 to 11 March. Also on display through the weekend is an assortment of celebrity orchids including Dendrobium hybrids named after Amitabh Bachchan, Joseph Schooling, Stefanie Sun and Zhou Xun. This event was supported by Takashimaya Singapore Ltd as the venue sponsor, in conjunction with its 25th anniversary celebrations.
Shoppers also had the opportunity to watch local designers compete in the preliminary rounds of the Floral Windows to the World competition on 8 March. The top three finalists were announced this morning and will compete in SGF 2018 alongside international designers.
Following this weekend’s activities, SGF roadshows will be held at HDB Hub at Toa Payoh (5 to 6 May, 30 June to 1 July), Orchard Road pedestrian mall (25 May to 29 July) and Northpoint City (1 to 10 June).
Public can look forward to SGF shows every year
With the expansion of SGF into three signature shows, local residents and international visitors can look forward to at least one floral extravaganza in Singapore every year.
A new addition is the SGF Orchid Show, a spinoff from the main show, organised in partnership with the Orchid Society of South East Asia. Floral enthusiasts can look forward to the inaugural show from 21 to 29 April this year, where orchid landscape displays and award-winning orchid plants will be showcased at the National Orchid Garden and other parts of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Talks, demonstrations and guided tours will also further acquaint visitors with this flower that is closely linked to Singapore’s identity, while a marketplace will feature a myriad of plant, gardening and landscape-related products for sale.
And starting in early 2019 is the SGF Horticulture Show, which will take place at Singapore’s upcoming national gardens in the heartlands, Jurong Lake Gardens. The nine-day biennial event will be an opportunity for local industry partners and students to showcase their expertise in areas like landscape design, horticulture skills such as growing and cultivating plants, and skyrise greenery.
Minister Lee said, “The Singapore Garden Festival, since its launch in 2006, has brought together gardening enthusiasts, industry professionals, local and international designers, and the community. Moving forward, we will grow the Festival into three signature shows. With this expanded format, there will be even more opportunities for the public to appreciate tropical horticulture and experience the wonders of plants through creative floral displays. We hope that this will inspire more individuals and organisations to join us in co-creating our biophilic City in a Garden.”
SGF 2018: A visual fiesta of the best in tropical horticulture and floral artistry by international and local talent.
This year, the mainstay SGF will return for its seventh edition from 21 July to 3 August. The 14-day show will bring together award-winning international designers and well-established local names, community gardeners and plant enthusiasts, to present the best of tropical horticulture and floral artistry spread across The Meadow, Supertree Grove and Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.
Returning to defend his “Best of Show” title from SGF 2016 is Inch Lim (Malaysia) who will again be participating in the Landscape Garden competition. Other returning SGF 2016 Gold medallists include Kagae Kazuhiro and Koga Katsuhiko (Japan; participating in Landscape Garden but won Gold at SGF 2016 Fantasy Garden competition), as well as Leon Kluge (South Africa; participating in Fantasy Garden competition but won Gold at SGF 2016 Landscape Garden competition).
Local designers include Chang Huai-yan and Ng Sze Oun (Landscape), founders of Salad Dressing which won the President’s Design Award in 2016; as well as John Tan, recipient of the Gold award at the Landscape Industry Association of Singapore (LIAS) Awards of Excellence 2017. Another notable local participant is Keith Lin, who won a Gold Medal for his floral arrangement at the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show. He will compete in the Floral Windows to the World competition alongside other local and international floral designers at SGF 2018.
Local talent will also be a highlight at the Balcony Gardens competition, which will provide practical ideas for Singaporeans living in high-rise apartments keen to explore balcony gardening designs.
Visitors can also look forward to a brand-new Orchid Extravaganza floral display in the Flower Dome, conceptualised by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Royston Tan, and newly added displays including the ASEAN Garden – a special feature to mark Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018 – and the Secret Garden of Edibles, where they can explore and enjoy a sensory experience with fruits and vegetables from temperate climates.
SGF is jointly organised by NParks and Gardens by the Bay. For more information, please visit www.singaporegardenfestival.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/SGGardenFest
Gardens by the Bay comes aglow this Lunar New Year with debut of UV Northern Lions and UV Lotus Dragon
Dancers from Tian Eng Dragon & Lion Dance Centre will be bringing the UV Northern Lions and UV Lotus Dragon to life over two weekends in February, as part of Gardens by the Bay’s Lunar New Year celebrations.
Visitors to Gardens by the Bay last night were treated to a sneak peek of the Ultraviolet (UV) Northern Lions and Lotus Dragon as performers rehearsed at the Supertree Grove in preparation for the premiere this Saturday.
The performance, entitled “Rise of the Guardians” (守护者联盟), will see the UV Northern Lions (夜光北狮) making their debut in Singapore alongside the well liked UV Lotus Dragon (夜光莲花龙). The UV element poses an added level of challenge as the team of 13 dancers from Tian Eng Dragon & Lion Dance Centre (新加坡天鷹龍狮学院) have to perform in dim light. Though adept at traditional lion and dragon dance, they have been rehearsing for the past two weeks to ensure that the stunning UV effect is brought out through specially tailored choreography.
“Rise of the Guardians” will take place over two weekends in February as part of Gardens by the Bay’s Lunar New Year programme “Spring Surprise” (春 ● 喜). Besides the UV lion and dragon dance, Spring Surprise will be celebrating the Year of the Dog with a variety of cultural performances and several dog-themed activities including yoga and parkour for canines.
Visitors can also enjoy the Gardens’ first floral display of the year, “Dahlia Dreams” (大丽花之梦), in Flower Dome. From 16 February to 4 March, Singapore residents can receive a free conservatory ticket for local seniors with every full-priced adult ticket purchased onsite.
Dr Kiat W. Tan retires as Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay
19 January 2018, Singapore – Founding Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay, Dr Kiat W. Tan, who spearheaded the development of Gardens by the Bay and established it as a renowned international icon for Singapore, will step down from his role on 15 February 2018. Dr Tan will continue to serve as Corporate Advisor to Gardens by the Bay. Mr Felix Loh, currently Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay, will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
Envisioning a World of Gardens for Singaporeans
A passionate and visionary leader, Dr Tan was instrumental in the conceptualisation and development of Gardens by the Bay. Conceiving a “garden of the future” – one that breaks new ground in the Plant World and fuses nature, architecture and technology to capture the imagination of an urban generation – he led a multidisciplinary team to embark on the pioneering project of constructing a horticultural haven on reclaimed land.
In the five years since its opening in 2012, Gardens by the Bay has welcomed more than 40 million visitors and grown into a world renowned horticultural attraction that is embraced by Singaporeans as a national garden to call their own. Under Dr Tan’s leadership, it became the first garden in the world to receive the prestigious Thea Award, regarded as the Oscars of the international attractions industry. The Gardens also currently ranks top on TripAdvisor’s Things to do in Singapore. But beyond the iconic status, it remains firmly rooted as a people’s garden for present and future generations of Singaporeans to enjoy. Dr Tan’s commitment to creating a “Garden of Wonder” that Singaporeans can be proud of has seen 90% of the grounds freely accessible, with a year-round calendar of wide-ranging programmes catering to people from all walks of life. His efforts to make the Gardens an endearing place for the community are bearing fruit, with 1 in 2 local residents having visited the Gardens at least once over the last 12 months.
Growing a City in a Garden
Building his career around the stewardship of nature, Dr Tan has dedicated over 30 years to conserving the natural heritage in an increasingly urbanised Singapore.
He has held several senior appointments, including founding CEO of National Parks Board from 1990 to 2006. Envisioning Singapore as a “City in a Garden”, he sought to make it a liveable and sustainable home for Singaporeans. Dr Tan intensified Singapore’s green spaces through the development of more green lungs and corridors. He worked towards enhancing accessibility to nature areas, as well as strengthening biodiversity conservation efforts and encouraging greater ground-up ownership. He also laid out the master plan for the redevelopment of Singapore Botanic Gardens and spearheaded its transformation into a world-class botanical institution.
Dr Tan raised Singapore’s profile as a centre for horticultural excellence and reinforced its branding as a City in a Garden with the introduction of the Singapore Garden Festival in 2006. Leveraging on his expertise and reputation in the field of botany, he was instrumental in helping Singapore win the opportunity to host the 20th World Orchid Conference in 2011.
Dr Tan continues to devote his energies to Singapore’s City in a Garden vision as Advisor to National Parks Board.
After his retirement as CEO of Gardens by the Bay, he will continue to play an important role in the progress of the Gardens as Corporate Advisor. This will include providing landscape and horticultural advice for the upcoming development of the Founders’ Memorial at Bay East Garden.
“It has been a fulfilling journey to see Gardens by the Bay blossom from the seed of an idea into a world renowned horticultural attraction and national garden for Singaporeans. I am glad to have worked alongside an extremely capable and passionate team who rose to the challenge of creating one of the world’s great tropical gardens. Gardens by the Bay truly stands as a hallmark of wonder in our City in a Garden,” said Dr Tan.
Dr Tan will be succeeded by Mr Felix Loh, who is currently Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay. Mr Loh, a horticulturist by training, joined the Gardens four years ago and has more than 20 years of experience in parks management, horticulture and landscape industry development, and policy development. A former National Parks Board scholar, he had also served in the Ministry of National Development in various capacities, overseeing infrastructure policies, human resource, finance and corporate development functions.
Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Dr Tan has epitomised excellence in forging a greener Singapore with Gardens by the Bay, capturing a special place in the hearts of Singaporeans. We are grateful for his service to the Gardens and are confident that his new role as Corporate Advisor will continue to provide invaluable guidance even as the new management team seeks to further strengthen Gardens by the Bay as an international horticultural wonder.”
Gardens by the Bay's Cloud Forest unveils enhancements
Mr Tan Jiew Hoe, Board Director at Gardens by the Bay and President of the Singapore Gardening Society, showing the new features of the Secret Garden in Cloud Forest to Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development.
Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest cooled conservatory recently completed a series of enhancements, where several exhibits were revamped to create a more engaging experience for visitors. This is the first time since the Gardens opened in 2012 that Cloud Forest has undergone significant changes.
In this cool-moist conservatory, which houses more than 72,000 plants, visitors can experience the unique diversity and ecology of cloud forests, which are generally found on misty mountains throughout the tropics of Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.
The exhibits that were enhanced are Secret Garden, Cloud Forest Gallery and Cloud Forest Theatre. A biannual changing orchid display was also introduced recently in September.
Today, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development Mr Desmond Lee was guest of honour at the launch of the enhanced Cloud Forest, where he experienced the new features.
Mr Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Cloud Forest is a place where hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered, be it plants with ancestry that can be traced back to prehistoric times, or orchids so tiny that you need to appreciate their beauty through a magnifying glass. The enhancements are part of our ethos to consistently offer something new, so that our visitors will come back again and again to re-discover the wonders of the Plant Kingdom.”
A transformed landscape at Secret Garden
The revamped Secret Garden gives visitors an immersive experience of exploring limestone forests and caves.
Secret Garden, nestled at the foot of the mountain, is a representation of limestone forests and caves. These areas are endangered habitats due to climate change.
As part of the new landscaping enhancements, more than 7,000 plants of more than 135 species and hybrids have been added to the plant collection here. Many of these plants belong to the gesneriads, begonias, orchids and ferns families, as these plants are commonly found in these habitats.
Other new elements include limestone and rock structures, as well as lighting features.
A showcase of miniature orchids was also installed recently. These orchids are so small that magnifying glasses have been put in place for visitors to view their blooms.
The revamped Secret Garden gives visitors a more immersive experience as they walk through the space. The hope is that by experiencing the beauty of limestone forests and caves, visitors gain a greater awareness and appreciation for the biodiversity in these places.
Mr Tan Jiew Hoe, Board Director at Gardens by the Bay and President of the Singapore Gardening Society, sponsored the enhancement of the Secret Garden and worked closely with the Gardens by the Bay team on the project.
He said, “For the new Secret Garden, we chose plants that can be found in the special environment of limestone forests and caves. In time to come, we hope to slowly introduce species that are either endangered or close to extinction, and nurture a refugium for plants.”
A new Cloud Forest Gallery and Cloud Forest Theatre
The new displays at Cloud Forest Gallery explain the possible sixth extinction caused by humans through multimedia.
Cloud Forest Gallery and Cloud Forest Theatre were previously known as Earth Check and +5 Degrees respectively.
The changes to these two multimedia-centric zones of Cloud Forest broaden the focus on climate change into a more thematic journey for visitors.
In these two zones, visitors are given an insight into the Anthropocene, the current geological period mankind is living in, where for the first time in history a single species has a dominating influence on the climate and environment.
Visitors are also shown how human actions are causing a loss in biodiversity, and why the world is moving towards what is colloquially called the “sixth extinction” by scientists.
The new Cloud Forest Gallery amplifies the multimedia elements of its previous incarnation Earth Check with graphics, colourful dioramas, short video clips and interesting artifacts to explain – through the strong use of visuals – the possible sixth extinction caused by humans.
The new Cloud Forest Theatre is a mini-auditorium that screens two videos on climate change and conservation.
From Cloud Forest Gallery, visitors move on to Cloud Forest Theatre, where the message of the sixth extinction culminates in a hopeful ending – how people can do their part to help nature, in order to veer away from potential disaster and towards a more sustainable future.
Visitors are greeted by a hologram that illustrates the ecologically-sensitive approach in building Gardens by the Bay. Following this, they enter a revamped mini-auditorium space where they can watch two videos, the ever-popular “+5 Degrees” as well as a new video, “Green World”.
“+5 Degrees” is a video presentation on the negative effects on the planet if the temperature increases by five degrees while “Green World” explores the positive changes people can make to positively impact our environment.
Cloud Forest Gallery and Cloud Forest Theatre are supported by ST Engineering.
Biannual changing orchid displays
Visitors to Cloud Forest can also look forward to biannual changing displays of one of the world’s most diverse botanical families – orchids.
The inaugural orchid display, which focused on Cattleya orchids and their relatives, launched on September 10 this year. The next orchid display, which will showcase orchids from the genus Dendrobium, will begin in March next year.
Please refer to the Annex for more information on plant highlights at the enhanced Secret Garden here.
Santa Claus travels from Lapland to meet young beneficiaries in Singapore
Children from Hope Centre (Singapore) were delighted to meet Santa Claus from Lapland in Flower Dome. Their visit was part of a special series of outings organised for voluntary welfare organisations by
Gardens by the Bay.
Thirty-three children from Hope Centre (Singapore) enjoyed an early Yuletide treat at Gardens by the Bay today when they met Santa Claus, who has travelled here all the way from Lapland.
Chaperoned by Gardens by the Bay staff, the children met Santa inside Flower Dome, which has been transformed for the “Poinsettia Wishes” floral display, complete with Santa’s cabin, post office, toy workshop and candy store amidst brightly-coloured poinsettias and other holiday season blooms.
The meet-and-greet with Santa Claus was organised by Gardens by the Bay for seven voluntary welfare organisations, as part of the Gardens’ community outreach efforts.
In the month of December, more than 300 children aged between seven and 12 years old from Hope Centre (Singapore), Life Community Services Society (Yishun and Pasir Ris), Infant Jesus Homes & Children's Centres, Rainbow Center – Yishun Park School, Children's Aid Society, and En Community Services Society – TriLOVE Student Care Centre, will get to meet Santa.
“This is the first time that Santa Claus from Lapland is visiting Gardens by the Bay to be part of our yuletide festivities, and we thought it would make Christmas very special for the children if they got to meet him amidst the beauty of Flower Dome, which has been transformed into a wintry landscape,” said Ms Ong Chui Leng, Senior Director of Programming at Gardens by the Bay.
“The chance to meet Santa Claus in Flower Dome is a wonderful early Christmas present for the children. It was such a delight to see the smiles on their faces when they met Santa in person. It’s a special experience that’s hard to forget,” said Ms Jen Lim, Head of Corporate Communications and Fundraising at Hope Centre (Singapore).
Members of the public can also meet Santa Claus in person in Flower Dome on selected days in December, as he is also here for Gardens by the Bay’s “Poinsettia Wishes” Christmas Programmes.
Other activities in the “Poinsettia Wishes” Christmas Programmes include storytelling by Santa’s elves, pantomime performances, festive dances, meet-and-greet with Gardens by the Bay’s mascot Wise Wee, and a unique holiday season performance by Chinese chamber music ensemble Ding Yi Music Company. To complete the experience of a magical yuletide, a projection of the Northern Lights plays in Flower Dome every evening from 7pm.
“Poinsettia Wishes” Floral Display
Date: 10 Nov 2017 to 8 Jan 2018
Time: 9am to 9pm (9am – 10pm from 1 Dec 2017 to 1 Jan 2018)
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply.
“Poinsettia Wishes” Christmas Programmes
Date: 7 Dec to 10 Dec 2017 & 14 Dec to 17 Dec 2017
Time: Selected timings – please click here for details
Location: Flower Dome and Canopy
Details: Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply. Programmes at Canopy are free.
Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/poinsettiawishes for more information on the “Poinsettia Wishes” floral display and Christmas Programmes, as well as ticketing promotions.
Gardens by the Bay announces change in chairmanship
After six years helming the Gardens by the Bay Board, Mrs Theresa Foo will be stepping down as Chairman on 1 December 2017.
Under her stewardship, the Gardens has grown into an internationally acclaimed horticultural attraction that is also embraced by Singaporeans as a garden of their own. Visitorship hit one million less than two months after the Gardens opened, and to date, the Gardens has welcomed more than 39 million visitors. Today, it has established itself as one of Singapore’s most popular leisure destinations and recreational spaces.
Building strong stakeholder engagement and confidence
Mrs Foo has been instrumental in steering the Gardens’ vision to be a world of gardens for all to own, enjoy and cherish. A champion in reinforcing the “people’s garden” identity, she supported several initiatives to promote greater visitation and involvement of Singaporeans. The introduction of the “Gift of Gardens” community outreach programme has enabled more to enjoy the Gardens, while the “Friends of the Gardens” network of members and volunteers reflect the growing affinity between the community and the Gardens. A concerted effort was also made to present quality floral displays alongside wide-ranging events and activities that cater to people from all walks of life.
With her illustrious career spanning over 40 years in the banking industry and chairmanship on several Boards, Mrs Foo has provided valuable guidance in corporate governance. At the Charity Transparency and Governance Awards 2017 organised by the Charity Council yesterday, the Gardens not only received the Charity Transparency Award for exemplary disclosure practices, but was conferred the Charity Governance Award – the top honours for achieving the highest standards of governance – in the large charity category.
Nurturing a garden of wonder
“While Gardens by the Bay is relatively young, having just celebrated its fifth anniversary this year, it has been a rewarding experience for me to be part of the Board, pioneering key milestones. Not many would have the opportunity to witness the evolution of an architectural marvel into a place of wonder for all ages and an icon of Singapore. I am heartened to work alongside passionate individuals who share in the vision for the Gardens. We have shown to the world that Singapore is capable of creating a masterpiece that combines nature, technology and community elements within a bustling cosmopolitan city-nation,” said Mrs Theresa Foo.
Mrs Foo will be succeeded by Mr Niam Chiang Meng, who is currently Deputy Chairman of Gardens by the Bay.
“Gardens by the Bay has placed Singapore on the world map with its remarkable achievements and accolades under Mrs Foo’s leadership. I am looking forward to further contribute as its Chairman in driving the Gardens’ vision and mission in the exciting years ahead,” said Mr Niam Chiang Meng.
Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay, added, “We would like to thank Mrs Theresa Foo for her commitment and contribution since the inception of Gardens by the Bay. The Gardens’ first five years were filled with many firsts, which were also milestones for Singapore as a City in a Garden. Mrs Foo’s guidance has seen us through a crucial stage, and her dedication to the Board has set a strong foundation for the Gardens in its efforts to create wonder for all. We also welcome Mr Niam as he assumes chairmanship and believe the Gardens will enthral and delight visitors for years to come.”
Gardens by the Bay’s orchid display clinches gold and best of show awards at 22nd World Orchid Conference 2017
The Gardens by the Bay team with “In a cavern, in a canyon”, a fantasy garden display of orchids unexpectedly thriving in undulating rock landscapes that was awarded gold at the 22nd World Orchid Conference in Ecuador.
Gardens by the Bay won gold at the 22nd World Orchid Conference (WOC 22) held in Ecuador with its orchid display, “In a cavern, in a canyon”. The winning display also went on to garner the Best of Show award. In all, Gardens by the Bay took home 10 top accolades and 32 awards for individual plants.
This is the first year Gardens by the Bay is participating in the prestigious international event, which is held every three years and is also known as the “Olympics of Orchids”. It opened yesterday in Ecuador’s Guayaquil Convention Center, and will run until November 12.
In 2011, the 20th World Orchid Conference was held in Singapore, and Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome showcased a display of orchids to mark the occasion. That was the first time the public had the opportunity to preview Flower Dome, as the Gardens only officially opened in 2012.
Gardens by the Bay’s win at WOC 22 is a significant achievement. The Gardens celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, and this is the first display that it is putting up outside of Singapore and on a world stage. The display was in competition with more than 30 stunning orchid displays from countries such as Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Barbados, Guatemala, Italy, Thailand, China, Taiwan and Canada.
Accolades on a world stage
Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay Mr Felix Loh, said, “Competition standards are high with the many beautiful exhibits and we are proud that our orchid display shone at our first international outing. Competing on a world stage not only gives our staff the opportunity to hone their horticultural skills, but this achievement also raises the international standing of Gardens by the Bay as one of Asia’s foremost garden destinations.”
President of the World Orchid Conference Trust Ms Sandra Tillisch Svoboda, said: “Gardens by the Bay is young at only five years old, but its team has demonstrated an impressive level of creativity and knowledge of orchids. By combining floral artistry with an innovative interpretation of the space within a cavern, they presented a stunning, unique environment for our visitors to explore. In recognition of their beautiful and educational display, they have been awarded the gold medal.”
“In a cavern, in a canyon” features 3,600 orchids of 76 different varieties, including well-known orchids that put Singapore’s orchid industry on the map or have special meaning to the nation.
The Gardens’ team, which has been in Ecuador since November 3 to set up “In a cavern, in a canyon”, wanted to portray through a fantastical display the unexpected wonder of orchids thriving amidst a rocky landscape. “In a cavern, in a canyon” features 3,600 orchids of 76 different varieties, including many tropical orchids from the Southeast Asian region.
These include well-known orchids that put Singapore’s orchid industry on the map, such as Papilionanda Tan Hoon Siang, as well as orchids that have special meaning to our country, such as our national flower Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim (popularly known as Vanda Miss Joaquim) and Renanthera Singaporeans
Also used in the display are hybrids created by Gardens by the Bay, such as Aranda Gardens by the Bay, Rhyncholaeliocattleya Gardens by the Bay and Dendrobium Kiat Tan.
Gardens by the Bay’s CEO recognised as Guest of Honour of Guayaquil
Gardens by the Bay received another accolade when its CEO Dr Kiat W. Tan was conferred the status of Guest of Honour of Guayaquil – the largest city of Ecuador – by its mayor Mr Jaime Nebot Saadi, at the opening ceremony of WOC 22 on November 7.
Dr Tan was honoured for his life’s work in the stewardship of nature, such as his pioneering role in the dramatic transformation of Singapore’s landscape to achieve the country’s “City in a Garden” vision, and his important contributions to the field of botany and horticulture through the years.
Presentation on inter-zonal orchid hybrids
At WOC 22, staff from Gardens by the Bay’s Research & Horticulture department will also share their expertise in hybridising highland and lowland orchids with their international peers. The team will present their research paper on their successful efforts in cross-breeding orchids from divergent temperature zones.
Crossing orchids from two disparate climactic regions is rarely done in the industry. Since 2015, the Gardens’ Research & Horticulture department has been working on an orchid hybridisation programme that focuses on crossing highland with lowland orchids to produce one-of-a-kind hybrids.
The programme recently produced its first successful highland-lowland hybrid, Dendrobium Kiat Tan, which has been registered with Royal Horticultural Society in the UK. It possesses the rare characteristic of being able to thrive in both highland and lowland climates. The Gardens’ Research & Horticulture department is in various stages of cultivating six other highland-lowland hybrids.
The team also presented a poster display on temperature effects on flowering in various orchid genera.
Gardens by the Bay celebrates the abundance of the harvest season this Mid-Autumn
(From left to right) Ms Lee Huay Leng, Head, Chinese Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings; BG Desmond Tan, CED, People’s Association; Mr Paul Tan , DCEO, National Arts Council; Guest of Honour, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee; Mrs Theresa Foo, Chairman, Gardens by the Bay; and Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay lighting up the "Arrival of the Phoenix" lantern set, which welcomes visitors to Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay.
Families and friends came together at Gardens by the Bay earlier this evening to witness the launch of Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay, by Guest of Honour, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee.
Following the lighting up of the "Arrival of the Phoenix" lantern set, Minister Lee took a tour of the large-scale lantern displays that dotted the ground of Gardens by the Bay, including the "Waters of Prosperity" lantern set – the largest to date at Gardens by the Bay, spanning 1,250 sqm over water.
Ms Ong Chui Leng, Senior Director of Programming at Gardens by the Bay, said, “Autumn is a time for harvests and to celebrate nature’s bounty. This year, we are bringing the abundance of the autumn season to visitors, with lantern displays depicting scenes of bountiful harvests and good fortune. Many of these lantern sets have been designed to bring out the Gardens’ landscape and accentuate our iconic features. Together with the myriad of festivities, we hope to welcome everyone to celebrate Mid-Autumn with family and friends at the Gardens.”
Highlights of Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay
Around the Gardens, spectacular lantern sets adorn popular outdoor and indoor spots – from a paddy field of glowing rice stalks by the edge of the Dragonfly Lake, to a plethora of fruit and vegetable lanterns complementing the "Autumn Harvest" floral display in the Flower Dome.
The Silver Garden also comes aglow with some 1,000 light installations created by beneficiaries from 30 social service organisations in Singapore. Entitled "Illuminations of Joy", this community project spearheaded by Rangoli artist Vijaya Mohan and eco-designer Didier Ng celebrates a bicultural festival of lights with a display that will run from Mid-Autumn to Deepavali.
At the Supertree Grove, free nightly cultural performances curated by co-organiser National Arts Council present opportunities for visitors to appreciate traditional arts performances by home-grown arts groups of different genres, and bond over the creative interpretations of "Blossoming Harvest".
Visitors can also try their hand at lantern decorating, umbrella painting and Chinese knotting at the interactive craft booths, or have a go at solving lantern riddles. The ever-popular Food Street offers a delectable spread of Asian delights.
Adding to the festive ambience is a special Mid-Autumn edition of the nightly "Garden Rhapsody" light and sound show. "Garden Rhapsody: Tales of the Moon" features a medley of tunes that revolve around the moon, such as the Chinese classic "The Moon Represents My Heart" (月亮代表我的心) and jazz favourite "Fly Me to the Moon".
Visitors are encouraged to download the new “Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay” mobile app from the App Store or Google Play, before exploring the festival. Developed by students from Singapore University of Technology and Design, the app allows visitors to uncover fun facts and quiz themselves on the different lantern sets while strolling through the Gardens.
This year’s Mid-Autumn celebrations is jointly organised by Gardens by the Bay and National Arts Council, in partnership with Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and People's Association. The event is supported by Tote Board and Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.
MID-AUTUMN @ GARDENS BY THE BAY
Date: Friday, 22 September – Sunday, 8 October 2017
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Location: Gardens by the Bay
Details: Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/midautumn for information and updates.
Gardens by the Bay puts spotlight on orchids
The inaugural biannual orchid display at Cloud Forest puts the spotlight on Cattleya orchids and their relatives, such as the Rhyncholaeliocattleya Duh’s Fantasy ‘Mellow’, which has showy blooms and a fragrant scent.
The first biannual orchid display of Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest cooled conservatory launched this week, and will run until December 10. These displays will showcase different orchids twice a year. The Gardens opened in 2012, and this year marks its fifth anniversary.
The orchid display in Cloud Forest is one part of Gardens by the Bay’s expanded focus on orchids. In addition to the Cloud Forest orchid display, Gardens by the Bay’s research staff have also been working on an orchid hybrisation programme since 2015, where their efforts revolve around the hybridisation of highland and lowland orchids. Crossing orchids from two disparate regions is rarely done in the botanical field.
Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay said, “In these five years, Gardens by the Bay has showcased tulips, dahlias and cherry blossoms, which our visitors thoroughly enjoy. Many of our visitors shared with us they love orchids, which have the same universal appeal. It’s a natural next step for us to explore how we can go further with orchids.”
He added, “We are in the tropics, yet we also have cooled conservatories, which makes Gardens by the Bay one of the few gardens in the world to have two unique and contrasting habitats to grow a broader range of orchids. This gives our research staff the exciting opportunity to cross-breed tropical lowland orchids with cooler highland ones, to produce one-of-a-kind hybrids to surprise and delight visitors in a way few other places can.”
Biannual orchid displays in Cloud Forest
The biannual orchid displays in Cloud Forest not only educate visitors on the various genera of orchids, but also showcase their fascinatingly myriad forms and colours.
The first display focuses on orchids from the genus Cattleya. Throughout the duration of the display, visitors will see 29 different types of Cattleya and their relatives. In total, there will be more than 400 orchids on display. Regarded as the “Queen of Orchids”, the Cattleya is also called “Corsage Orchid” due to the significant size of its blooms, which come in a broad spectrum of colours, and look lovely worn as corsages.
Visitors can look forward to seeing Cattleya orchids and their relatives from less commonly seen genera such as Guaritonia, Rhyncholaeliocattleya, Myrmecophila and Brassocattleya. Some of the highlights include the various Rhyncholaeliocattleya on show, which have large-sized and brightly-coloured flowers that are scented, for example Rhyncholaeliocattleya Duh’s Fantasy ‘Mellow’, an award-winning orchid with deep red blooms and a ruffled dark fuchsia lip marked with yellow grooves.
The next orchid display in Cloud Forest, which will take place in March 2018, will put the spotlight on another popular orchid genus, Dendrobium.
Gardens by the Bay’s orchid hybridisation programme
Gardens by the Bay has a vast collection of both highland and lowland orchids. In Cloud Forest, more than 28,000 highland orchids are grown. There are more than 29,000 lowland orchids in the Gardens, bringing the total collection to more than 57,000.
Lowland orchids grow in areas up to 800m above sea level, while highland orchids are found in regions between 1,300m and 2,500m above sea level.
The orchid hybridisation programme takes advantage of the Gardens’ unusually diverse collection of orchids, and will look into crossing highland with lowland orchids. As most hybridisation is done between orchids from similar climates, this is an uncommon practice in the industry. The programme also aims to produce hybrids that are able to thrive both in the outdoors in Singapore’s weather, and indoors in the cooled conservatories.
Orchid hybridisation is a long process, as the time taken between the formation of a seed pod after the pollination process, and the plant reaching maturity, can take between three to nine years. Selection of plants to produce a hybrid that expresses the desirable traits of its parent plants is a challenging process, and it takes extensive knowledge and experience in the field to achieve the right match.
The first successful highland-lowland hybrid by the Gardens’ research staff is Dendrobium Kiat Tan, which has been registered with Royal Horticultural Society in UK. It possesses the rare characteristic of being able to thrive in both highland and lowland climates. The Gardens’ research staff is in various stages of cultivating six other highland-lowland hybrids.
The 22nd World Orchid Conference
In November, a team from Gardens by the Bay will represent Singapore at the 22nd World Orchid Conference in Ecuador, where they will put together an orchid-themed display in competition.
The Gardens’ research staff will also be sharing their expertise in hybridising highland and lowland orchids with their international peers when they present a paper on the potential of species breeding from divergent temperature zones.
Please refer to the Annexes here for more information on highlights of the inaugural Cloud Forest orchid display, 10 facts about Cattleya, hybridisation of orchids at Gardens by the Bay, and Dendrobium Kiat Tan.
Gardens by the Bay celebrates five years as a garden for all
This year marks a milestone for Gardens by the Bay, as it celebrates five years since its beginnings as a bold idea to build a national garden on reclaimed land. Five years on, Gardens by the Bay has grown to become a world-renowned attraction that is also embraced by Singaporeans as a garden to call their own.
Breaking away from botanical conventions and filling each year’s calendar with a diverse spectrum of events and activities has encouraged an enduring interest among the public, as evident by the steady increase in visitorship through the years. Gardens by the Bay received its first millionth visitor in August 2012, less than two months after it opened. To date, the Gardens has welcomed more than 33 million visitors.
Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Gardens by the Bay had a clear purpose from the beginning – to become a space for the community to gather and appreciate the beauty of nature. Five years old is young in botanical terms, so we are heartened that Gardens by the Bay has found a place in the hearts of Singaporeans as well as our friends overseas. Our vision to be a place where wonders bloom for one and all will continue to drive all that we do.”
In celebration of the year the Gardens turns five, visitors can look forward to the Supertree Grove coming alive with an exciting lineup of activities, including the show-stopping Gardens Extravaganza Special. There is also a unique floral display, Blue Beauties, in Flower Dome.
The Gardens Extravaganza Special, the highlight of the festivities, is a two-night-only evening showcase happening on June 3 and June 4. The Supertree Grove will become the stage for a multimedia show featuring dancers, aerial performers, dramatic video mapping and special effects on a scale that visitors have never seen before at the Gardens.
Blue Beauties, which opened last Friday, puts the spotlight on blue flowers like agapanthus, hydrangeas and delphiniums, as true spectrum blue is one of the most uncommon colours in the Plant Kingdom.
Pushing the Boundaries of Botanical Possibilities
There are close to 1.5 million plants in Gardens by the Bay, which remains unique in the region as the only garden to combine nature with cutting-edge engineering and green technology to create an environment to showcase plants from all over the world.
The two Cooled Conservatories, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, reverse the concept of the typical greenhouse by providing a cool environment for plants. There are more than 72,000 plants from Tropical Montane regions in the cool-moist Cloud Forest. In the cool-dry Flower Dome, there are more than 28,000 plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions.
The ever-changing flower field in Flower Dome has showcased 35 floral displays to date. These floral displays are an example of how green technology combined with horticultural ingenuity makes possible what is otherwise unimaginable in the botanical world – making temperate plants bloom in a tropical climate. Be it dahlias, tulips or cherry blossoms, these flowers have bloomed in Singapore, thanks to the climate-controlled Flower Dome, where it is perpetually spring.
The Supertrees, a lauded example of innovative vertical greening in a dense urban landscape, are home to more than 158,000 plants.
New Attractions through the Years
The Supertrees and Cooled Conservatories, along with the Outdoor Gardens, have been the highlights of Gardens by the Bay since Day One, but new attractions have also opened in the last five years. In line with Gardens by the Bay’s objective to be a garden for all, these attractions are free for the public to enjoy.
In 2014, the Far East Organization Children’s Garden opened to the public. The Sun Pavilion, a display of cacti in the outdoors, also opened in the same year with the support of Woh Hup (Private) Limited. With the Sun Pavilion, Gardens by the Bay owns the largest collection of cacti and succulents in Southeast Asia.
In 2015, Singapore’s largest and only Floral Clock was launched in collaboration with watchmaker Audemars Piguet.
The newest attraction at Gardens by the Bay is rock garden The Canyon, which opened last year and features more than 60 unique rock forms amidst plants from arid regions.
Diverse Events for a Broad Audience
To date, there have been more than 1,000 events held at Gardens by the Bay. These events are varied in nature, and one of the ways the Gardens broadens its engagement with the community.
The lineup to date this year includes indie music festival St. Jerome Laneway Festival, Asia’s largest night run the Sundown Marathon and Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You.
Gardens by the Bay also organises its own flagship events, and many of them are free for the public. In March this year, life-sized dinosaur sculptures were brought into the Supertree Grove for the annual Children’s Festival, while come September, visitors can look forward to seeing lanterns dotting the landscape as part of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.
The Garden Rhapsody sound and light show, where lights on the 12 Supertrees at the Supertree Grove dance according to music twice every evening, is refreshed constantly. There have been 20 different renditions of the Garden Rhapsody so far, which range from a nostalgic medley of well-loved Asian songs, to popular Broadway tunes, to the recent Star Wars-themed edition, which attracted international attention.
Reaching out to the Community
In an effort to enable more people to enjoy Gardens by the Bay, the Gift of Gardens scheme was started in 2012 to reach out to the less privileged in society.
Under the Gift of Gardens scheme, voluntary welfare organisations providing direct social services to beneficiaries enjoy complimentary admission to the Cooled Conservatories. The scheme also extends to holders of the ComCare Long Term Assistance Scheme (also known as Public Assistance Scheme) card and Developmental Disability Registry card. Last year, more than 20,000 people benefitted from Gift of Gardens.
Gardens by the Bay also runs a series of education programmes to nurture an appreciation of nature among the younger generation, ranging from children of pre-school age to secondary school students. Some of these signature programmes include the Garden Troopers workshops and the Youths Celebrate Sustainability! festival.
Please refer to the Annex for more information on fifth anniversary celebrations, and facts and figures about the Gardens here.
Step into the world of Vincent van Gogh at Tulipmania 2017
Vincent van Gogh and his paintings provide the inspiration for this year’s Tulipmania at Gardens by the Bay.
See art blossom before your eyes in this year’s Tulipmania, as Gardens by the Bay draws inspiration from one of the Netherlands’ most celebrated artists, Vincent van Gogh.
Tulipmania is an annual highlight on the Gardens’ calendar of changing floral displays, which seek to delight visitors with flowers not commonly seen in Singapore. Now in its fifth edition, the well-loved tulip festival has transformed the Flower Dome into a floral art gallery with two of Van Gogh’s masterpieces – his self-portrait and The Starry Night – recreated with tulips and hyacinths. Visitors can also look forward to admiring the beautiful blooms in a palette of colours inspired by Van Gogh’s many artworks.
The display features over 30,000 tulips and hyacinths, comprising some 90 different varieties, from the Netherlands. A highlight this year are the Darwin hybrid tulips, appreciated for their vibrant and large cup-shaped blooms. Visitors can join the complimentary guided tours to find out more fascinating facts and anecdotes about the display, and local senior citizens enjoy 50% discount on their admission tickets to the conservatories during this period.
“Tulipmania” Floral Display
Date: Saturday, 1 April 2017 – Sunday, 7 May 2017
Time: 9am to 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to the Flower Dome applies. For more information on the floral display and related promotions and programmes,For more information on the floral display and related promotions and programmes, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/tulipmania.
Cherry blossoms are back at Gardens by the Bay
Visitors can enjoy the sight of more cherry blossoms trees, as well as new varieties, at this year’s “Blossom Bliss” floral display, which is set in a Japanese-themed landscape.
Cherry blossoms take centre stage in Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome once more in the “Blossom Bliss” floral display.
“Blossom Bliss” is the second time that the Gardens is putting together a floral display of cherry blossoms. It continues the spirit of its predecessor last year, which explored the possibility of bringing cherry blossoms to the tropics – a challenging endeavour as blooming is sensitive to the weather. Gardens by the Bay staff have been closely monitoring the trees and their flowering patterns in Flower Dome conditions.
“Despite the challenges of bringing sakura to Singapore, we were encouraged by the positive response from the public last year to explore another floral display this year. We hope our visitors can once again experience the sense of wonder these beautiful, short-lived blooms evoke,” said Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay.
In all, more than 20 varieties of cherry blossoms have been brought in and they are complemented by peach blossoms.
Crowd favourites from last year, such as Prunus Accolade, a quiet beauty with simple pale pink flowers, and Prunus Kikushidare, a variety with flowers reminiscent of chrysanthemums, are back again this year.
New varieties this year include Prunus Snow Fountain, which has a weeping shape that makes the masses of small white flowers on its branches look like cascading snow, and Prunus Fukubana, a small, showy tree that produces profuse clusters of rich pink flowers.
Prunus Accolade, with its simple pale pink flowers, is one of the cherry blossom varieties from last year’s floral display making a return to “Blossom Bliss” this year.
This year’s floral display features more cherry blossom trees, which are spread out around Flower Dome instead of only showcased within the flower field.
The trees are set amidst a Japanese-inspired landscape, with charming traditional elements such as a tea house and authentic Japanese rickshaws. A pathway flanked by cherry and peach blossom trees provides a particularly picturesque backdrop for photos.
Cherry blossom blooms last for about one to two weeks. Visitors can visit Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gardensbythebay for updates on the state of blooming before they visit. Visitors are encouraged to come during weekdays, to avoid potential peak period crowds.
“Blossom Bliss” Floral Display
Date: Until 24 March 2017
Time: 9am to 9pm
Details: Admission charges to Flower Dome apply. Visitors may pre-book their tickets online.
For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/blossombliss.
Regular updates on the blooming status are available on www.facebook.com/gardensbythebay.
Gardens by the Bay to soar to greater heights this Lunar New Year with record-setting LED Phoenix
Photo caption: Female members of the Tian Eng Dragon & Lion Dance Centre will be bringing the LED Phoenix to life in a majestic display of poise and grandeur at Gardens by the Bay
SINGAPORE, 2 February 2017 – Members of the public were treated to a sneak peek into the record-setting Phoenix Dance yesterday night as performers rehearsed alongside the stunning Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay.
Measuring 11.16m in length and 5.05m in width, this handcrafted LED Phoenix will be making its spectacular official debut in front of the crowds tomorrow, where they will vie for a spot in the Singapore Book of Records as the “Largest Dancing Phoenix (最大，会舞动的凤凰)”. Featuring more than a thousand LED lights and takine more than two months to craft, it will be brought to life by an all-female troupe from the Tian Eng Dragon & Lion Dance Centre.
Visitors can catch the majestic performance “Rise of the Golden Phoenix （金凤飞舞，庆新春）” as the mystical creature illuminates the night sky at Gardens by the Bay over two weekends in February. Together with six smaller LED phoenixes, the performance will also attempt to set a Singapore Record for “Largest Phoenix Dance Display （最大规模的凤凰表演）”.
“Spring Surprise” at Gardens by the Bay
30 Jan to 12 Feb
12pm - 5pm
God of Fortune
30 Jan, 4 Feb & 5 Feb, 11 Feb & 12 Feb
12pm, 2pm, 4pm
1 Feb to 5 Feb
3 Feb & 4 Feb
12pm - 9pm
ZingO Festival Drums
Dance of a Thousand Hands
Rise of the Golden Phoenix
3 Feb & 4 Feb
8pm (3 & 4 Feb)
7pm (10 & 11Feb)
An evening with The Philharmonic Winds
7pm - 9pm
“Spring Surprise” is part of the Lunar New Year celebrations at Gardens by the Bay. Besides an exciting line-up of programmes, visitors can also enjoy a brand-new floral display, “Dahlia Dreams”, which features vibrant blooms of Dahlias and Begonias in auspicious hues of red, orange and yellow.
Nathan Hartono and beneficiaries from Children’s Cancer Foundation put together a Christmas tree with heart at Gardens by the Bay
Beneficiaries from Children’s Cancer Foundation and Nathan Hartono putting up their Christmas baubles.
Of all the Christmas trees adorning the “Merry Medley” floral display in Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome, one in particular stands out. On this tree hangs Christmas baubles that have been personally handcrafted by local singing sensation Nathan Hartono and 15 beneficiaries from Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF).
In a special engagement held in the Flower Dome today, Nathan and the children, who are aged between 6 and 12 years old, gathered for a craft session to make their own Christmas baubles. Everyone brought along an item that was personally meaningful to them, and placed it inside their transparent bauble as a finishing touch. After hanging their Christmas baubles on the tree, Nathan and the children penned their hopes for the yuletide season on a wish board.
The Christmas tree and wish board will be on display in the Flower Dome as part of the “Merry Medley” floral display until 5 January 2017.
Ms Peggy Chong, Deputy CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “With Christmas being the season of giving, we wanted to do something meaningful for the beneficiaries of Children’s Cancer Foundation. We hope the kids had a memorable time with Nathan Hartono amidst the beauty of winter blooms, and experienced that special sense of wonder that Gardens by the Bay brings to visitors.”
“This is the first time that I’m visiting the Flower Dome with my parents, and I’m happy that I get to decorate the Christmas bauble with Nathan gor gor. I had specially handcrafted the heart shaped bauble with a CCF play therapist just for this event,” said Lim Rui Ze, 9 years old.
On the same evening, visitors to the Flower Dome were given a special treat as Nathan serenaded the crowd with a yuletide classic, “The Christmas Song”, beside the 11-metre-tall Christmas Tower situated amidst the “Merry Medley” floral display. In addition, 30 lucky winners of a social media contest participated in a meet-and-greet session with him.
( gor gor refers to “brother” in Chinese dialect.)
Gardens by the Bay's new rock garden takes the imagination to bigger boulder heights
Minister for National Development & Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong is taken on a tour of Gardens by the Bay’s newest attraction The Canyon by its designer, Japanese landscape architect Jun-ichi Inada (right).
“What do you think that looks like?” could be an oft-heard refrain from visitors to Gardens by the Bay’s newest attraction, The Canyon. Featuring more than 60 one-of-a-kind rock forms naturally sculpted by Mother Nature, the 0.4 hectare rock garden launched today by Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development & Second Minister for Finance, seeks to take visitors on a journey of discovery and imagination.
Designed by established Japanese landscape designer Jun-ichi Inada, The Canyon, which is located just steps away from the Far East Organization Children’s Garden, encourages the young – and young at heart – to unleash their imagination as they wander through the 400-metre-long dragon-shaped trail, forming their own stories as they explore the natural rock forms.
Complementing these rocks are over 5,900 plants from arid regions specially selected for their interesting qualities, as well as four sculptures.
Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Nature has many marvellous elements, and while flora is much celebrated at Gardens by the Bay, The Canyon offers a different perspective by showcasing the beauty in rocks. We hope that this is a place that will inspire a sense of wonder in children, especially since the young have such unfettered imagination.”
Rock solid foundations
In preparation for The Canyon, the team at Gardens by the Bay spent close to three years sourcing for unusual natural rock forms in Shandong, China, seeking out each rock for its aesthetic appeal, unique shape and massive size that would make the landscape stand out against the backdrop of the Cooled Conservatories.
Naturally shaped by weather and time, several of these rock forms date back to more than a thousand years. The widest rock measures 9m across, while the tallest reaches a height of 7m.
Exotic plant varieties
The Canyon also features 200 exotic plant species from hot and dry regions, which were chosen for their unusual appearances or surprising qualities, to complement the spectacle of unique rock forms. Many of these plants are palms, cycads, and succulents not often seen in Singapore.
Plant enthusiasts will have the opportunity to view uncommon species such as the strikingly attractive Carnauba Waxed Palm, the bizarre-looking Grass Tree with its blackened stem, the Cockspur Coral Tree that has flowers resembling the sharp spur of a cock’s feet, and the Brazilian Rain Tree with its peculiar twisted trunk and pretty powderpuff flowers.
Sculptures of note
Besides spurring one’s imagination, creativity continues to take flight in The Canyon with four sculptures. Keep an eye out for “Dragonfly”, a supersized version of the aforementioned insect crafted from scrap metal, and “Marco Drago”, a whimsical dragon sculpture inspired by an original tale.
Adding to the mystical appeal of The Canyon are two Chinese totems intricately crafted from granite, with the taller one overlooking the beautiful Marina Bay.
Documenting the journey of Gardens by the Bay
The opening of The Canyon also saw the launch of a commemorative book “The World in a Garden”, which chronicles the journey of Gardens by the Bay from its initial development, to being recognised as a People’s Garden today.
Written by Bonnie Tinsley, “The World in a Garden” is available at the gift shops at Gardens by the Bay as well as major bookstores at the recommended retail price of $69.90.
Please refer to the Media Factsheet for more information.
Largest Rangoli Collage Made of Glass Marbles at Gardens by the Bay
Senior Minister of State, Mr. Heng Chee How, putting the final touches to the Rangoli Radiance display, created by local visual artist Vijaya Mohan (right) with the help of over 550 members of the community.
A stunning display of Indian floor art set a new Singapore Record for “Largest Collage Made of Glass Marbles” today at Gardens by the Bay. Measuring 10 metres by 12 metres, the colourful Rangoli exhibit was created by local visual artist Mdm Vijaya Mohan and over 550 members of the community to celebrate Deepavali. It was officially unveiled this morning by Guest of Honour, Mr Heng Chee How, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office and Member of Parliament, Jalan Besar GRC, who placed the finishing touch.
Rangoli Radiance adds a modern twist to the traditional art form through the creative use of mixed media such as glass marbles, glitter and coloured paper. Close to 15,000 glass marbles were used in total. Conceptualised by Vijaya, preparatory works for the community art installation started back in August, when she worked with 25 organisations including voluntary welfare organisations and schools to co-create some 500 individual pieces of artwork. The individual artworks were then pieced together by Vijaya on-site at The Rose in Gardens by the Bay on Friday, 21 October, the day prior to the event.
In her work as a visual artist, Vijaya seeks to explore the creation of Rangoli beyond traditional means, utilising different approaches, mediums and locations. She is a Guinness World Record Holder for the largest Rangoli pattern (2003) and a holder of the Singapore Book of Records in 13 categories. This is her 14th record. Visitors can catch the Rangoli Radiance exhibition till 30 October 2016 in celebration of Deepavali. There will also be free workshops on 22 and 23 October for visitors to create their own Rangoli artwork.
Please refer to the Annex for more information.
This Mid-Autumn, light up your lantern with your smartphone
Gardens by the Bay staff showcasing the interactive lantern powered by a smartphone app, which plays an important role in the Gardens’ first-ever interactive lantern procession – one of the key highlights of this year’s Mid-Autumn celebrations.
First came the candle, then the light bulb. Now, the newest method to light up Mid-Autumn lanterns could just be the ubiquitous smartphone. That’s what Gardens by the Bay will be encouraging visitors to do at its first interactive lantern procession, which will be happening during the official launch of Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay on 4 September.
At a demonstration held at the Supertree Grove yesterday, Gardens by the Bay staff showcased how the interactive lantern will work. Lecturers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design designed and conceptualised this modern lantern, which is powered by a smartphone app, just for the Mid-Autumn celebrations at the Gardens.
Visitors simply download the “Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay” app, and fit a specially-designed lantern casing over their smartphone. As they walk by the giant lantern sets on display around the Gardens, Bluetooth beacons installed at each giant lantern set will trigger the app to emit light in an array of colours. The colours will change with each lantern set, creating a shared magical experience for all participants.
The app is already available for download on the App Store and Google Play, while the lantern casings will be distributed to the public for free on 4 September. A limited quantity of selfie sticks will also be given out that day so that participants can prop their lanterns up. Visitors can bring their own selfie sticks too, though the interactive lantern will work even without one.
Ms Ong Chui Leng, Director of Programming at Gardens by the Bay said, “We are always looking to create unique experiences for our visitors by taking a creative approach in our programmes and displays. This year’s Mid-Autumn celebration at Gardens by the Bay sees a strong fusion of both traditional and modern elements as we wanted to bring an innovative twist to tradition. We are embracing the use of technology to encourage more families and young people to join us and immerse themselves in the festivities.”
Other highlights of Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay
At this year’s Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay, 10 sprawling lantern sets around the Gardens portray well-loved Asian stories of the moon. One of the biggest lantern sets is “The Ten Suns”, which tells the tale of the archer Hou Yi, the husband of Moon Goddess Chang Er, and measures 27 metres across.
At the Colonnade of Lights near the Supertree Grove, visitors can view 4,000 lanterns painted by the community including local and international students and senior citizens.
Visitors can also look forward to nightly cultural performances in collaboration with the National Arts Council, storytelling, craft booths and a Food Street serving up delectable treats.
Please refer to the annex for the programme of Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay.
Singapore Garden Festival expects to hit 400,000 visitorship after the weekend closes
As Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) draws close to its final day on 31 July, organisers have shared that they expect to achieve a visitorship of around 400,000 people, far surpassing the figures for 2014. About 300,000 people had visited SGF in 2014, when it was first relocated to Gardens by the Bay. Results of the People’s Choice Award and Gardeners’ Choice Award, which were the most popular displays voted by visitors, were also made known today to enable the public to view these favourite exhibits and other stunning displays before the Festival closes at 10pm on Sunday, 31 July.
Mr Kenneth Er, Chief Executive Officer, National Parks Board (NParks) said, “This is a special year for the Festival – not only because it is our show of the decade, the sixth edition in 10 years – but because of the extensive collaboration and efforts by local and international designers, community gardeners, hobbyists as well as staff from NParks and Gardens by the Bay who have come together to create 79 displays, featuring some 400,000 plants. Feedback from internationally-acclaimed garden and floral designers affirmed that this year’s Festival is the best they have experienced and commented in particular about the high international standards of the show. The strong visitor turnout is also testament that we have presented a truly magical tropical floral wonderland experience to the visitors. Much of what we have achieved today, is only possible because of the contributions from Dr Kiat W. Tan, then CEO of NParks in 2006, who spearheaded the inaugural Festival.”
Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, “From when the Singapore Garden Festival was launched in 2006, the intent has always been to host it at Gardens by the Bay when the Gardens is ready. This year, we are proud to play host for the second time to a bigger and better Singapore Garden Festival. Even more heartening for us is the overwhelming response from Singaporeans from all walks of life – it is gratifying to contribute a one-of-a-kind venue where visitors could experience stunning floral and landscape designs showcased in a tropical garden setting, as well as in the unique environment of the Flower Dome. I particularly commend the CEO of NParks, Kenneth Er, for spearheading this seminal flower festival of the tropics.”
Visitors’ favourite displays
“The Treasure Box” by designer Inch Lim (Malaysia) won the People’s Choice Award, which recognises visitors’ favourite displays created by professional designers across various competitions at Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2016. This show garden – which also won judges’ endorsement by clinching Best of Show and Horticulture Excellence in the Landscape Gardens category – envelopes visitors in greenery and water. The walls and floor are covered with mainly rice plants, that symbolise treasure as many people rely on them for life and sustenance.
Winner of the Gardeners’ Choice Award, “Fairies Wheel” by community gardeners in the North East CDC, follows the transformation of an abandoned village into a magical fairyland. It outdid four other displays in the friendly Gardeners’ Cup competition for the Gardeners’ Choice Award.
Feedback on competitive highlights of the Festival
Competitive highlights at the largest edition of SGF include 15 Fantasy and Landscape Show Gardens, 14 Floral Windows to the World, six table-top displays under the Celebrations! Floral Table Series, and five Balcony Gardens. These were developed by a total of 47 professional and amateur designers, including 30 international competitors.
Inch Lim (Malaysia) (林映宗) said, “Displays at SGF have become increasingly elaborate through the years, and the quality of competitive garden and floral showcases at this year’s Festival is certainly the highest in its history. This is an indication of the show’s progress, and it certainly compares very well with international counterparts.”
Judges of various competitive categories also lauded the show for high-quality displays. Mr Pascal Garbe (France), who was the head judge for the Fantasy Show Gardens commented that, “SGF is amongst the topmost prestigious shows in the world,” while Mr Jack Blandy (United States of America), one of the judges for the Landscape Show Gardens, cited that, “(this) is a Festival of international standards, putting Singapore’s horticulture on a world stage. Besides impressive competitive displays, community outreach efforts to encourage a love for greening among local residents should be applauded.”
For local implementing partners, working with international designers provided greater exposure. Jerverss Choo (朱俊伟), Project Director, Mao Sheng Quanji Construction said, “Since we first participated in SGF in 2010, the Festival has provided many learning opportunities, thus we roped in younger team members to be part of the process this year. Besides learning the finer details of landscape design, their interest in this field has certainly grown, especially with encouragement in the form of awards won.” Mao Sheng Quanji Construction was the implementing partner for Inch Lim.
Feedback on non-competitive highlights
To complement the works of competitors, SGF 2016 also provided room for local talents to showcase their creativity. Non-competitive displays such as the Orchid Extravaganza, World of Terrariums and other show gardens, were made possible through collaborations amongst staff at NParks and Gardens by the Bay, local designers, community gardeners and students.
Choo Kim Poh (朱金保), a 76-year- old teacher, created six displays for the World of Terrariums together with her husband. She said, “Contributing to World of Terrariums allowed me to spread my love for gardening, and I hope my creations will inspire visitors to start gardening, whether at home or in the office.”
Non-competitive displays were well-received by visitors such as mother-daughter pair, Sue Kim Lee (何金丽) and Sheradine Wong (苏思嘉). They commented, “Our trip to SGF has been very educational as we have been exposed to a wide variety of plants, some of which we never thought could be cultivated in Singapore. We also learnt more about common cooking and baking ingredients, and look forward to trying out new herbs when preparing food at home.”
Visitor and photography enthusiast Sky You also shared, “This is my first time at SGF, and I enjoyed admiring and photographing the many beautiful plants and displays spread across the Festival grounds.”
Another highlight of SGF 2016 is a non-ticketed area that allows more visitors to experience the Festival. Every night since 23 July 2016, “SGF Rocks!” – a host of nightly performances at Bayfront Stage by top local acts such as Gentle Bones, Jack & Rai, Jive Talkin’ and 53A entertained visitors. Additionally, visitors can shop to their hearts’ delight at the Marketplace, with over 100 stalls offering plants, gardening and landscape products for sale. The area also hosts “Dining in the Garden City” – an alfresco dining space with some 30 stalls where visitors can be satiated by local favourites and fusion dishes from various hawkers and international food vendors.
The next SGF will be held at Gardens by the Bay in 2018. Details on Festival dates will be announced when available.
For the People’s Choice Award, one lucky voter will walk away with a two nights’ stay at Pan Pacific Singapore, while for the Gardeners’ Choice Award, a lucky voter will walk away with a Bugatti VITA Juicer.
Singapore Garden Festival 2016 returns as the most extensive edition ever
Premier international garden and flower show, Singapore Garden Festival (SGF), will make its return tomorrow, delighting visitors from 23–31 July 2016 at Gardens by the Bay. Jointly organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) and Gardens by the Bay, the Festival’s sixth edition will be the largest to date at 9.7 hectares – almost double the size of the 5-hectare showground in 2014 – and will showcase a record 79 garden and floral displays.
Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said: “Ten years ago, we started the Singapore Garden Festival with the simple objective of celebrating our passion for greening with Singaporeans and the rest of the world. Today, the Festival is one of the top garden shows that many local and international designers want to be part of. Our community gardeners, volunteers, students and hobbyists also participate in the Festival by developing show gardens and making terrariums. At its heart, the Singapore Garden Festival is truly a show for the people, by the people. It represents the ethos of our City in a Garden – a shining example of how the government, private organisations, professionals and the community have worked together to shape this place we call home.”
Special displays by local talent across the Festival
A testament to the raised calibre of homegrown talent, local designers, community gardeners, hobbyists and NParks staff have transformed the showground by putting together 21 garden and floral displays which will feature more than 60,000 tropical flowering plants and 10,000 flowering annuals. These include unique plants like the Sandpaper Vine (Petra rugosa) and Golden Lotus Banana (Musella lasiocarpa). Visitors can look forward to interesting displays such as the Espalier and Fruit Tree Garden, which features popular tropical fruits such as durians, mangoes and guavas, as well as espaliers – plants specially trained and pruned to create a two-dimensional living sculpture. At the Garden of Senses, some 10,000 plants of varying textures, colours and scents will be showcased to tease the senses of touch, sight, smell and sound.
In line with the Festival’s ‘Wonderland’ theme, visitors can expect whimsical displays like the Secret Garden, featuring 68 orchid species and hybrids in hues of pink and purple, and Tea Time!, showcasing vibrant Camellias and Plantain Lilies. A series of creative gardens have also been designed specially for the iconic SGF mascots – Benny Bee, Gary Grasshopper and Lindy Ladybug. Larger-than-life props have been fabricated to complement the garden displays such as a 3 m-tall ‘beehive’ in Benny’s Sunflower Farm and a 500 kg ‘mushroom cottage’ in Lindy’s Ginger Garden. Visitors can also expect to see two-storey-tall chairs and giant teacups at the Chairs of the Giants display.
Local designers have also created stand-out displays for the Festival. As visitors cross from The Meadow to Bayfront Plaza via The Meadow Bridge, they will be greeted by Rising of the Flowers Saga – a magnificent floating floral composition featuring a variety of Phalaenopsis orchids, as well as plants like Creeping Charlie (Pilea nummulariifolia), Silver Sprinkles (Pilea libanensis) and Dischidia ‘Green’. Created by 2012 Best of Show and Gold (Floral Windows to the World) winner Harijanto Setiawan, this is the first floating floral installation to be showcased at SGF.
Another stunning display is Orchid Extravaganza in the Flower Dome that features over 12,000 orchid plants. Presented as an enchanted forest where mythical creatures known as ‘Orchidians’ call home, the display comprises over 200 orchid species and hybrids including the intriguing monkey-like Dracula and bright, flamboyant blooms of the Cattleya. Working on the display is Alan Tan, who was previously a horticulturist and landscape designer with NParks for 23 years.
Awe-inspiring and fantasy-like gardens at The Meadow
This year sees a total of 47 designers, including 17 local designers, participating in competitive categories at the Festival. Singapore designers such as Ann Teo (Landscape Garden category), John Tan and Raymond Toh (Fantasy Garden category) will be competing with 30 other international designers, including 2014 Best of Show winners Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam from the United Kingdom (Landscape Garden category) and Michael Petrie from the United States (Fantasy Garden category).
Taking centrestage at The Meadow are 15 show gardens by designers from all over the world. Lining the perimeters of the Meadow are nine 80 sqm Landscape Gardens. With an emphasis on horticultural excellence, designers sought out interesting plant material to feature in their outdoor displays. For example, Inch Lim (Malaysia) brought in Blood Flowers commonly found in North America for “The Treasure Box”, while Red Leaf Rice line the perimeters of “Back to Nature”, the display by Leon Kluge (South Africa) and Bayley LuuTomes (New Zealand).
Nearby, housed in a 10m-tall tent, six whimsical Fantasy Gardens combine the creative use of plants, stage lighting and props to draw visitors into a whimsical world. Italian designer Stefano Passerotti’s “Nature’s Resolution” transports visitors back to the past with Chinese instrumentals. Presenting a twist to traditional garden design, Katsuhiko Koga and Kazuhiro Kagae (Japan) bring visitors closer to “fairies” at “Power of the Earth”.
Visitors will also get a chance to view the work of budding young horticulturists at the Landscape Design Challenge. Held on the Festival’s opening day (23 July), the competition will test the creativity and skills of tertiary students as they race to transform an empty space into a garden within four hours.
Nightly Performances, Buzzing MarketPlace, Floral Masterpieces and Live Competitions at Bayfront Plaza
To bring the buzz of the Festival to more visitors, SGF 2016 has expanded beyond the Meadow and Flower Dome into Bayfront Plaza, and will include an expansive non-ticketed area located outside Bayfront MRT. There, visitors will be entertained with nightly performances by local musicians such as Gentle Bones, Second Sunrise, VOX and The Codeword. Visitors can look forward to over 100 stalls offering food, plants, gardening and landscape products for sale. The area will also host ‘Dining in the Garden City’ – an alfresco dining space with a seating capacity of 700 where visitors can enjoy local favourites and fusion dishes from various hawkers and international food vendors.
Bayfront Plaza will also host the Floral Windows to the World competition, which will see 15 floral artists, including three from Singapore, create 14 intricate masterpieces using cutflowers and props. The SGF 2014 Best of Show and Gold winner in this category, Annette von Einem (Denmark), returns to defend her title. Nearby, visitors can draw inspiration from the Celebrations! Floral Table Series, featuring six dinner settings created using fresh flowers, decorative accessories and tableware.
Other popular highlights housed at the Bayfront Plaza include the Learning Garden which showcases various edible plants, a special display by the Singapore Gardening Society, and the Singapore Penjing & Artistic Stone Exhibition and Competition. Visitors can also catch “live” floral art in action at Floral Harmony at Nanyang and the 10th International FDSS Cup Floral Designing Competition.
Enhanced mobility at Gardens by the Bay with new wheelchair-accessible shuttle fleet sponsored by SMRT
(From left to right) Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, and Mr Desmond Kuek, SMRT President and Group Chief Executive Officer, with the beneficiaries from Geylang East Home for the Aged and AWWA Senior Community Home on the new shuttle.
Wheelchair passengers can now enjoy free, seamless rides around the Gardens with a dedicated wheelchair carriage in every vehicle. To cater to the extensiveness of this year’s Singapore Garden Festival, seniors will also enjoy free shuttle rides at the Gardens from 23 to 31 July.
Visitors to Gardens by the Bay can look forward to an enhanced garden experience with eight new large-capacity and wheelchair-friendly passenger shuttles sponsored by multi-modal public transport operator SMRT.
Enhancing accessibility in the Gardens
The new shuttle fleet will strengthen Gardens by the Bay’s shuttle service, which connects visitors arriving at Bayfront MRT Station to the Gardens’ key attractions – the cooled conservatories.
A unique feature of the new vehicle is the wheelchair space at the rear, complete with a foldable access ramp which enables the wheelchair user to board the shuttle without having to first disembark from the wheelchair. This means even motorised wheelchair users are able to enjoy rides on the shuttle with their family and friends. Through the generosity of SMRT, wheelchair users can seamlessly enjoy Gardens by the Bay. Furthermore, in line with keeping the Gardens accessible, the shuttle service will be free for wheelchair passengers.
Compared to the existing 14-seater vehicles currently plying the Gardens’ shuttle route, the new large-capacity, wheelchair-enabled shuttles sponsored by SMRT can seat up to 22 persons and one wheelchair passenger. The soft internal cabin lights also make cruising through the Gardens an enjoyable experience for those visiting the Gardens at night.
Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said: “It has always been our vision to be a garden that everyone can enjoy. Since opening in 2012, we have continued to strengthen our people-mover-system within the Gardens. We are thankful to SMRT for this new gift of mobility that will enable more people to visit the Gardens with ease and enjoy the wonders of nature.”
Mr Desmond Kuek, SMRT President and Group Chief Executive Officer said: “SMRT is delighted to partner with Gardens by the Bay to enhance the commuting experience through more comfortable rides and better connectivity within the Gardens. Enhancing mobility is something that we aspire to achieve beyond our network, and this partnership with Gardens by the Bay allows us to give back to the community that we serve in a meaningful way.”
Joining in the launch this morning were some 30 beneficiaries from Geylang East Home for the Aged and AWWA Senior Community Home, who had the opportunity to enjoy the Gardens on the new vehicles.
Close to half a million visitors a year are expected to benefit from the new large-capacity and wheelchair-friendly shuttle fleet, including the elderly and less mobile.
Gearing up for Singapore Garden Festival
With the new shuttle fleet, Gardens by the Bay will be better equipped for big-scale events such as the upcoming Singapore Garden Festival. This year’s edition – the Festival’s largest to date – will stretch across 9.7 hectares of the Gardens, from Bayfront Plaza to The Meadow to the Flower Dome.
To cater to the bigger festival grounds, Gardens by the Bay will expand its shuttle route and double the number of shuttle stations during the Singapore Garden Festival from 23 to 31 July. While ticket price for the shuttle service remains unchanged at $3 for unlimited rides in a day, seniors will enjoy free shuttle rides during this nine-day period.
For more information, please refer to:
Transporting Visitors to the World's Destinations
With the advent of air travel, the world has become a smaller place. Beyond bringing the world closer to you, Singapore Changi Airport together with Gardens by the Bay, now brings it to life with their latest green gallery installation – Miniature Gardens.
The Miniature Gardens feature lushly detailed scenes from eight countries that travellers can access via Changi Airport’s wide network of city links across the world. Each terrarium tank is landscaped with a mix of over 10 species of mosses, plants and ferns to depict the country’s natural scenery. The tanks are intricately decorated with over 500 miniature props and figurines that tell a unique story about each destination.
Within each miniature city, visitors can find unexpected surprises such as a mythical dragon concealed in Beijing, the mysterious Loch Ness Monster of Scotland, and a romantic wedding scene in Paris.
“Changi Airport connects Singapore to the world and brings the world closer to home. Through the stories uncovered in each miniature city, visitors will rediscover the joy of exploration in an entirely new way and hopefully, inspire them to travel the world,” said Mr Ivan Tan, Senior Vice President for Corporate and Marketing Communications at Changi Airport Group.
Changi Airport has been voted by travellers as the World’s Best Airport for the fourth consecutive year at the 2016 Skytrax World Airport Awards. The airport, which offers amenities such as a butterfly garden, a rooftop swimming pool, a four-storey tall indoor slide, a gaming area and two 24-hour free movie theatres, places great importance on innovation and customer experience. Changi Airport serves more than 100 airlines flying to over 330 cities across 80 countries. More than 55 million passengers pass through Changi last year alone, setting a new record for the airport.
The city-state’s showcase Gardens by the Bay, meanwhile has attracted more than 20 million visitors in its first three years of operation, making it a perfect place to connect with travellers who are open to inspiration for their next holiday getaway.
“Miniature Gardens provides a wonderful opportunity to connect people around the world through the universal language of plants,” said Mr Ng Boon Gee, Director of Gardens Operations at Gardens by the Bay. “It is a perfect complement to the horticultural collection at Gardens by the Bay, and a delightful contrast to our larger-scale displays like the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Supertrees.”
The new Miniature Gardens installation is open free for public viewing and is located along the sheltered walkway leading to the cooled conservatories in Gardens by the Bay, just beside the Ticketing Counter.
Gardens by the Bay’s skyway transforms into a psychedelic dance stage for first-ever retro party
Performers from Starlight Alchemy rehearsing for Retro Fever. This is the first time a dance performance is being staged on the OCBC Skyway at Gardens by the Bay.
In preparation for the first retro-themed party at Gardens by the Bay this Saturday, 25 June, 12 performers from local arts group, Starlight Alchemy, rehearsed for what will be one of the highlights at Retro Fever – an illuminated dance performance featuring luminous costumes, psychedelic LED technologies, and groovy retro tunes. This is the first time a dance performance is being staged on the Gardens’ 22-metre-high OCBC Skyway. To cap the night off, a mesmerising display of pyrotechnics will also be launched from the skyway for the very first time.
Retro Fever is a one-night-only event that will be graced by Minister for National Development, Mr Lawrence Wong, on 25 June at the Supertree Grove in Gardens by the Bay.
Besides the illuminated dance performance by Starlight Alchemy, visitors can also look forward to a special retro edition of the popular Garden Rhapsody light and sound show, and boogie the night away with fun-filled dance workouts like Saturday Night Retro Zumba and Ka-Ra-Robics Mass Dance.
Retro Fever coincides with Lilytopia, Gardens by the Bay’s first retro-themed floral display, which runs till 10 July. Flower Power rules in this colourful display featuring over 50 varieties of lilies alongside pop icons like the hippie van, guitar and classic scooter.
Please refer to the Annex for more details on Retro Fever and Lilytopia.
Rediscover the Origins of the Tulip
Embark on a botanical journey back in time as Gardens by the Bay’s popular tulip festival, Tulipmania, traces the roots of the alluring tulip and rediscovers its origins in Central Asia and the ancient Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey).
Way before the tulip was brought to the Netherlands where it sparked “Tulipomania” during the Dutch Golden Age, the first wild tulips were believed to have grown in the mountainous regions of Central Asia. So captivating was it to the Sultan and people of the 16th-century Ottoman Empire that it became the inspiration for many songs, poetry and paintings.
To pay homage to the origins of the tulip, this year’s Tulipmania display at Gardens by the Bay will feature more than 35,000 tulips laid out in colourful carpets of intricate patterns in the Flower Dome. In all, some 110,000 tulips in 60 varieties will be brought in for the festival. A highlight will be the “Lily Tulip” cultivars brought in for the first time by the Gardens. Its slender form, with long pointed petals, is reminiscent of the old tulip species that once grew in Central Asia and adorned traditional crockery, tiles and fabrics as a decorative motif.
In conjunction with Tulipmania, visitors young and old can enjoy complimentary guided tours to find out more fascinating facts and anecdotes about the tulip display, sign up for a craft workshop to create their own teddy bear with tulip prints, and participate in a host of themed activities organised by Gardens by the Bay and official airline partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Tulipmania runs till 22 May 2016. Local senior citizens can enjoy 50% on admission tickets to the Flower Dome during this period (terms and conditions apply).
“Tulipmania” Floral Display
Date: April 8 to May 22
Time: 9am to 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply. Log on to www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/tulipmania for more information on the floral display, ticketing promotion, and related programmes.
Planting Hope: Beneficiaries of Children’s Cancer Foundation lend a hand in planting tulip bulbs at Gardens by the Bay
Beneficiaries of Children’s Cancer Foundation planting tulip bulbs in the Flower Dome with their families as well as staff and volunteers of Gardens by the Bay.
Tulips are beautiful flowers but for the beneficiaries of Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF), they hold a special meaning of hope and tenacity. A group of beneficiaries aged 7 to 23, together with their families, joined Gardens by the Bay staff and volunteers this afternoon to put the finishing touches to the upcoming “Tulipmania” floral display in the Flower Dome.
As part of the special outing, the children rolled up their sleeves for a tulip-bulb planting session at the Flower Field, before being hosted on a tour of the Gardens.
Said Ms Marziah Haji Omar, Assistant Director (Flower Field Design) at Gardens by the Bay, “This is the fourth year of Tulipmania and it is well-loved by many Singaporeans. While we appreciate the beauty of the blooms, what is even more meaningful is how they are a reminder of the courage and determination of children with cancer. We are glad to enable these children to try their hands at planting tulips, a flower that they hold close to their hearts.”
“Tulips are among the first flowers to blossom after a long winter. As a herald of spring and given its association with new life and growth, the tulip is a symbol of resilience and hope for our young patients in their battle against cancer”, said Ms Neo Lay Tin, Executive Director of CCF.
“Tulipmania” opens on April 8 and runs till May 22. Local senior citizens will enjoy 50% discount on admission tickets during this period (terms and conditions apply).
“Tulipmania” Floral Display
Date: April 8 to May 22
Time: 9am to 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply. Log on to www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/tulipmania for more information on the floral display and ticketing promotion.
Singapore Garden Festival 2016 celebrates 10 years as the largest edition ever
The much-anticipated premier international garden and flower event, Singapore Garden Festival (SGF), will return for its sixth edition from 23 to 31 July 2016, marking 10 years since it started in 2006. Set to be the largest SGF ever, the return of SGF 2016 was today announced by Minister for National Development, Mr Lawrence Wong, who helped to complete the world’s Largest floral chandelier – put together by more than 260 students, community gardeners, corporate volunteers and NParks staff over five days.
The world’s Largest floral chandelier, hanging from a height of 13m, measures about 17m by 10m. It is made from over 60,000 flowers, and will be displayed at Marina Square Atrium until 3 April 2016.
Today, SGF also launched the ‘Adopt-A-Plant’ initiative to encourage a love for gardening amongst Singaporeans and inspire the community to co-create our City in a Garden. Between 1 to 8 April 2016, more than 8,000 plants will be put up for adoption at Marina Square (1 Apr), Raffles Place Park (4 Apr), Orchard Fountain Corner (6 Apr) and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (8 Apr). A variety of plant species will be distributed, including the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii), Painted Net-leaf (Fittonia albivensis ‘Verschaffltii’) and Variegated Peperomia (Peperomia clusiifolia 'Jewelry'). Members of the public can enjoy a 20 per cent discount on tickets when they present the accompanying plant tags at ticket counters during show days at Gardens by the Bay.
SGF 2016 to be doubled in size, with more offerings for visitors
Over the nine days, visitors can look forward to taking in the best of tropical horticulture and floral artistry spread across 9.7 hectares at Gardens by the Bay – almost double the size of the 5-hectare showground in 2014. The Festival has expanded beyond The Meadow and onto Bayfront Plaza, in addition to the Orchid Extravaganza at the Flower Dome. There will also be nightly concerts and over 100 stalls offering food and beverages, plants, gardening and landscape products for sale outside the ticketed area – so that more visitors can experience SGF 2016.
Popular highlights from the previous editions of the Festival will be returning this year, including the Landscape and Fantasy Gardens, Balcony Gardens, Floral Windows to the World and Gardeners’ Cup. Visitors can expect to see 72 masterpieces across competitive and non-competitive categories by international and local designers, community gardeners and floral enthusiasts. This is an increase from SGF 2014, where there were a total of 50 floral displays.
Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development, said, “Hope that this year’s SGF will continue to inspire more people to develop a passion for gardening and all things green. Then we will not only flourish as a City in a Garden, but also a City of Gardeners and Garden Lovers.”
Singapore Garden Festival 2016 celebrates international and local talent
Amongst the 33 international designers participating in the long-standing Landscape Garden, Fantasy Garden and Floral Windows to the World competitions, 24 will make their SGF debut this year. Internationally-acclaimed contestants returning to the biennial event include 2014 Gold and Best of Show winners Michael Petrie (Fantasy Garden), and Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam (Landscape Garden).
Local participants include designers John Tan and Raymond Toh (Fantasy Garden), who clinched the Silver-Gilt award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show 2015, and Ann Teo (Landscape Garden), recipient of the Outstanding Award of Excellence and two Gold Awards at the 2015 Singapore Landscape Architects Award.
For the first time in the event’s history, the Floral Windows to the World competition will identify its local participants via a public competition that will take place this weekend from 2 to 3 April. The top 3 displays will be invited to compete in SGF 2016 alongside international designers. Also taking place on 2 April, 16 public participants – comprising a mix of professionals and amateurs – will showcase their prowess in qualifying rounds for the Table-top Floral Display competition, themed “Wonderland”. The top six participants will go on to the finals at the Festival. The weekend competitions will take place at the Marina Square Atrium.
To further raise the profile of Singapore-based horticulture talents, this year’s Festival will also feature the Balcony Garden competition helmed by locals, Gardeners’ Cup by community gardeners, a Terrarium Exhibition, and a new Landscape Design Challenge – where teams of students will be tasked to transform an empty space into a garden within five hours.
From 15 April 2016, tickets for the floral and garden extravaganza can be purchased from Visitor Service Counters at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Ticketing Counters at Gardens by the Bay, www.singaporegardenfestival.com and www.gardensbythebay.com. Selected credit and membership card holders (eg. PAssion Card, NTUC Plus!, SAFRA Card) will enjoy 10-20 per cent discount off local resident rates for SGF tickets. Tourists can also receive 10-20 per cent discount off standard rates for Gardens by the Bay Conservatory tickets, in conjunction with selected boarding pass and travel promotions.
Cherry blossoms bloom in Singapore
Cherry blossoms in bloom right here in tropical Singapore – this unexpected sight is what visitors will get to see at Gardens by the Bay’s latest floral display, “Blossom Beats”.
About half of these sakura trees have started to bloom in this experimental floral display, and blooming is expected to continue over the next one to two weeks. This is the first time that visitors can see such a myriad of cherry blossoms, as well as other blossoms, in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.
More than 20 varieties of cherry blossoms, or sakura, are showcased in the floral display. Visitors can look forward to seeing cultivars such as the Prunus Fujishidare which has pendulous branches, the Prunus Yedoensis Yoshino which stands out with its striking white flowers, and the Prunus Accolade, with its pale pink blooms.
In addition to cherry blossoms, peach blossoms are in bloom too. One unusual variety on show is the Prunus Genpei Shidare which has flowers of two different colours – red and white – growing on the same plant.
Styled after a traditional Japanese garden, “Blossom Beats” will also feature quintessential Japanese elements such as a tori gate, Japanese screens and kimono.
“Gardens by the Bay is a horticulture-themed attraction that delights its visitors with flowers not commonly seen in Singapore. With this in mind, we decided to bring in a variety of cherry and peach blossoms,” said Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay.
“Coupled with the Japanese-styled landscape, we hope ‘Blossom Beats’ will give visitors a truly unique and memorable experience,” he added.
Cherry blossoms are ephemeral in nature, with flowers lasting about one to two weeks. This experimental floral display is expected to run till March 27.
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay Closes with Record Attendance of over 1.6 million Visitors
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s largest yuletide fair, drew to a close with resounding success. The month-long festive event, held from 27 November 2015 to 3 January 2016, saw a record turnout of over 1,600,000 visitors – a marked increase from over 900,000 in 2014. The highest-ever daily attendance recorded at Gardens by the Bay was achieved on Christmas Day, when over 110,000 visited the fair. With expanded fair grounds of 35,000 square metres and new attractions, Christmas Wonderland proved to be a hit with a wide range of activities suited for families and people of all ages.
Jointly organised by Blue Sky Events and Gardens by the Bay, Christmas Wonderland was held for the second year at the Gardens. Visitors were treated to a multi-sensory experience with magnificent Luminarie light sculptures from Italy, a traditional Festive Market and a vintage Spiegeltent from the Netherlands which proved to be crowd pleasers once again this year.
The jovial mood was heightened with the hugely popular new attractions, the Ice Palace’s Ice Skating Rink and Snow Playground as well as the traditional carnival rides and game stalls at The Fairground, which appealed to children and the young-at-heart. Over at the Flower Dome, the brand-new Christmas Toyland floral display captivated crowds with its enchanting display of toys amidst yuletide floral favourites.
“We are thrilled that the expanded second edition of Christmas Wonderland was very well received by local and overseas visitors. We are humbled by the strong support from our partners and are grateful for their contributions to the success of this event. Going forward, we will not rest on our laurels as we look into visitors' feedback and work towards delivering an enhanced experience with even more surprises for the next fair,” said Ms Sarah Martin, Director of Blue Sky Events.
Mr Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, “2015 has been an eventful and memorable year for many of us. We are heartened that Singaporeans found Gardens by the Bay a meaningful destination to round off the nation’s Golden Jubilee, and we look forward to bringing more exciting events and experiences to the Gardens in 2016 for everyone to enjoy.”
Ms Ho Lee Yen, Chief Marketing Officer of AIA Singapore, said, "We are very delighted that the partnership with Christmas Wonderland brought many real moments of joy to our customers and the community with more than 1.6 million families and individuals coming together with their loved ones and friends to celebrate this festive season. As we embark 2016, AIA Singapore will continue to deeply engage the community by creating fun-filled platforms to bring everyone together to have fun and allowing them to spend quality time with their loved ones, in addition to encouraging them to lead active and healthier lifestyles.”
Ms Carrie Kwik, Executive Director, Arts, Entertainment & Integrated Resorts, Singapore Tourism Board, said, “Christmas Wonderland has had a successful run as a beautiful and fun-filled event that greatly complemented the year-end festivities. The event was very well received by local residents as well as overseas visitors, who made up 40% of the total visitorship. We look forward to the surprises installed for 2016, and will continue to support the industry in creating more of such iconic experiences for Singaporeans and visitors to enjoy.”
Christmas Wonderland to return in 2016
Organisers announced that Christmas Wonderland will return for its third edition this year end. Details and dates of the 2016 fair will be shared closer to date.
Celebrate SG50 and “A Lovely Christmas” with an evening of Christmas carols and Love songs at Gardens by the Bay
To cap off a year of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, the sixth and final instalment of the National Parks Board (NParks) SG50 Concert Series in the Park, themed “A Lovely Christmas” is co-organised with Gardens by the Bay and will be held at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay on 19 December 2015 at 6pm. Be serenaded by local talents including The Sam Willows, Tosh Zhang, Wang Weiliang, Tay Kewei, MICappella, Sebastian Tan aka Broadway Beng, and other artistes.
Besides Christmas songs, the stellar line-up of artistes will perform both original songs and popular covers by the likes of Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Journey and Hebe from S.H.E. Audiences can look out for Broadway Beng’s medley of Christmas hits with a local twist, specially produced for this concert. With many exciting performances lined up, the evening at Gardens by the Bay promises the creation of new shared memories and experiences.
This is the sixth in a series of six free outdoor concerts organised by the NParks at various parks as part of the SG50 celebrations. The concert will be hosted by a mystery celebrity host. The list of performances for NParks SG50 Concert Series in the Park – Gardens by the Bay can be found in the Annex.
Members of the public can also visit Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay, featuring dazzling Italian Luminarie light sculptures, a European-style Festive Market, and the “Christmas Toyland” floral display in the Flower Dome. Access to Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay is free, while admission charges to the Flower Dome apply.
NParks and Gardens by the Bay will be giving out limited Christmas picnic baskets for the concert through a Facebook contest. Members of the public are welcome to participate in the Facebook contest from now until 14 December 2015 by tagging three friends or family members they wish to bring along to the concert, and share a message on how they would spend Christmas in any of the public parks. Ten winners will be able to redeem the Christmas picnic basket at the concert on 19 December. More details at https://www.facebook.com/nparksbuzz.
For more information on the concert, please SMS <CP702GB> to 77275 to receive updates leading up to the event or visit www.nparks.gov.sg/sg50.
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay Opens with a Dazzling Showcase of Festive Delights
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s largest yuletide fair, held its official opening this evening. Guest-of-Honour Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), lit up the Spalliera – the tallest light sculpture at 20 metres high – and kick started the festivities including a special ‘Blizzard Time’ treat for the guests.
Jointly organised by Blue Sky Events and Gardens by the Bay, Christmas Wonderland returns to Singapore for its second year with expanded fair grounds - nearly doubled in size at 35,000 square metres - a wider variety of engaging activities for everyone, as well as cool options to celebrate Christmas in the tropics. The fair welcomes local and international visitors from today till 3 January 2016.
Visitors can embark on an experiential journey through four main areas – the resplendent display 56 Luminarie light sculptures from Italy which begin at the Golden Garden and extend throughout the festival site; the European-style Festive Market and Spiegeltent offering an array of exquisite festive food and gift options at the Supertree Grove; The Fairground filled with traditional carnival games and rides near The Meadow; and the brand new Christmas Toyland floral display in the Flower Dome.
Kids will delight in special ‘Blizzard Time’ and ‘Fun With Bubbles’ sessions, as well as the new Ice Palace which hosts a Snow Playground and an Ice Skating Rink.
Visitors can also look forward to regular choral sessions at the stunning Cassa Armonica, theatrical performances and parades.
Please refer to the factsheet and annexes for more details of the various attractions.
Access to Christmas Wonderland is free, while admission charges for the Flower Dome apply. For more information on the festival and the full entertainment lineup, visit www.christmaswonderland.sg.
Gardens by the Bay welcomes its 20-millionth visitor
|Gardens by the Bay Deputy CEO Ms Peggy Chong, Gardens by the Bay Chairman Mrs Theresa Foo, Minister for National Development Mr Lawrence Wong, 20-millionth visitor Miss Gowri d/o Subramanian and fiancé Mr Ramkumar Naidu s/o Thanabal Naidu, Gardens by the Bay CEO Dr Kiat W. Tan, and Gardens by the Bay COO Mr Felix Loh launch the “Christmas Toyland” floral display in the Flower Dome.|
For Miss Gowri d/o Subramanian, a visit to Gardens by the Bay for her pre-wedding photo shoot turned out to be so much more. The 25-year-old became the 20-millionth visitor of the Gardens since it opened three years ago.
In celebration of this milestone, Miss Gowri was invited back to Gardens by the Bay today to launch the new “Christmas Toyland” floral display in the Flower Dome with Guest of Honour, Minister for National Development Mr Lawrence Wong.
Together, they dropped two balls into a labyrinth, which triggered the light-up of an 11-metre-tall Christmas Pyramid in the centre of the floral display. As “Christmas Toyland” came to life, two ballerinas started to dance at the base of the pyramid, symbolising the performances that will be held for the very first time in the flower field this festive season.
Miss Gowri said, “It’s actually my first visit to Gardens by the Bay, so it was a lovely surprise that I turned out to be the 20-millionth visitor. It’s definitely unexpected, but it made my pre-wedding photo shoot an even more memorable experience.”
“Christmas Toyland” is the latest of the ever-changing floral displays in the Flower Dome – one aspect of the Gardens that is perennially popular with visitors. Coupled with a slew of creative programming happening throughout the year, Gardens by the Bay breaks the mould of traditional gardens by positioning itself as a horticultural-themed attraction.
Growing Visitorship of Gardens by the Bay
With 6.4 million visitors in 2014 – and a projected 8 million this year – Gardens by the Bay’s visitorship has surpassed that of renowned traditional gardens.
Its visitor numbers now puts it in the league of international themed attractions such as Hong Kong Disneyland (7.5 million visitors), Everland in South Korea (7.38 million visitors), Universal Studios Hollywood (6.82 million visitors), Europa Park in Germany (5.0 million visitors), and Sea World in Florida (4.68 million visitors). [Source: “Top 25 Amusement/Theme Parks Worldwide” list in the 2014 Theme and Museum Index Global Attractions and Attendance Report]
To top it off, a number of recent international awards have also planted the Gardens firmly on the world map as an iconic destination. These awards include:
Gardens by the Bay’s CEO Dr Tan said, “Welcoming 20 million visitors in a relatively short span of time is something that we are proud of, and a validation of the work we have put in to make Gardens by the Bay a ‘People’s Garden’. The Gardens is not just for nature lovers, but a place for one and all.”
Please refer to the Appendix for more details on the “Christmas Toyland” floral display and a schedule of performances taking place in the Flower Dome as part of the “Christmas Wonderland@Gardens by the Bay” year-end festivities.
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay Returns Bigger, Brighter, Cooler
Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland, returns to Gardens by the Bay from 28 November 2015 to 3 January 2016. The fair will showcase more Italian Luminarie light sculptures, an expanded event ground, a European-style Festive Market, traditional rides and games, and a comprehensive repertoire of new attractions and entertainment for visitors of all ages.
Riding high on a successful inaugural year in 2014, this year’s Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay will be nearly doubled in size at 35,000 square metres. Visitors can embark on an experiential journey through four main areas – the spellbinding Luminaries which begin at the Golden Garden and extend throughout the festival site; the Festive Market at the Supertree Grove; The Fairground near The Meadow; and the Christmas Toyland floral display in the Flower Dome.
Jointly organised by Blue Sky Events and Gardens by the Bay, Christmas Wonderland announced new partners this year – AIA Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board.
Ms Sarah Martin, Director of Blue Sky Events, said, “We introduced Christmas Wonderland in 2014 to create a new tradition to celebrate the festive season with a spectacular sensory experience right here in Singapore. The response blew our expectations away with over 900,000 visitors attending the inaugural event. This year, we have brought back crowd favourites and introduced a lot more activities for visitors to indulge, play and be merry in.”
Ms Peggy Chong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Following the success of last year’s festival, the Gardens will transform once again into a Christmas Wonderland this holidays. Adding to that, it will play host to the capstone of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, The Future of Us exhibition. With a suite of events and programmes for everyone, we hope Gardens by the Bay will become the place to be this festive season.”
Ms Ho Lee Yen, Chief Marketing Officer of AIA Singapore, said, "AIA Singapore is delighted to create real moments of joy for our customers this festive season. More than 1 in 2 Singaporeans said their work demands ate into their family time more than they liked. The partnership with Christmas Wonderland is a continuation of our efforts to encourage families in Singapore to lead active and healthier lifestyles, and spend quality time with their loved ones. Fair highlights, such as the AIA TrickArt, will offer families more reasons to have fun together this festive period and kick-start 2016 on a positive note.”
Commenting on the fair, Ms Carrie Kwik, Executive Director, Arts, Entertainment and Integrated Resorts of Singapore Tourism Board said, “I am delighted to see the return of Christmas Wonderland to complement our celebrations at year-end, traditionally a popular period for many of our visitors. With a successful run last year at the iconic Gardens by the Bay, this event had won the hearts of both locals and visitors alike, and I am sure it will continue to spread its festive magic for our Jubilee year.”
Kaleidoscopic Festive Treats
Lending a festive air to the Gardens, visitors will be greeted by a resplendent display of Luminarie light sculptures, a returning crowd favourite, from the moment they step into the grounds. Handmade by Italian craftsmen using white-wood from the south of Italy, these picturesque masterpieces feature an all-new architectural design reminiscent of the medieval period. 56 enchanting sculptures – the tallest towering over 20 metres – will nestle amidst the greenery within the Supertree Grove, Dragonfly Bridge and Flower Dome.
Visitors can also soak in the enchanting atmosphere and enjoy performances that will be held regularly. These include choral sessions at the stunning Cassa Armonica gazebo, theatrical performances and parades.
A brand-new Christmas Toyland floral display will be showcased at the Flower Dome. This year, toys reign supreme amidst yuletide floral favourites like the poinsettia, Christmas rose, winter heather and holly. The centerpiece of Christmas Toyland – an 11-metre-tall Christmas Pyramid decked with toys – will tower over the enchanting floral display. In addition, this multi-tiered traditional German wooden carousel will transform into a ‘live’ stage, hosting a series of festive performances for the very first time in the Flower Field.
Please refer to Annex 1 for more details of the exciting visual attractions and entertainment line-up.
Believe in the Christmas Magic of Play
Based on feedback, Christmas Wonderland has curated a series of new attractions for visitors.
The Fairground offers a delightful array of traditional carnival rides for the first time in Singapore. They include the Helter Skelter – the tallest slide in Singapore, a vintage style carousel and a trackless train. Apart from rides, visitors can also pit their skills at game stalls such as Extreme Basketball, Can Smash and Roll-a-ball. Prizes include memorabilia from Disney and Warner Bros.
An entirely different experience awaits at the Ice Palace over at the Supertree Grove, which offers a cool and refreshing wintry Christmas in the tropics. Visitors can make snow angels, build their very own Olaf at the Snow Playground or choose to unleash their inner Michelle Kwan and glide on ice at the Ice Skating Rink.
Visitors will also be able to hop onto the Swinging Chairs and enjoy the rush of air on their faces while they take in the panoramic sights of the festival grounds.
Please refer to Annex 2 for charges pertaining to The Fairground, the Ice Palace and the Swinging Chairs carnival ride.
In addition, visitors can experience ‘snow’ in Singapore during Blizzard Time at the Spalliera, the largest Luminarie light sculpture, or have Fun With Bubbles at The Fairground.
Feast, Shop and Have a Merry Christmas
Complete the festive experience with a feast for the senses and partake in a spot of Christmas shopping along the way too. The fair will see the charming European-style Festive Market make its comeback at the Supertree Grove with more to indulge in. Featuring traditional wooden huts specially brought in from the United Kingdom, visitors can enjoy a greater selection of international cuisine and wines from renowned food and beverage operators such as Brewerkz, Sebastian, Café Iguana, Shabestan, The Diner by the Travelling C.O.W. and Paul’s. Apart from festive nibbles, the market will also offer a wide variety of Christmas gifts, including new craft items. More details of the participating vendors will be available in the coming weeks.
Blending festive cheer with carnival tradition, the ornate Spiegeltent, a spectacular rare fairground attraction, returns with a one-of-a-kind dining experience where visitors can indulge in a specially curated festive menu as well as a weekend brunch experience by Singapore’s most well-established bar and dining chain Harry’s. Dishes on the menu include Harry’s Merry Wings, Cajun Spice-rubbed Turkey, Smoked Duck Breast with Marmalade Glaze, Rudolph’s Gingerbread and Raspberry Sundae. The century-old travelling ‘mirror tent’ from the Netherlands is made up of 1,000 pieces of brocade draperies, stained glass, wood and intricate artwork.
Please refer to Annex 3 for more details of the Festive Market and the Spiegeltent.
Access to the Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay is free for the public, while admission charges for the Flower Dome apply.
First fully-operational self-driving vehicle in Asia set to ply Gardens by the Bay in mid-2016
|Public can try out the Auto Rider during a two-week trial this December
As early as this December, visitors to Gardens by the Bay can look forward to hopping on board the first fully-operational self-driving vehicle in Asia during a two-week trial that is open to members of the public.
The product of collaboration between Gardens by the Bay and ST Engineering, the Auto Rider is scheduled for public trial in December 2015 and targeted for full-scale deployment in mid-2016. The project is co-funded by the Ministry of National Development and National Research Foundation, with technical advice from A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R).
Each vehicle has a capacity of 10 people, comprising seats for six passengers and standing room for four passengers or one wheelchair. As the Auto Rider is fully enclosed and air-conditioned, passengers will be able to get around the Gardens in comfort and convenience, come rain or shine. It will strengthen connectivity within the Gardens and enhance mobility for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
During the public trial in December 2015, two Auto Riders will ply a 1.5km-long loop in the Gardens. The vehicles will operate for two hours a day from 4pm to 6pm, with eight 15-minute slots available for visitors to register, free-of-charge, on a first-come-first-served basis. For the duration of the trial, there will be a trained staff stationed in each vehicle to guide passengers as well as gather insights on commuter behavior, passenger feedback, and the performance of the vehicle.
Following the public trial, the vehicles will undergo further tests and refinement, before being deployed in the Gardens. The eventual route and specific mode of operation will be finalised based on the assessment of results from the public trial and vehicle tests.
Permanent Secretary for Transport Mr Pang Kin Keong, who is Chairman of the Committee for Autonomous Road Transport in Singapore (CARTS), said, “We are excited to witness the very progressive step Gardens by the Bay is taking to enhance its visitor experience and improve productivity. We look forward to more organisations following in its footsteps to tap self-driving technology to transform their operations.”
CEO of Gardens by the Bay Dr Kiat W. Tan said, “Having the Gardens accessible to all is critical in making Gardens by the Bay a place where people from all walks of life can come to enjoy. The Auto Rider will strengthen our people-mover system by enhancing connectivity within the Gardens and providing visitors with an alternative mode of getting around. As the first of its kind in the region, it demonstrates the potential of mobility concepts enabled by self-driving technology, and represents a leap forward for Gardens by the Bay which strives to be at the forefront of sustainability with innovative technologies and practices.”
Christmas Wonderland returns to Gardens by the Bay
|(Photo: Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay 2014)
Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland, returns to Gardens by the Bay with more dazzling Italian Luminarie light sculptures, a European-style Festive Market, and a brand-new Christmas Toyland floral display in the Flower Dome.
Christmas in a whole new light
28 November 2015 to 3 January 2016
Lending a festive air to the Gardens, the picturesque Luminarie light sculptures, handmade using white-wood from the south of Italy, will nestle amidst the greenery within the Golden Garden, Supertree Grove, Dragonfly Bridge and Flower Dome.
In the heart of the Supertree Grove, a majestic 24-metre-wide Spalliera will frame the Cassa Armonica gazebo, providing a stunning and enchanting backdrop. The hugely popular Blizzard Time will also return this year to dazzle the young and old, as they revel in the joy of experiencing ‘snow’ in Singapore.
European-style Festive Market
28 November to 27 December 2015
The charming European-style Festive Market, similar to those in Cologne, London and Paris, returns to the Supertree Grove. Featuring wooden huts and specially-built restaurant units, visitors will be able to shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts and enjoy the wide range of international cuisine and wines from renowned food and beverage operators.
An ornate Spiegeltent, a century-old travelling ‘mirror tent’ from the Netherlands, will continue to set stage in the Gardens. Made of 1,000 pieces of wood, canvas, exquisitely decorated mirrors and stained glass, the enchanting tent promises a visual treat for visitors.
Christmas Toyland floral display
21 November 2015 to 5 January 2016, 9am to 9pm daily, conservatory charges apply
A brand-new Christmas Toyland floral display blooms in the coolness of the Flower Dome. This year, toys reign supreme amidst yuletide floral favourites like the poinsettia, Christmas rose, winter heather and holly.
Towering over the enchanting floral display is the centerpiece of Christmas Toyland – an 11-metre-tall Christmas Pyramid decked with toys. This multi-tiered traditional German wooden carousel will transform into a ‘live’ stage, hosting a series of festive performances for the very first time in the Flower Field.
Access to the Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay is complimentary to the public, while admission charges into the Flower Dome apply.
More than 10,000 chrysanthemums usher in Mid-Autumn Festival
|The flower field in the Flower Dome is transformed into a rich tapestry of red, gold and pink, in time for the Mid-Autumn celebrations at Gardens by the Bay|
Enter the moon gate, and feel yourself transported to a crisp Mid-Autumn day in a traditional Chinese garden, where more than 10,000 Chrysanthemums in a myriad of colours are in full bloom.
Chrysanthemums, a symbolic feature in traditional Chinese art to depict the autumn season, is the theme of Gardens by the Bay’s latest floral display, “Celebration of Chrysanthemums” (满园菊花香). It will run from September 24 to November 10 at the Flower Dome.
There will be more than 40 varieties of Chrysanthemums on display, including unique Spider Chrysanthemums that have been specially brought in to Singapore for the first time. As visitors stroll through the garden, they can take in the sight of graceful bonsai trees that are more than 100 years old, and maple trees with leaves in the rich colours of fall.
With the Mid-Autumn Festival Children’s Promotion, kids aged 12 years old and below who show up with a lantern at the ticketing counter from September 25 to October 4, between 5pm and 9pm, can redeem a free ticket to enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest on the same day.
Under the SG50 Seniors Special, local senior citizens aged 60 and above can enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest for free, while accompanying caregivers enjoy 50 per cent off tickets. The SG50 Seniors Special is on until December 31.
“Celebration of Chrysanthemums” is part of “Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay 2015” (滨海花园庆中秋), which runs from September 25 to October 4. Visitors will get to enjoy lanterns in the theme of flora and fauna, nightly cultural performances and a Food Street.
This year’s Mid-Autumn celebrations are organised by Gardens by the Bay in partnership with the Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, National Arts Council and People’s Association.
Having a ‘goat’ time painting lanterns
|(Clockwise from left) Chia Shernin, 8, Nathaniel Chan, 10, Chia Kishen, 10, Natalie Chan, 8, Hannah Tan, 4, and Sarah Tan, 7, paint their goat-shaped lantern during the Lantern Painting Competition at Gardens by the Bay.|
Bringing out the best in their goats was what more than 200 participants did this weekend when they took part in the Lantern Painting Competition (花灯彩绘比赛) at Gardens by the Bay.
The competition, which saw 50 teams comprising local residents of different ages and races decorate goat-shaped lanterns, is part of Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay 2015 (滨海花园庆中秋). The Festival runs from September 25 to October 4 and is free for the public.
The 50 goat-shaped lanterns are in commemoration of Singapore’s 50th year of independence, and symbolic of the goat being this year’s Chinese zodiac sign. The Lantern Painting Competition is organised in partnership with the People’s Association and sponsored by Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.
The lanterns will be displayed at the Supertree Grove during Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay 2015. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Mr Chan Chun Sing will give out prizes to the best-decorated lanterns at a ceremony at the Gardens on September 27.
This year’s Mid-Autumn celebrations are organised by Gardens by the Bay in partnership with the Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, National Arts Council and People’s Association.
Experience the ‘light’ side of nature at Gardens by the Bay
Visitors to Gardens by the Bay will get to see nature in a different light this Mid-Autumn, as 300 lanterns shaped like various animals and plants decorate the Gardens. As part of “Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay 2015” (滨海花园庆中秋), these handmade lanterns by master craftsmen from the Zigong province in Sichuan, China, will be on display around the Gardens from September 25 to October 4.
In the Flower Dome, specially selected cultivars of chrysanthemums will bloom in a myriad of colours in the “Celebration of Chrysanthemums” floral display, which will take place from September 24 to November 10.
This year’s Mid-Autumn celebrations are organised by Gardens by the Bay in partnership with the Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, National Arts Council and People’s Association.
Guest of Honour, Minister for National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan, will launch the event on September 25.
Here are the highlights of the Mid-Autumn festivities at Gardens by the Bay.
MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL @ GARDENS BY THE BAY 2015
Date: 25 September to 4 October
Time: 7pm to 11pm
Details: Free for the public
Spectacular Lantern Sets
Seventeen different lantern sets, comprising 300 lanterns in total, will be on display at various locations. These lanterns include:
“Celebrating 50 Mid-Autumns” (秋艺满园： 共度50秋) is the theme of this year’s cultural performances, which are organised in partnership with the National Arts Council.
Visitors can look forward to free nightly shows at the Supertree Grove put up by local music and cultural arts groups such as the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre, Nam Hwa Opera and Dicapella Dizi Ensemble. Malay dance group Azpirasi and Indian classical dance group Apsaras Arts will add a multicultural element to the performances.
In commemoration of Singapore’s 50th year, a competition organised in partnership with the People’s Association and sponsored by Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple will see participants decorate 50 goat-shaped lanterns. The goat is this year’s Chinese zodiac sign. These participants will be at Gardens by the Bay on September 19 and 20 to decorate their lanterns on site. Their works will be displayed at the Supertree Grove during the festival.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of food choices from more than 30 stalls at the Supertree Grove, offering everything from local mainstays like kueh tutu,muah chee and vadai, to new favourites like fried Oreos and kebabs.
“CELEBRATION OF CHRYSANTHEMUMS” FLORAL DISPLAY
Date: 24 September to 10 November
Time: 9am to 9pm
Details: Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply
Chrysanthemum blooms take centre stage in the Flower Dome, as Gardens by the Bay takes visitors on a journey to the Far East. Long admired for its beauty, the Chrysanthemum is a symbolic feature in traditional Chinese art to depict the autumn season. Marvel at unusual varieties such as Spider Chrysanthemums and Disbud Chrysanthemums first cultivated in ancient China and Japan.
As visitors stroll through the scenic landscape dotted with Chinese lanterns and a teahouse, they can appreciate the special displays of Chrysanthemum that have been meticulously trained to produce multiple large blooms on a single plant.
Gardens by the Bay and Audemars Piguet unveil Singapore’s largest and only Floral Clock in celebration of Singapore’s 50th year of independence
|From left: Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, Mr Oliviero Bottinelli, Member of the Board of Directors, Audemars Piguet Holding SA, Guest-of-Honour and Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, and Mr Thomas Kupfer, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation.|
As the nation gears up to celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee this weekend, Gardens by the Bay and Audemars Piguet have come together to commemorate the occasion with the unveiling of Singapore’s only sizable public floral clock.
Blending timekeeping precision with botanical artistry, the Floral Clock was unveiled by Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, together with Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, and Mr Oliviero Bottinelli, Member of the Board of Directors, Audemars Piguet Holding SA.
Displayed prominently in the Gardens, at the intersection between the cooled conservatoires and the Supertree Grove, the seven-metre-wide Floral Clock draws inspiration from the signature characteristics of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak collection and fuses traditional and contemporary landscaping elements in its design. Featuring tropical plants with coloured foliage and flowers, its plant palette will be refreshed regularly for the public to enjoy. (Please refer to the Appendix for more details of the Floral Clock.)
“We thank Audemars Piguet for this wonderful addition to Gardens by the Bay on the occasion of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee,” said Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay. “For those of us who were fortunate enough to have experienced the floral clocks of the past in Singapore, this floral timepiece will be all the more special. We can now relive and create new memories here at the Gardens as we celebrate with the nation.”
Mr Oliviero Bottinelli, Member of the Board of Directors, Audemars Piguet Holding SA, said “We have been searching for purposeful means of dedicating a unique part of Audemars Piguet back to the nation on this joyous occasion. With the Audemars Piguet Foundation’s commitment to worldwide forest conservation and environmental protection, the Floral Clock was a natural gift to Singapore on its 50th year of independence that we are thrilled to unveil along with Gardens by the Bay.”
Singapore legends come to life at Gardens by the Bay
|Character inspired by "Merlion redesigned" - created by Lynette Wu, Game Artist,
School of Interactive & Digital Media, Nanyang Polytechnic
The mythical Merlion, the explorer prince Sang Nila Utama, Badang the strong man and the filial princess Radin Mas – see how these colourful characters of local legends are brought to life with the help of more than 8,000 orchids and plants in the floral display, “From Tales to Legends: Discover Singapore Stories”.
“Singapore Stories” is just one highlight of the SG50 celebrations at the Gardens. For the first time, the iconic Supertrees will be transformed by stunning laser imagery in a special edition of the nightly “Garden Rhapsody” show. Topping off the festivities is ticketing promotions for both Singaporeans and overseas visitors.
Here is the line-up of the SG50 activities at Gardens by the Bay:
“Singapore Stories” Floral Display
Be wowed by a floral interpretation of 10 local legends – Tanjong Pagar, Redhill, Sisters’ Island, Bukit Timah, Pulau Ubin, Kusu Island, Sang Nila Utama, Radin Mas, the Merlion, and the Singapore Stone – designed by award-winning Singaporean landscape architect Damian Tang.
Taking place in the Flower Dome, the beauty of more than 8,000 orchids and plants in a plethora of colours is juxtaposed against intricately-carved wooden sculptures and structures, such as the tornado the Merlion battles against that is made up of banyan tree roots stacked up to 10 metres.
As they view the floral display, visitors can also take a walk down memory lane with scenes from the past that pay tribute to the unsung heroes who helped build Singapore.
Date: 31 July – 13 September 2015
“Garden Rhapsody” – SG50 edition
For the first time, laser imagery will be used on the Supertrees in the SG50 edition of the nightly “Garden Rhapsody”. The Supertrees will light up with accompanying music composed and arranged by Bang Wenfu, and vocals by Singapore’s most prominent and popular musicians Robert Fernando, Rani Singam, Benjamin Kheng of The Sam Willows, iNCH, Nathan Hartono, and Singapore’s future generation of musicians, Lou Peixin, Miin Tong, and Glory Ngim.
Held at the Supertree Grove, the SG50 edition of the Garden Rhapsody is free for all to enjoy.
Date: 6 August – 10 August 2015 (with laser imagery)
Visitors to Gardens by the Bay can enjoy the following ticketing promotions:
Gardens by the Bay is also an excellent vantage point to catch the spectacular fireworks and aerial displays performed by the Republic of Singapore Air Force on 9 August during the National Day Parade.
Other celebratory programmes to look out for include the “Mass Dance for SG50” set to well-loved Singapore tunes on 8 August, and a jazz concert held in collaboration with the Royal Thai Embassy to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Thailand-Singapore Diplomatic Relations. The “Sabai by the Bay” concert will feature the famous Thai saxophonist, Koh Mr Saxman, and his band The Sound of Siam.
Members of the public can log on to www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/singaporestories to find out more.
More to benefit from Gardens by the Bay’s Gift of Gardens
|MINDS beneficiaries touring the Flower Dome with Minister for National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan (centre). Also in the photo are CEO of Gardens by the Bay Dr Kiat W. Tan (extreme left) and CEO of MINDS Mr Keh Eng Song (extreme right).|
As Gardens by the Bay celebrates its third anniversary today, it moves yet closer to its vision of being a People’s Garden with the expansion of its Gift of Gardens initiative.
Gift of Gardens started in December 2012 as a community partnership and outreach initiative, where Gardens by the Bay works with individual and corporate donors to fund visits by charities. Since its launch, the initiative has enabled more than 3,600 beneficiaries to enjoy the Gardens on complimentary group visits.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, Gardens by the Bay has taken a further step to provide complimentary admission to its award-winning cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. The Gardens has worked with the Ministry of Social and Family Development, National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and Ministry of Health to reach out to all voluntary welfare organisations providing direct social services to beneficiaries, as well as to holders of the ComCare Long Term Assistance Scheme (also known as Public Assistance Scheme) card and Developmental Disability Registry card. In addition, minders and caregivers who accompany the beneficiaries will enjoy a 50 per cent discount on admission tickets.
Gardens by the Bay will continue to solicit sponsorship, which can be used to fund other aspects of organising group visits, such as manpower and logistics, if needed.
Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Our hope is that Gardens by the Bay will become a place that everyone has the opportunity to visit – a People’s Garden accessible to all. Last year, we had 6.3 million visitors, with half of this number being local residents. The Gift of Gardens is an example of how the Gardens is constantly reaching out to Singaporeans from all walks of life.”
Today, a group of 20 beneficiaries from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) Employment Development Centre in Woodlands were the first to enjoy the expanded Gift of Gardens initiative. These beneficiaries were taken on a special tour of the Flower Dome with Minister for National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan.
Mr Keh Eng Song, Chief Executive Officer of MINDS, said, “We welcome this timely gift to persons with special needs, as we celebrate SG50 this year, and as we work towards forging an inclusive society. Gardens by the Bay is an ideal destination for our beneficiaries to enjoy nature and flora from countries around the world, which they may not have the opportunity to visit otherwise.”
Mr Sim Gim Guan, CEO of NCSS, said, “The expanded Gift of Gardens programme opens up opportunities for more beneficiaries – children, youth, seniors and persons with disabilities – and their caregivers to enjoy an award-winning destination. This is also helpful for our member voluntary welfare organisations that run programmes, social outings and activities promoting healthy and meaningful interactions for their beneficiaries. We are taking a step forward to grow as a more inclusive society.”
Gardens by the Bay marks first tree adoption
|From left to right: Ms Peggy Chong (Deputy CEO of Gardens by the Bay), Mrs Clele White (Second Secretary of the Australian High Commission), Mrs Finette Psarianos (mother of Andrew Psarianos) and Mr Andrew Psarianos.|
Gardens by the Bay marked its first tree adoption today, when Mr. Andrew Psarianos, an Australian expatriate who has called Singapore home since 2011, dedicated a specimen of the Brachychiton Acerifolius, commonly known as the Illawarra Flame Tree, to the memory of his late father.
The 12-year-old tree, an Australian native, is planted in the World of Plants section at Gardens by the Bay, among younger specimens of the same species. The Illawarra Flame Tree is the most commonly cultivated species of Brachychiton due to its spectacular scarlet flowers. Other species in the genus have attractive flowers, but their colours are more muted compared to the scarlet flowers of the Illawarra Flame Tree.
“The Illawarra Flame Tree is dear to my heart because I grew up with one in my garden, and, every time I see one, it reminds me of the many happy childhood memories I shared with my late father,” said Psarianos, whose donation will support the maintenance of the tree and the operations of the Gardens. He added, “I am deeply honoured to literally and symbolically set down roots in Singapore and be able to contribute in some way to this place which I have come to love and call home.”
At a ceremony formalising the adoption this morning, Mr. Psarianos was joined by his 78-year-old mother who, for the first time in 62 years, travelled out of Australia to share in this special occasion.
Ms. Peggy Chong, Deputy CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “We were delighted when Andrew approached us with the idea of adopting a tree as a symbolic gesture to solidify his bond with Singapore. Tributes like these are especially heartening because they reflect a growing affinity between residents and the Gardens, and express a desire to co-create a true People’s Garden that all can enjoy.”
Centenarian olive tree bears fruits for first time at Gardens by the Bay
Producing olives in a tropical country like Singapore may be an almost impossible task, but thanks to technology and the dedication of staff at Gardens by the Bay, the seemingly impossible has come to fruition!
Olive trees are grown in many parts of the Mediterranean. Like most plants, certain growing conditions must be met before they can thrive. While olive trees grow best in places with warm summers, they also need a certain degree of cold for proper flower development.
Last December, the team at Gardens by the Bay lowered the temperature in the Flower Dome to simulate cooler winter conditions. The experiment triggered flowering in “spring” this year, with dainty flowers appearing on a centenarian olive tree during Chinese New Year.
As olive flowers are wind-pollinated, the Gardens staff diligently placed fans underneath the tree every morning to give nature a helping hand. Their efforts were rewarded when the olive tree started bearing fruits!
A symbol of peace, abundance and glory, olive trees are known to be resilient and long-lived. A few of such reside in the Flower Dome, including a thousand-year-old one.
Head down to Gardens by the Bay to witness the wonders of nature!
Tulipmania returns for third year with largest variety of tulips at Gardens by the Bay
|More than 40 varieties to be featured over the next few weeks amidst a fairy tale setting|
Singapore’s annual tulip festival, Tulipmania, blooms amidst a colourful setting of fairy tales at Gardens by the Bay. Back for the third time, this year’s edition sees the largest variety of tulips being brought in from the Netherlands for the public in Singapore to enjoy.
Some 75,000 tulips in 43 varieties will be featured in the Flower Dome over the next few weeks of the festival, which runs till 10 May. Visitors young and old can delight in a myriad of blooms including the “Red Riding Hood”, the “Purple Prince” and the “Orange Princess”, against a backdrop of familiar fairy tale scenes such as Cinderella‘s carriage and the gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel. This year, Gardens by the Bay has also brought in a purple tulip cultivar named “Tulipa cv. Singapore”.
In conjunction with Tulipmania, local senior citizens enjoy 50% off weekday admission tickets to the cooled conservatories (terms and conditions apply). Visitors can also look forward to thematic programmes, including a tulip floral arrangement workshop in celebration of Mother’s Day, as well as contests and giveaways by official airline partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Details of Tulipmania are available at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/tulipmania.
Gardens by the Bay plants tree in memory of Lee Kuan Yew
|Dr Kiat W Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay (pictured left), carrying out the tree planting with Board Directors and staff.|
|The Sepetir daun tebal (Sindora wallichii), planted in memory of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, at the Golden Garden.|
Staff of Gardens by the Bay held a tree planting ceremony this morning as a tribute to Singapore’s Chief Gardener and Father of the Garden City vision, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The ceremony saw the planting of a Sepetir daun tebal (Sindora wallichii) at the Golden Garden near the main entrance to Gardens by the Bay. The young tree, a species native to Singapore’s primary forests, was meant to have been planted by Mr Lee during a visit he was planning to make earlier this year. Today’s ceremony marked the completion of the planting in his honour.
Sepetir daun tebal (Sindora wallichii)
The Sepetir daun tebal (Sindora wallichii) is a strong timber tree that belongs to the legume family and is native to Singapore’s primary forests. It can be found in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Changi, where a tall specimen is marked as a Heritage Tree. Historically, a tree of the same species once stood tall in Changi with a girth of 3.5 metres and a height over 76 metres. An iconic marker, it was labelled on pre-war charts as a typographical landmark.
Gardens by the Bay celebrates Lunar New Year with Singapore’s largest mass lion dance ‘cai qing’ (采青) performance
Gardens by the Bay entered the Singapore Book of Records for the first time today with a mega lion dance that saw 50 lions participating in the “Largest Mass Lion Dance Cai Qing Performance” Singapore has ever seen.
Lion dance performers from award-winning troupe Tian Eng and Dragon Dance Centre ushered in the Year of the Goat at the Gardens’ Supertree Grove by forming the auspicious words ”兴", "旺” and “发” – symbolising “Happiness”, “Prosperity” and “Wealth” – with slices of mandarin oranges.
‘Cai qing’, or the act of ‘picking the green’, is the highlight of the traditional Chinese lion dance, where performers use vegetables or mandarin oranges to form auspicious greetings, as a way to usher in good luck and prosperity for the new year.
Joining in the celebrations this evening was Dr. Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer for Gardens by the Bay, who received the certificate issued by officials from the Singapore Book of Records. The following Saturday, 28 February 2015, will see Gardens by the Bay attempt to set another record for the “Largest Mass Stilt-Walking Parade” involving 50 stilt-walkers.
The two events are part of Gardens by the Bay’s Lunar New Year celebrations, “Spring Surprise”, which runs from 21 February to 1 March 2015. Visitors will also be able to try their hand at oriental crafts, such as Chinese knots, paper cutting and calligraphy, and meet the God of Fortune mascots, “福禄寿喜”.
"Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay" comes to life
The inaugural Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay was officially launched this evening with the illumination of the majestic Spalliera – the largest Luminarie light sculpture at the event – by Guest of Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development.
Guests, including beneficiaries from the Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital, witnessed the enchanting Italian Luminarie light sculptures light up the Gardens while partaking in a bustling European-style Festive Market at the Supertree Grove and getting into the winter holiday spirit with Yuletide in the Flower Dome.
Jointly organised by Blue Sky Events and Gardens by the Bay, Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay is set to redefine the experience of celebrating the festive season in the tropics with unique installations and programmes specially curated for all to enjoy.
The Festive Market will run till 21 December 2014, while the Luminarie light sculptures will be lit up till 1 January 2015 and Yuletide in the Flower Dome will continue till 6 January 2015. Access to Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay is free, while admission charges apply to the Flower Dome. Visitors enjoy 10% off admission rates into the cooled conservatories when they book online on www.gardensbythebay.com.sg at least one day before their visit (terms and conditions apply).
For more information and updates on Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay, the public can visit www.gardensbythebay.christmaswonderland.sg.
Please see Annex A and Annex B for detailed descriptions of all of the activities and highlights at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay.
Gardens by the Bay launches its first mobile app to connect visitors with nature through innovative technology
Gardens by the Bay, one of the world’s leading horticultural gardens, today announced the launch of its first mobile application, designed using cutting-edge technology to enhance visitors’ experiences. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the app will engage and excite visitors through a series of interactive trails, games, educational tools and information about the Gardens’ unique horticulture.
“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve how visitors experience the Gardens,” said Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay. “This app seeks to transform the way that visitors interact and engage with the plants on display by harnessing the power of technology to bring to life the stories of nature on their personal mobile devices. We thank Bloomberg Philanthropies for making this meaningful project possible.”
The Gardens by the Bay mobile app will serve as a practical multimedia guide, providing an introduction to the vast collection of plant life throughout the Gardens and explanations of the diverse habitats around the world. Using GPS and way-finding technology, the app will offer an interactive map and encourage visitors to explore hidden locations, earning them virtual rewards for finding these secret spots and completing scavenger-like challenges. Available in five languages – English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Japanese – the app will engage visitors through educational games that reinforce horticultural learning, augmented reality that encourage users to uncover virtual plants, and sharing on social media.
“Gardens by the Bay came up with a really imaginative way to use mobile technology to help more people explore and interact with its exhibits. Its app is a great tool for learning about nature, no matter where you are – and it will make a visit to one of the world's most innovative horticultural gardens even more spectacular,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The Gardens by the Bay app is now available on both Apple and Android platforms and can be downloaded for free via iTunes and Google Play. Information on the app is available at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/mobileapp.
Gardens by the Bay is the latest cultural institution in Asia to be included in Bloomberg Connects, a global commitment that provides funding for the development of technology to increase access to cultural attractions and enrich visitors’ experiences. In addition, the foundation has provided funding for technology at institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Science Museum in London the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern as well as the Metropolitan Opera, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Starting with support for traditional audio guides in 1999, Bloomberg Philanthropies has helped cultural institutions stay current with the latest trends in technology and revolutionize the visitor experience.
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay unveils exciting line-up of festive entertainment and dining experiences
The inaugural Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay is set to redefine the experience of celebrating the festive season in the tropics, with a unique line-up of programmes and installations specially curated for all to enjoy.
Featuring a myriad of firsts, the event includes the debut showcase of the Italian Luminarie light sculptures, a European-style Festive Market set amidst the splendour of the Supertree Grove, and a floral winter experience with Yuletide in the Flower Dome.
In addition, visitors can look forward to a host of exciting programmes throughout the Gardens – from festive-themed acts and performances, Christmas treats and gifts, to winter escapades complete with the cold and ‘snow’.
Jointly organised by Blue Sky Events and Gardens by the Bay, the festivities kick off from 17 November. Access to Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay is free, while standard admission charges apply to the Flower Dome. For information and updates, members of the public can visit http://gardensbythebay.christmaswonderland.sg/.
Enjoy specially curated line-up of activities and performances (from 17 November)
Get into the Christmas spirit with a host of performances to ring in the festive season. Look out for the Nutcracker Parade featuring dancers from the Nanyang Technological University, be entertained by bagpipe troupe Merlion Pipes and Drums, be enthralled by the Garden Rhapsody Christmas Edition light and sound show, and snap a picture with Fantasy on Stilts – stiltwalkers in fairy, candy canes and Santarina costumes.
The Casa Armonica, an eight-metre-tall illuminated gazebo, will play host to 12 days of caroling by Singapore’s acclaimed choir groups including Hwa Chong Choir, Temasek Junior College Choir and Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School Choir. Visitors will also be serenaded by the soulful sounds of jazz, bossa nova, samba, soul and contemporary music by Festive Sirens Alemay Fernandez, Dawn Ho, Lily Anna and Michaela Therese.
There is also plenty to keep the young ones occupied – children can play with ‘snow’ during Blizzard Time at the picturesque Spalliera, board a Christmas Train that weaves through the Supertree Grove and enjoy dramatic poetry recitations of The Giving Tree by theatre group ACT 3 Drama Academy, and make a date with well-loved children’s book character from the Netherlands, Miffy, in the Flower Dome.
Experience winter in the tropics (from 17 November)
Get a taste of winter right here on the equator as the world’s Largest Glass Greenhouse – the Flower Dome – transforms into a floral winter landscape with cool temperatures to match.
Celebrate Yuletide in the Flower Dome as the signature Flower Field comes to life this holiday season with a charming winter village scene set amidst red and white blooms dotted with evergreen conifers. Adding to the festive cheer is a series of holiday programmes for the young and old, from story-telling and musical performances to Christmas paper craft and mascot appearances.
Yuletide in the Flower Dome runs from 17 November 2014 to 6 January 2015. The Flower Dome opens from 9am to 9pm, with holiday programmes at various timings.
Explore the European-style Festive Market (from 29 November)
Set amidst the Supertree Grove, the Festive Market features charming wooden huts adapted from renowned Christmas markets throughout Europe, such as those in Hyde Park in London and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Shop for Christmas gifts, crafts or trinkets at the Isetan Christmas Village, Perfect Fit, Yankee candles, Babyatt as well as the Christmas Wonderland and Gardens by the Bay merchandise stores.
The Market will also feature a wide range of international cuisine and wines. Indulge in a delicious snack, grab a tipple or bring home specialty food items from Bakerzin, Brewerkz, Chef on Wheels, Dean and Deluca, House of Nuts, Jing Tea, Saybons, The Ice Cream & Cookie Co., Peach Garden and Water and Wine. Exclusive products and offers are available at selected outlets at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay.
The event will also see the debut of a new experiential concept from Asia’s Best Pastry Chef 2014 Janice Wong. Having had her edible installations featured worldwide, including Hong Kong, Miami, New York, Mexico, and now at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay, visitors can look forward to experiencing a creative showcase of Chef Janice's decadent sweets and desserts in a pop-up at the Festive Market. Expect Chef Janice's magical touch with the aim for an experience that will be ‘nostalgic’ without being old fashioned, and ‘whimsical’ without being childish.
Another special pop-up store is Christmas d'lights by Culina. The local food purveyor will be presenting an array of fine food and wine where you can take your pick from a wide range of delightful Christmas treats ranging from Christmas Bonafanti panettones (Italy), Folk gingerbreads (Australia), Alain MIlliat jams (France) and Sanpellegrino beverages.
For a Japanese festive experience, visit the Isetan Christmas Village, which offers a combination of the traditional trim shop, signature novelties and a Sapporo Beer Garden. The Japanese department store will also be flying in chefs who will be serving up authentic Japanese delights. Must-haves include Ijima Shoten (Deep Fried Seafood), Eiwa Baby Castella, Sapporo Mensho Ramen and Nakayama Shokuhin.
The Festive Market will open from 29 November to 21 December 2014 from 3pm to 11pm daily, with restaurants opening from 5pm.
Dine at the enchanting two-century old Spiegeltent (from 29 November)
Visitors looking for a unique culinary experience will be able to dine at the spectacular Spiegeltent. The travelling ‘mirrored tent’ is made up of over 1,000 pieces of wood, canvas, exquisitely decorated mirrors and stained glass.
Helmed by Kitchen Language’s award-winning Group Executive Chef Martin Woo, the Spiegeltent will feature traditional Christmas fare, such as Cranberry & Chestnut Falafel, Lemon & Herb Lamb Lollipops, Roast Turkey with Chestnut & Cranberry Stuffing, Worcestershire Glazed Sausages with a Herb & Mustard Dip, Hot Mulled Wine and Hot Vodka with Honey (Krupnik).
Diners at the Spiegeltent can choose from an a la carte dinner menu, which is available from 29 November 2014 to 21 December 2014, from 5pm to 11pm daily. The menu changes every week, with items priced from S$7. Minimum purchase of a drink is required for entry into the Spiegeltent. For more information, visit http://gardensbythebay.christmaswonderland.sg/.
Children's Day kicks off with a splash at Far East Organization Children's Garden in Gardens by the Bay
More than 200 children from various charities, schools and arts groups soaked up the Children's Day festivities at the Far East Organization Children's Garden in Gardens by the Bay today.
Joining in the celebration this morning was Guest of Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, who presented cheques on behalf of Far East Organization to nine children charities. The donation will go towards the development of programmes and activities for beneficiaries from Association for Person with Special Needs, Autism Association (Singapore), Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home, Club Rainbow Singapore, Down Syndrome Association (Singapore), Kidz Horizon Appeal, MILK Fund, Muhammadiyah Welfare Home and Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer.
Guests attending the Children's Day celebration were treated to performances by the Methodist Girls' School and Singapore Symphony Orchestra, as well as a 'splashing' dance item by students from the Singapore Ballet Academy who danced to the familiar tune of "Under the Sea", synchronised with the water jets in the water play area. Other activities for the day included balloon fishing, face painting and water gun shooting.
First Children's Day at Far East Organization Children's Garden
This is the first time that a Children's Day celebration has been organised since the Far East Organization Children's Garden at Gardens by the Bay opened to the public in January this year. Designed as a space to encourage free play and to reconnect the younger generation with nature, the Children's Garden gives kids the liberty to explore, imagine and create, while enhancing their physical and cognitive capabilities, within a garden setting.
Children’s Day Promotion
Kids visit the cooled conservatories for free with each accompanying adult. In conjunction with Children's Day on 3 October, Hari Raya Haji on 5 October, and the new "Indian Safari" floral display in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Residents enjoy a special promotion from 3 to 6 October. With every Local Adult Admission ticket purchased at the ticketing booth, Singapore Residents receive a complimentary Local Child Admission ticket. Terms and conditions apply.
Singapore's Gardens by the Bay sets Guinness World Record
The Flower Dome is Largest Glass Greenhouse in the world
The Flower Dome at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay has set a Guinness World Record for being the Largest Glass Greenhouse in the world.
Featured in the Guinness World Records 2015 book, the Flower Dome covers 1.28 hectares under glass. Its column-free gridshell and arch structure lets in maximum light and replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions of the world.
The Flower Dome sits alongside the 0.8-hectare Cloud Forest conservatory. Both glasshouses, designed by UK architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre, form the botanical arks that have become a distinct feature of Gardens by the Bay. Unlike most temperate greenhouses which have a warm interior, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are climate-controlled in a sustainable, energy-efficient manner to provide a cool environment that brings forth the concept of perpetual spring in the tropics. Along with the outdoor garden spaces at Gardens by the Bay, the cooled conservatories were open to the public in June 2012.
“We are thrilled that the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay now holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Glass Greenhouse,” said Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay. “When we created the Gardens, we set out to make this a vibrant leisure destination where families, friends and communities can come together to enjoy. The cooled conservatories are an iconic part of the Gardens that bring visitors on a botanical holiday to the natural wonders of faraway realms – right here on the equator. This recognition of the Flower Dome as the Largest Glass Greenhouse is an achievement that we can all take pride in.”
The Flower Dome houses vivid floral displays which are refreshed periodically to bring ever-changing horticultural experiences to visitors. For 2015, Gardens by the Bay will embark on a story-telling journey as told through six ‘chapters’ of colourful floral displays. The Gardens will usher in the new year with Asian tales, before welcoming the return of the popular Tulipmania - this time amidst a fairy-tale setting. The story-telling continues with nursery rhymes that will bring back memories of familiar childhood verses. In August, the Gardens will celebrate the nation’s 50th birthday with a floral depiction of the Singapore story, before moving on to folklores surrounding the chrysanthemum flower. The year will close with a fantastical Christmas floral display featuring toys and tales from Santa’s workshop.
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay is set to redefine the experience of celebrating the festive season in the tropics with a magnificent display of light sculptures from Europe and a charming Christmas market. Nestled in Singapore’s award-winning Gardens by the Bay, this magical light-up experience promises to delight visitors from near and far.
Jointly organised by Gardens by the Bay and Blue Sky Events, Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay will feature a myriad of firsts, promising a feast for the senses. These include the debut showcase of the spellbinding Luminarie light sculptures specially handcrafted and flown in from Italy, an impressive two-century-old Spiegeltent from the Netherlands, a beautifully illuminated Casa Armonica gazebo, and a European-style Festive Market.
A Sight to Behold
Inspired by the elaborate Baroque architecture of the 16th and 17th century, the Luminarie light sculptures have been designed and built in Italy by Paulicelli Illuminations International, a family-run business that has handed down the skill from generation to generation for over a century. The Luminarie’s annual appearance in Kobe, Japan, continues to attract three to five million people each year since 1995.
Set amidst the beautiful backdrop of the flora and fauna of the Gardens, over 30 intricate light installations are handmade using white wood from the south of Italy by skilled craftsmen. Visitors to the Gardens will be greeted and led to the Supertree Grove by 16-metre-tall Frontone light arches. Within the Supertree Grove lies the magnificent Spalliera – the largest light structure at 17 metres high and 31 metres wide – for a breathtaking photo opportunity. These grand masterpieces will complement the magnificent Supertrees to create a truly magical atmosphere from 29 November to 1 January 2015, 7pm to midnight daily.
Also on display is a spectacular Spiegeltent, a travelling ‘mirror tent’ from the Netherlands, making its first appearance in Asia. Originally built in the late 19th and 20th century, only a handful remain in existence. Made of 1,000 pieces of wood, canvas, exquisitely decorated mirrors and stained glass, the enchanting tent will present a unique dining experience for visitors. The Spiegeltent will open from 5pm to midnight daily.
Adding to the festive cheer, visitors will be treated to 12 days of carolling at the stunning Casa Armonica. The eight-metre-tall beautifully illuminated gazebo will play host to a special line-up of carolers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival.
The resplendence continues into the Flower Dome, where Luminarie light sculptures will lend an extra sparkle to the Christmas floral display within.
Shop, Wine & Dine
To complement the festive theme, the Supertree Grove will also house a traditional European-style Festive Market. The Market will feature 19 specially designed wooden huts adapted from renowned Christmas markets throughout Europe, such as those in Hyde Park in London and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Visitors will be able to enjoy specialty dining experiences, and shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts such as Luminarie souvenirs, Yuletide crafts, trinkets, and specialty food items. The Market will also feature gourmet restaurants where visitors can indulge in a wide range of international cuisine and wines, a traditional Christmas dinner, Mediterranean dishes and European desserts. The Festive Market will open from 29 November to 21 December 2014 from 2pm to 11pm daily, with restaurants opening from 5pm.
“We are excited to be presenting Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay with Blue Sky Events. The myriad of firsts that will be showcased at this event demonstrates our continuous efforts to inject new ideas into making the Gardens a delightful place for all in Singapore. Complemented by our Christmas floral display in the Flower Dome, we hope the festivities at the Gardens will bring the year to a befitting close, amidst the beauty of nature,” said Ms Ong Chui Leng, Director of Programming, Gardens by the Bay.
“This Christmas fair is specially curated to enable as many people in Singapore to experience the festive spirit from all over the world, from the enchanting glow of the Italian Luminarie light sculptures, to the impressive Spiegeltent from the Netherlands, to the amazing Mediterranean delicacies they can savour at the Festive Market. The grandeur of the Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay will provide yet another reason for locals and tourists alike to celebrate the festive season in the tropics,” said Sarah Martin, Director of Blue Sky Events.
Singapore Garden Festival to return in 2016
Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) came to a close today, after nine days (16 to 24 August), during which it showcased exciting garden designs and exquisite floral creations. Some 300,000 visitors to the Festival, over 50 displays and more than 250,000 plants featuring more than 1,000 different species were on display.
This is the biennial Festival’s fifth run, the first being in 2006. Over the years, SGF has grown to become the world’s premier tropical garden and flower show. This year’s Festival featured over 50 designers from 15 countries under one roof showcasing their masterpieces at the Singapore’s leading horticulture-themed destination, Gardens by the Bay. This was the first time the Festival went outdoors and visitors were treated to the best of tropical horticulture and artistry with impressive structures of up to 10 metres high. There were 15 Landscape and Fantasy Gardens, 14 Floral Windows to the World displays, eight Balcony Gardens, seven Table Top Floral displays, six miniature gardens and the Orchid Extravaganza featuring some 18,000 plants and more than 40 orchid species and hybrids.
Mr Kenneth Er, CEO of National Parks Board, said at an appreciation party on Sunday, 24 August, “The past nine days have been truly exciting, as we planned for the first time a Festival that was partially outdoors at Gardens by the Bay. Not only did we overcome some of the challenges of an outdoor garden venue, we were also able to attain the highest number of award recipients in the Festival’s history, a sure indication that overall standard has risen.”
The next Singapore Garden Festival will be held in 2016 at Gardens by the Bay. Details on the event date will be announced when available.
A snapshot of what participants and visitors say about SGF:
“The garden has created something of a sensation across the world and we will continue to promote the show and its ethos wherever we can. SGF provided us with the opportunity to explore a particularly ambitious design in the context of Singapore, creating a unique and memorable garden experience,” said Gavin McWilliam, who together with Andrew Wilson (UK) designed the “Sacred Grove” (Landscape Garden).
“…I think the move to Gardens by the Bay has been very successful. Visitors to the show have still been able to experience Fantasy gardens in the giant Marquee under lights but outside they have been able to see the true delicate textures of natural plant foliage and flower colours against the beautiful backdrop of Singapore’s city skyline. The show has grown from strength to strength and is now widely known amongst international circles as the premiere tropical garden show, evident this year by such a strong line-up of world famous designers from a variety of countries. The people of Singapore, NParks & Gardens by the Bay have every reason to embrace this wonderful show and feel proud that international visitors are seeing first hand that you really are creating a garden in a city,” said Jim Fogarty (Australia) who designed “Australasia” (Landscape Garden).
“This is the second Festival we participated in and its new venue has brought about new challenges and new excitement. Working with the overseas designers and participating in the Fantasy category has also enabled us to challenge our thinking and design innovation,” said Gurumurthy, Managing Director of Landscape Engineering Pte Ltd, who was the implementing partner for James Basson’s Tartarus (Fantasy Garden).
“I believe this is a great opportunity for local designers to showcase their talents with other international designers through this international festival. Not only we learn so much but also a good exposure among all. Truly a wonderful experience!” said Winston Chin, local floral artist behind the display “Enchanted Night” in the Table Floral Series.
“I am very impressed by the Penjing display and I wish I had more time to explore the other parts of the Festival. I will definitely come again in 2016,” said visitor Ms Ho Foong Hoe.
“I came to the Festival this year as it is now at Gardens by the Bay – a garden setting rather than indoors. It is good that the landscape gardens are outdoors and being able to visit the Flower Dome as well is a plus,” said visitor Irene Foo.
Singapore Garden Festival returns with a new high
The much anticipated premier tropical garden and flower show — Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) – returns from 16 to 24 August 2014 for the fifth time at a new location, featuring bigger, taller and more extensive garden and flower displays from both international designers and local communities. Organised by the National Parks Board and Gardens by the Bay, the nine-day biennial event is expected to give visitors from Singapore and around the world a magical garden experience with 50 gardens and flower displays from The Meadow to the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.
Over 80 percent of the designers this year will be making their debut appearance at SGF. With height limits being raised threefold so that the tallest exhibits would soar 10 metres high, visitors will be treated to the best of tropical horticulture and artistry. The highly popular Landscape and Fantasy Gardens competition and the Floral Windows to the World competition will see 32 internationally renowned designers, including returning Best of Show winners Joe Palimeno (Landscape Gardens Category) and Damian Tang (Fantasy Garden Category) competing for top honours again in this new environment.
An extensive showcase like no other
From fantasy-like gardens to enormous displays of tropical plants and flowers, visitors will be able to see it all at The Meadow. Skirting the perimeters of the lawn are 80 sqm landscape gardens. Be mesmerised by Vincent Chia's (Singapore), ‘Heaven on Earth’ garden, filled with butterfly attracting plants signifying the manifestation of the real world where plants and animals can co-exist in perfect harmony with mankind.
Across The Meadow, in the tented area, visitors will be enchanted and drawn into a world beyond imagination with abstract garden designs and concepts in the Fantasy gardens category.
‘A Garden of Hers’ by Damian Tang (Singapore) will feature a near nine metre tall structure illustrating the high apse of a cathedral with four panels of six metre tall stained glass created by the designer himself. Step into the ‘Winter Illusion’ by Kate Hillier and Dan Rutherford (New Zealand) and be mesmerised by a frozen winter garden, created with the use of a snow machine, beneath a tropical Singaporean jungle.
Also breaking new height records at the Festival this year is the Orchid Extravaganza located at the Flower Dome, which will feature a 10-metre-tall orchid kaleidoscope, giving visitors a stunning visual spectrum of colours to admire. Designed by award-winning landscape architect Jun-ichi Inada, this vertical orchid wall is the tallest structure ever built in Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome. With some 18,000 plants and over 40 orchid species and hybrids on display, the Orchid Extravaganza will give visitors an immersive journey into the diverse and colourful world of orchids.
“It is amazing to see how the Festival has grown over the years into the internationally renowned one it is today. With the move to Gardens by the Bay this year, it has certainly brought about a new aspect to the Festival not just for the designers but also the visitors”, said Dennis Lim, Deputy Director, Singapore Garden Festival. He added, “Unlike previous years, visitors can now admire the beauty and serenity of the gardens as they transit from day to night. Families and friends can also have their weekend picnics at the lawn while visiting the extensive displays at our premier tropical garden and flower show.”
Adding to that, Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Judge of SGF, CEO of Gardens by the Bay and Advisor to National Parks Board said, “We are in a land of perpetual summer, which presents a wonderful environment for a show like Singapore Garden Festival to bloom in a garden setting at Gardens by the Bay. We are able to showcase the richness of tropical vegetation and have award winning designers from around the world and Singapore to transform them into such creative and fascinating displays.”
Other Festival Highlights
New to the Festival this year is a Miniature Garden Display where visitors will be able to see six intricately designed gardens that use popular fiction as inspiration among others such as Harry Potter's Greenhouse and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
Each approximately 0.5m by 1m, these gardens showcase miniature plants along with intricately designed furniture and accessories. Designed by Deb Mackie, Louise Krasniewicz and Nancy Grube, recent Gold & Best of Show Award winners from the Philadelphia Flower Show, this is a new and upcoming horticulture hobby popular in the United States of America, and perfect for Singapore where home garden spaces are limited.
Other highlights include:
Celebrating Community and Home Gardening
Further encouraging visitors to take up gardening is the popular Gardeners’ Cup, returning with an even stronger presence this year. A total of 37 community gardens, up from a previous 30, will be split into five teams to compete. Each team was tasked to design its garden featuring one of the five senses – sound, sight, touch, smell and taste – the first time it had ever been done in this competition.
Dr Leong Chee Chiew, Deputy CEO of NParks & Commissioner of Parks & Recreation, said, “Gardening enhances the quality of Singaporeans. But the true value of community gardening lies in the “kampong” spirit it nurtures – the bonds it builds, the friendships it fosters, and the camaraderie it cultivates. Competition aside, the Gardeners’ Cup is a wonderful platform for fellow community gardeners from all walks of life to meet each other, expand their network, and share the latest happenings in their gardens.”
In conjunction with the 10th year that Community in Bloom (CIB) was incepted, a commemorative book titled, “Community in Bloom: My Community Our Gardens”, celebrating many of CIB’s best moments and memories will be launched at SGF.
Another new book, “My Green Space: Indoor Gardening Made Simple”, will also be launched at the Festival to share tips and inspire visitors to incorporate greenery into their homes.
Members of the public are also encouraged to bring back the plant they took during the “Share a Plant” initiative in May to enjoy a 20 per cent discount on their ticket purchase onsite. They can also submit their potted plants for a mini-competition – Share a Plant Container Garden Competition – and have their mini plant exhibited throughout the Festival. Award ribbons such as “Most Creative Display” and “Best Plant Mix” will be accorded to the winning displays.
Visitors keen to bring something home can also check out the vibrant MarketPlace at the Supertree Grove, with over 80 stalls offering a wide array of plants, gardening and landscape products and services, and arts and crafts for sale.
Snap and win with SGF Colours contest
Visitors to the show can also participate in the SGF “Colours” photography competition and stand to win great prizes such as the Canon-sponsored EOS 700D, PowerShot G16 and the PowerShot SX700 HS. To participate, capture the perfect picturesque view of the theme “Colours” at the Festival and submit it through Singapore Garden Festival’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/SGGardenFest. The contest starts on 16 August and will end on 7 September 2014. The public also stand to win prizes by voting for their favourite photo on the Facebook page’s contest tab.
Tickets are available during the show period at the ticketing kiosks located at the entrance of The Meadow, The Meadow open-air car park and near the entrance of the Flower Dome.
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The Festival is jointly organised by NParks and GB, together with its key partners, Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), Orchid Society of Southeast Asia (OSSEA), Singapore Gardening Society and Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Gardens by the Bay teams up with The Hidden Good to carry out Singapore’s great social experiment
Today, over 1,600 people who had signed up for the Singapore edition of the MP3 Experiment came from all corners of the island to participate in the event at Gardens by the Bay. The MP3 Experiment is a social initiative spearheaded locally by youth movement, The Hidden Good, to bring the community together so as to showcase a warmer, friendlier and more cohesive side of society.
The social experiment involves participants tuning in simultaneously to a special MP3 track, which guides them through a series of spontaneous, interactive activities. This year’s turnout saw visitors across a spectrum of ages and backgrounds engage in activities such as a game of “Scissors Paper Stone”, a mass tai-chi exercise, and a superhero make-believe.
The guerrilla event, which was marketed entirely online and through social media channels, was organised by The Hidden Good in collaboration with Gardens by the Bay, Great Eastern, National Youth Council and Singapore Kindness Movement. As official venue partner, Gardens by the Bay was the setting for the MP3 Experiment this year, which took place across various locations in the Gardens before culminating at the Supertree Grove.
“The MP3 Experiment creates this amazing atmosphere that cannot be replicated easily. At least for that half an hour, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from and what you agree with – you’re there in the moment, with everyone else, and that matters,” said Ana Ansari, this year’s project manager. “For us, Gardens by the Bay was the ideal location because it provides an amazing space that promises the best experience for our participants. But more than that, it’s part of this new direction that our island is heading towards - it represents change. This year’s experiment was a new challenge for us because of the sheer volume of people we wanted to bring together, and we’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have done it here.”
"We are happy to team up with The Hidden Good for this wonderful initiative," said Ms Ong Chui Leng, Director of Programming, Gardens by the Bay. "The Gardens' many programmes - from concerts and movie screenings to arts performances and sporting events - cater to different interests and age groups. Just earlier this month, the Gardens was abuzz with activity when schools and students came together for the Singapore Youth Festival. We welcome new ideas for making Gardens by the Bay a garden for everyone."
In the months ahead, the Gardens will play host to the Singapore Garden Festival in August, come aglow with lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival in September, celebrate Children’s Day in October, and line up a string of engaging programmes for the festive season in November and December.
Gardens by the Bay welcomes 10-millionth visitor
Gardens by the Bay welcomed its 10-millionth visitor today, a week ahead of its second anniversary on 29 June 2014.
73-year-old Mr Kho Su Kiak from Sarawak, Malaysia, who is visiting his daughter and her family in Singapore, was surprised with a “Gardens Experience” gift as he entered the Flower Dome. This is the first time that he and his wife have been to Gardens by the Bay.
A delighted Mr Kho remarked, “This is such an unexpected surprise! It was my daughter’s idea to bring my wife and I to Gardens by the Bay as we both enjoy nature. It’s wonderful to see so many beautiful and interesting plants that we don’t get to see back home. The Supertrees are unique. And I like the cactus too.”
His daughter, Mdm Ivory Kho, who lives with her family in Singapore, added, “We thought this would be a really nice place to bring my parents to while they are in Singapore. This is the second time for me and my family, and my kids enjoy it. It’s the whole experience – from the moment you step into the Gardens, you are surrounded by plants.”
The “Gardens Experience” gift comprises a private guided tour of Gardens by the Bay; a “Friends of the Gardens” annual membership for five family members; and a hamper filled with Gardens by the Bay merchandise including apparel, home ware, books and novelty items.
Mrs Theresa Foo, Chairman of Gardens by the Bay, said, “For Gardens by the Bay to welcome 10 million visitors before turning two is a remarkable milestone for us. We are grateful for the support of staff, volunteers, partners and visitors – all of whom have contributed in some way towards bringing this People’s Garden to fruition. We have opened our doors and experiences to many, and look forward to continuing to engage and excite all who visit us from near and far. We hope that Singaporeans will continue to grow with us and make this a place they can enjoy with their family and friends.”
Since its first anniversary, Gardens by the Bay has launched the new Far East Organization Children’s Garden in January this year, and in February opened the Sun Pavilion, an outdoor attraction of desert plants. Within the Flower Dome, a year-round series of floral display changes continues to captivate visitors with plants from around the world such as tulips, roses, lavenders and chrysanthemums. By bringing the world of plants to Singapore, Gardens by the Bay enables visitors to discover the wonders of the Plant Kingdom without having to leave the city. The Gardens also provides an idyllic setting for public events including a Valentine’s Day concert by singer-songwriter Corrinne May and a movie screening of the award-winning “ILO ILO” beneath the Supertrees. In a short span of less than two years, the Gardens has received more than 35 international and local awards – from being the first garden to be presented the prestigious Thea Award (deemed the Oscars of the international attractions industry) in 2014, to being recognised by the Singapore Tourism Board for “Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism” in 2013.
In the second half of this year, some of the programmes that visitors can look forward to include:
June family fun at Gardens by the Bay
With the approaching school holidays and the myriad of activities and promotion at Gardens by the Bay, there is no better time than June to reconnect with your family and nature.
Gardens by the Bay has lined up a series of fun and educational programmes for kids this holidays. Learn about the Gardens’ environmental sustainability through simple experiments and activities in “A Sustainable Garden”. Discover interesting stories behind the fruits from the Mediterranean region in “A Forbidden Fruit”. Embark on a journey of floral and fauna discovery through a series of tours and craft activities in “Kids at the Gardens”.
Within the Flower Dome, families can enjoy the latest “French Faire” floral display featuring fragrant blooms like lavender, lilac, gardenia and jasmine. What’s more, the “Gardens by the Bay Family Package” which runs till end-June offers even more reason to visit the cooled conservatories. Priced at S$50, the special package includes admission tickets for two adults and two children (valid for local residents and on-site purchases only; other terms and conditions apply).
At Gardens by the Bay, no family outing is complete without a visit to the Far East Organization Children’s Garden. Just a short walk from the conservatories, this outdoor garden for kids enables our little ones to “hang out” in treehouses or get wet in the water play area.
“Share A Plant” to mark the return of Singapore Garden Festival in August
The return of the premier tropical garden and flower show — Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) – was announced today with the launch of a week-long “Share a Plant” initiative. The launch event, held aptly at Gardens by the Bay (GB), the new grounds for the biennial Festival’s fifth run, got off to a green start with over 100 community gardeners, students, parents and teachers from various schools and organisations coming together with National Parks Board (NParks) and GB staff to pot 1,000 plants. These plants were put on display at a specially created “Singapore Garden Festival Candy Land” structure at GB and will be given out to park visitors as “Share a Plant”.
Everyone Can Garden
“Share a Plant” aims to encourage the appreciation of plants and gardening, which is a key objective of SGF. It also helps to spread the message that everyone – young, old, amateur or aspirational – can garden. A total of 5,000 plants – potted by community and school volunteers from Nanyang Primary School, Loyang Primary School, St Joseph’s Institution, Muhammadiyah Welfare Home and Community in Bloom Gardeners – will be distributed across five popular gardens and parks over the next five days for the public to pick up and share with someone special. Members of the public are encouraged to bring back their plant to the Festival for others to enjoy and those who do so will each enjoy a 20 per cent discount on their ticket purchase onsite.
A mini-competition – Share a Plant Container Garden Competition – will call for people to not just bring back the plant to the Festival, but to decorate or arrange it creatively in a 0.5mL by 0.5mW design of their choice, for example, in a dish garden, container garden or basket. These mini plant displays will be exhibited throughout the Festival, and a panel of judges will decide the winners. Award ribbons such as “Most Creative Display” and “Best Plant Mix” will be accorded to the winnings displays.
The five locations and the respective timings are summarised in the table below.
|Date||Time||Plant Sharing Locations|
|08 May 2014 (Tue)||11:00 am onwards||Gardens by the Bay|
|09 May 2014 (Fri)||08:00 am onwards||Singapore Botanic Gardens|
|10 May 2014 (Sat)||08:00 am onwards||Bishan - Ang Mo Kio Park|
|11 May 2014 (Sun)||08:00 am onwards||HotPark|
|12 May 2014 (Mon)||11:00 am onwards||Raffles Place Park|
A Premier Show at an Iconic Location Showcasing the Best of Tropical Horticulture and Artistry
The Festival will be housed at GB for the first time and be opened for a nine day period from 16 to 24 August 2014. Jointly organised by NParks and GB, this much anticipated Festival will continue to bring together top award-winning garden and floral designers from around the world to compete, as well as introduce new gardening elements to excite visitors from Singapore and overseas alike. This will be the first time that the Festival is held both indoors and outdoors, and with the new grounds seeing a new height limit raised threefold of up to 9 metres, visitors can look forward to even more impressive structures that showcase the best of tropical horticulture and artistry. The highly popular Landscape and Fantasy Gardens competition and the Floral Windows to the World competition will also be returning to the Festival with 28 out of the 33 designers participating at SGF for the first time.
The Festival will span across 2.2 hectares with gardens and floral exhibits uniquely displayed both indoors and outdoors at The Meadow. Over 70 stalls will set up shop along the Supertree Grove for visitors to satiate their shopping needs. Visitors can also delight in the return of the Orchid Extravaganza with award-winning landscape designer Jun-ichi Inada at the helm, featuring orchids from around the world at the Flower Dome.
“Since the launch of SGF back in 2006, the intent has always been to host the Festival at Gardens by the Bay when GB is ready. After four editions of SGF at Suntec Singapore, we are glad to say that the Festival is finally home. As Singapore’s leading horticulture-themed destination, GB provides the natural hosting venue to showcase the best of tropical garden and floral artistry for the enjoyment of the people. True to the Gardens’ promise from conceptualisation, we bring the world of plants to Singapore, and in so doing, present Singapore to the world. Holding the acclaimed SGF at GB marks another milestone in Singapore’s transformation from Garden City to a City in a Garden,” said Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay and Advisor to National Parks Board.
“The Festival has been an exciting show that Singaporeans look forward to biennially, and has inspired many visitors to start their own gardens. It has also enhanced the capabilities of our local landscape industry through the knowledge exchange between the overseas designers and local implementing partners. With the displays sited both indoors and outdoors, not only will it challenge the designers, it will also provide new exquisite offerings for visitors in an iconic garden,” said Dennis Lim, Deputy Director, Singapore Garden Festival. He added “We also hope to get more of the community involved in the Festival. Through Share a Plant, we hope that more will be inspired to enjoy plants and gardening.”
Celebrate Community Gardeners
The popular Gardeners’ Cup will return. 34 groups of community gardeners will be split into five teams to compete for the Gardeners’ Cup. From past experience, the competition between the teams is keen, with each team trying to outdo the others with creative designs and well-grown plants. This is a testament to how SGF has evolved beyond a glittery ensemble of world class garden designers into an occasion to also celebrate our community gardeners and showcase their talent and skills. To make things even more interesting this year, each team will design its garden based on one of the five senses – sound, sight, touch, smell and taste.
In conjunction with the 10th year that Community in Bloom (CIB) was incepted, a commemorative book that celebrates many of CIB’s best moments and memories will be launched at SGF.
“Community gardening has taken off in a way that we didn’t even dream was possible. It started with humble beginnings but has since grown exponentially – we now have over 700 community gardens and over twenty thousand dedicated gardeners young and old. It is wonderful to see our immensely passionate gardeners showcasing their talent and creativity to an international audience at the Singapore Garden Festival,” said Dr Leong Chee Chiew, Deputy CEO and Commissioner of Parks & Recreation, NParks.
New Highlights and Returning Delights for Everyone to Enjoy
In addition to a new location, this year’s Festival promises fun for everyone, with new and exciting elements introduced to both the competitive and non-competitive components of the show. For example, the Table Top Floral Displays – previously a non-competitive segment – will be present again at this year’s Festival but as a competitive category. Both floral professionals and enthusiasts among the public will be given a chance to showcase their talent and creativity at the Festival. The Home Garden displays with its unique and functional designs will also inspire visitors to incorporate greenery into their homes.
For those looking for a new gardening hobby, SGF will be featuring six Miniature Gardens created by three recent Gold & Best of Show Award winners from the Philadelphia Flower Show. Such displays feature intricately designed gardens created with miniature plants and furniture which is a new and upcoming horticulture hobby popular in the United States of America.
To celebrate the Festival’s debut at Gardens by the Bay, SGF tickets have been specially priced for local residents to visit both the Festival and the Flower Dome Conservatory for the same price as previous shows. All Singaporean seniors (≥60yrs) will also be entitled to an additional discount in celebration of the Pioneer Generations’ contribution to Singapore’s nation-building.
Tickets will be available online at www.singaporegardenfestival.com from 2 June 2014.
Ticket sales at the following places will start on 8 May 2014.
• Botany Centre and Visitor Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
• Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Visitor Centre
• HortPark Visitor Centre
• Gardens by the Bay Ticketing Hub
|SGF 2014 Ticket Prices (Inclusive complimentary entry to Flower Dome*)|
|Local Residents Rate||Standard Rate|
The Festival is jointly organised by NParks and GB, together with its key partners, Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), Orchid Society of Southeast Asia (OSSEA), Singapore Gardening Society and Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Tulipmania blooms at Gardens by the Bay
Singapore’s most popular tulip display, Tulipmania, is back for the second time at Gardens by the Bay. From now till 4 May 2014, the Flower Field within the Flower Dome will transform into a garden of tulips, this time bringing a “mini Holland” to Singapore. With more tulip bulbs on display this year compared to Tulipmania’s debut in 2013, the captivating floral display looks set to excite visitors from near and far once again.
For this second edition of Tulipmania, Gardens by the Bay has flown in 50,000 tulip bulbs in a myriad of varieties and colours directly from the Netherlands. Drawing inspiration from Madurodam, the miniature replica model park in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this year’s display depicts scenes of Dutch canals, houses and windmills set amidst spectacular blooms of tulips and hyacinths.
In conjunction with Tulipmania 2014, Gardens by the Bay is offering a special 50% discount to local senior citizens visiting the tulip display in the Flower Dome (terms and conditions apply). Visitors can also look forward to an exciting line-up of programmes such as Dutch cheese tasting, tulip-inspired art activity, Tulipmania self-guided trail, photography and Instagram competitions, and appearances by Miffy, the well-loved children’s book character flown in on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from the Netherlands.
Tulipmania returns to Gardens by the Bay
Singapore’s largest popular tulip display – Tulipmania – is back at the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay and looks set to excite visitors from near and far from 14 April to 4 May 2014.
This year, Gardens by the Bay will bring in some 50,000 tulip bulbs of many varieties and colours directly from the Netherlands. To join in this floral celebration, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will fly in Miffy – a well-loved children’s book character - bringing the tulips and a piece of Holland with her to Singapore.
“Gardens by the Bay is proud to announce the second installation of Tulipmania following last year’s success. We are delighted to have KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on board again to bring a slice of their heritage to our Gardens - with Miffy in tow this year. Tulipmania is part of the exciting line-up of programmes designed to encourage people from all walks of life to enjoy the wonders of the plant kingdom in the Gardens.” said Dr. Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay.
Drawing inspiration from the Madurodam, a miniature replica model park in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tulipmania aims to enthral guests once again, and presents a truly unique experience for visitors by bringing the cool climate blooms right into the heart of our tropical climate.
"War of the Roses" in royal bloom at Gardens by the Bay
From today till 6 April, Gardens by the Bay celebrates the beauty and romance of the Rose with a new floral display in the Flower Dome that showcases one of the world’s most popular blooms.
Entitled “War of the Roses”, 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.
Transporting visitors to medieval times, the floral display at Gardens by the Bay features two armour-plated knights on horses amidst a battlefield of roses in different colours, shapes and sizes. Other flowers complementing the display include Hydrageas, Pansies, Bellis and Alyssums.
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.
In conjunction with the display, visitors can embark on a self-guided adventure to discover the history and significance of roses with the help of a new trail map entitled “A Tale of Roses”.
The Sun Pavilion is Gardens by the Bay's new prickly attraction!
Home to over 1,000 desert plants comprising some 100 different species and varieties, the Sun Pavilion at Gardens by the Bay opens to the public today and brings yet another unique horticultural treat to visitors.
With this latest addition, the Gardens is the proud owner of one of the largest cacti and succulent collections in Southeast Asia. The 800-square-meter cactus garden proudly sponsored by Woh Hup (Private) Limited is located outdoors, next to the Far East Organization Children’s Garden.
With an amazing variety of prickly plants on display, the Sun Pavilion continues the efforts of the Gardens to introduce plants from various regions so that visitors can enjoy a botanical tour of the world. Visitors to the free attraction can marvel at cacti and succulents from semi-arid regions such as Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar.
“The Sun Pavilion presents an unusual group of plants that may not be the most visually appealing in the conventional sense, but is no less fascinating. Together with our existing collection of succulents in the Flower Dome, it forms one of the largest cacti and succulent collections in Southeast Asia, and adds on to our horticultural mosaic of plants from different regions of the world. We thank Woh Hup (Private) Ltd for making this possible,” said Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay.
Visitors will be able to spot the amazing Mexican columnar cacti, which bring to mind the desert landscapes reminiscent of those in olden-day cowboy films, and the large succulent Euphorbias, which while less spiny, are interesting as they produce latex to protect themselves against hungry predators. The Sun Pavilion also houses smaller succulents with eye-catching details such as the Brazilian species of Turk's Cap, and the Brain Cactus.
The Sun Pavilion opens to the public from 25 February 2014 and admission is free.
Far East Organization Children’s Garden opens 21 January 2014 at Gardens by the Bay
The Far East Organization Children’s Garden, the culmination of a year-long partnership between Gardens by the Bay and Far East Organization, was officially launched by Minister of State for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, today. The 1-hectare play area located along the waterfront of Bay South Garden, adjacent to the Cloud Forest conservatory, opens to the public tomorrow.
Gardens by the Bay, a recipient of the 2014 “Thea Awards” which is regarded as the Oscars of the attractions industry, and the Singapore Tourism Board’s recognition for “Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism” in 2013, is proud to offer children a place where play can be integrated into a fun garden setting. The Children's Garden was made possible with a SGD10-million contribution from Far East Organization.
“Words cannot express how pleased we are to offer children a special play area in Gardens by the Bay,” said CEO of Gardens by the Bay, Dr. Kiat W. Tan. “This Children’s Garden is made possible by the strong support of Far East Organization, and cements our commitment to creating a People’s Garden with a green legacy for our future generations.”
The Far East Organization Children’s Garden encourages playfulness by giving children the liberty to explore, imagine and create – in a way that no smartphone, tablet, or game console can offer – all within a garden setting that will spark the child’s imagination and appreciation for nature and the environment.
Far East Organization Executive Director Mrs Dorothy Chan said, “Far East Organization supports Gardens by the Bay’s vision to be a People’s Garden accessible to all. By the Grace of God, we are blessed to be able to contribute to this very special and meaningful initiative to create a fun-filled space for children and their families. We are confident that this partnership between Far East Organization and Gardens by the Bay will provide hours of enjoyment for the young and young-at-heart.”
Members of the “Friends of the Gardens” programme at Gardens by the Bay, who previewed the Children’s Garden, commented that the whole area was “nothing short of amazing” and agreed that they could not wait to bring their little ones back when it officially opens.
The Far East Organization Children’s Garden will open to the public from 21 January 2014 and admission is free. The play area operates from 9am to 9pm, and closes for maintenance every Monday (or the next working day if a public holiday falls on a Monday of that week).
Gardens by the Bay ushers in the Year of the Horse
Gardens by the Bay ushers in the Lunar New Year with a new floral display aptly named “Year of the Horse”. Inspired by Chinese brush painting “One Hundred Horses”, the floral display features sculptures of horses galloping amidst colourful blooms such as chrysanthemums, cherry blossoms, kumquat (citrus) plants, and camellias, and runs from 17 January to 16 February in the Flower Dome.
The festive celebrations continue outdoors with “Spring Surprise”, a series of entertaining programmes from 17 to 19 January. Kicking off the series is a free outdoor movie-screening of “ILO ILO” and “The Reunion Dinner” by award-winning Singapore director Anthony Chen on 17 January. Over the 18-19 January weekend, look out for the melodic performance of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra; Chinese opera by the Chinese Theatre Circle; and dragon and lion dance by the Taman Jurong CC Juboon Dragon & Lion Dance Troupe.
For those keen to learn more about plants in the Gardens’ cooled conservatories, there is a new “Flower Remedies” garden trail map which highlights the significance, uses and benefits of chrysanthemums and camellias, and a new “Fancy a Spot of Tea?” activity sheet which offers fascinating tea-related facts and fun things for the whole family to do.
For reunion dinners and get-togethers, the Gardens’ Chinese restaurants – Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant and Peach Garden Noodle House – are offering festive menus and goodies till the last day of the Lunar New Year.
For more details, please refer to our Calendar of Events.
Gardens by the Bay welcomes 2014 with one of attractions industry's greatest honours
Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay has been selected as one of 13 recipients of the international Thea Awards, alongside other attractions such as Walt Disney World Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan.
Regarded as the Oscars of the attractions industry, the Thea Awards is presented by international alliance, Themed Entertainment Association. This year, Gardens by the Bay will be receiving the award at the 20th Annual Thea Awards Gala on 5 April in California, USA.
“Gardens by the Bay has been fortunate in receiving a number of local and international awards including World Building of the Year 2012, and more recently, the Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism award and President's Design Award 2013 in Singapore, as well as the RIBA Lubetkin Prize in the United Kingdom for best new international building of 2013. While most of the awards we have garnered so far relate to design, architecture and engineering, the Thea Award honours creative excellence in the attractions and entertainment arena. It is a wonderful recognition of the team’s hard work, since opening in June 2012, in making every visit to the Gardens a delightful experience for our visitors,” said Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay.
“This award is especially befitting as we kick off 2014 with a new theme for the year’s series of floral displays – ‘Gardens by the Bay Goes around the World’. After all, our aspiration has been to bring a world of plants to Singapore, and in doing so, present Singapore to the world,” added Dr Tan. “This year will be an exciting one with the opening of the Far East Organization Children's Garden and the Sun Pavilion, as well as the co-organising of the Singapore Garden Festival with the National Parks Board for the first time at Gardens by the Bay.”
Dr Tan will be presenting Gardens by the Bay as a case study at an attractions industry forum on 4 April and receiving the Thea Award on 5 April at the Disneyland Resort in California, USA.
Gardens by the Bay enchants with "Christmas Sugar Mountain"
Pineapples, strawberries, tomatoes and capsicums are among the ‘stars’ this festive season at Gardens by the Bay!
From today to 5 January 2014, the Gardens’ signature floral display in the Flower Dome will feature a whimsical creation using edible plants like vegetables and fruits. Titled “Christmas Sugar Mountain”, the display is a first-time collaboration between Gardens by the Bay and international landscape designer, Kazuyuki Ishihara, a multiple gold medallist at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
"Christmas is the perfect time for family and friends to bond and reconnect. This year, we are pleased to collaborate with award-winning landscape designer Kazuyuki Ishihara, whose expressive and artful approach to floral design will create an enchanting experience for one and all. To complement this delightful display and to celebrate the festive season, the Gardens will also host a series of activities to keep visitors entertained and bring the year to a sweet end," says Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay.
The “Christmas Sugar Mountain” floral display within the Flower Dome features over 5,000 plants including some 4,000 edible plants like lettuce, cabbage, eggplant, okra and chilli. It took over 30 staff from the Gardens and Ishihara’s team more than 80 hours to put the display together as most of the work could only be carried out at night after closing time.
Super Christmas Trees, Vegetable Bonsai & More!
Adding to the festivities, three of the iconic Supertrees near the main entrance to the Gardens will be dressed up as giant Christmas trees, adorned with some 350 ornaments in the shape of cupcakes, gingerbread confection and candy canes, and illuminated with 1,250 metres of fairy lights at night.
Another highlight will be a special "Vegetable Bonsai" demonstration by Kazuyuki Ishihara, who will be returning to the Gardens on 22 December to demonstrate how to create a miniature landscapes with vegetables!
Other exciting events and activities lined up for December include"Children's Festival at the Gardens" with colourful crafts and entertaining performances.
For more details, please refer to our Calendar of Events.
Gardens by the Bay in a snapshot
This year, Gardens by the Bay witnessed an exciting calendar with significant milestones and events, colourful floral displays, and distinguished awards and accolades.
Highlights of 2013
A Rewarding Year
Following last year’s conferment of “World Building of the Year”, Gardens by the Bay continued to be recognised this year with a series of awards and accolades.
On the global front, some of the awards received include the prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects, and two awards at the International Architecture Awards 2013 jointly presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Closer to home, the Gardens received the Green Mark for Parks from the Building and Construction Authority; made notable Gold achievements at the LIAS Awards of Excellence by Landscape Industry Association (Singapore); marked its ground at the 13th SIA Architectural Design Awards by Singapore Institute of Architects; and received a special award at the Skyrise Greenery Awards by National Parks Board. The Singapore Tourism Board also gave special recognition to the Gardens for “Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism” at this year’s Singapore Experience Awards.
Looking Ahead to 2014
As a living entity, Gardens by the Bay will continue to grow and evolve. Some of the exciting things to look out for in next year include:
Gardens by the Bay celebrates Deepavali
From today to 10 November, Gardens by the Bay will see the Flower Dome transformed into a colourful floral tapestry as we celebrate Deepavali – the Festival of Lights!
Inspired by the traditional Indian decorative art kolam, the Deepavali themed floral display features Indian fabric lanterns sitting on a bed of vivid purple and orange flora, made up of flowers like Amaranths, Cone Flowers and Cockscombs, while lamps and carved wooden elephants add to the festive ambience.
This kaleidoscopic display of tradition, colours and lights will bring a befitting close to the “Celebrations!” series of floral displays at the Gardens.
In celebration of Deepavali, there will also be a 15% discount on admission tickets to the conservatories from 1 to 3 November 2013.
On 26 and 27 October, keep an eye out for Celebrating Cultures: The Kathakali Performance, an array of painted faces, sophisticated hand gestures and elaborate costumes accompanied by a “live” ensemble of percussion music and classical singing.
On 2 and 3 November, go on a journey of discovery at the Gardens withYou Light Up My Life, a themed activity to educate about the significance of Deepavali, where visitors can try their hand at decorating little lamps specially for the occasion.
DEEPAVALI TICKETING PROMOTION
15% discount on admission tickets to Conservatories from 1 to 3 November 2013.
Terms & Conditions -
1. Discount is applicable on the prevailing Standard and Local Resident admission rates only.
2. Applies to tickets purchased at on-site Ticketing Counters only.
3. Limited to 4 discounted tickets (mixture of adult and child) per transaction.
4. Offer does not include OCBC Skyway and Garden Cruiser.
5. Child admission ticket is valid for children aged between 3 to 12 years old.
6. No claims will be entertained for any lost, torn, defaced or expired tickets.
7. Admission ticket purchased is not refundable or exchangeable for cash and is only valid for the day of entry.
8. Discount not valid with any other offers/promotions.
9. Discount is not valid for Friends of the Garden Individual and Family Annual Pass.
CELEBRATING CULTURES: THE KATHAKALI PERFORMANCE
Celebrate Deepavali with a Kathakali performance accompanied by a ‘live’ ensemble of percussion music and classical singing. Be captivated by the animated eye movements, painted faces, sophisticated hand gestures and elaborate costumes creatively used to portray animals and plants.
Date: Saturday, 26 & Sunday, 27 October
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: Supertree Grove
Programme Charge: Free
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
This November, go on a journey of discovery at the Gardens, with special themed tours, craft workshops, and other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! Learn the significance of Deepavali and some of the associated customs as you celebrate the Festival of Lights with your family at the Gardens. Then, try your hand at decorating your own little lamp specially for this occasion.
Date: Saturday, 2 November & Sunday, 3 November
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Location: Flower Dome (South American Garden and Mediterranean Garden)
Details: Programme charge is free but admission charge to the conservatories applies. Spaces are limited and based on a first-come-first-served basis
First successful hybrid of "Corpse Flower" blooms at Gardens by the Bay
Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’ now on display in the “Cloud Forest” conservatory for a limited period
Today marks the fascinating flowering of Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’ – the first successful hybrid of the Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum).
Named in honour of Singaporean Mr John Tan Jiew Hoe for his generous support of the Amorphophallus hybridisation programme, theAmorphophallus ‘John Tan’ is a cross between the Amorphophallus titanum and the Amorphophallus variabilis. It is known to grow at a rate of about 9 cm per day and its flowering is unpredictable.
The hybrid at Gardens by the Bay – a first in Singapore – measured 205 cm at time of flowering. Donated by Mr John Tan, it is currently on display in the “Cloud Forest” cooled conservatory and its flower is estimated to last for about 2 days only.
More on the Amorphophallus:
Gardens by the Bay celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival
Mid-Autumn Festival comes alive at the Gardens with a vibrant flower field, dazzling lanterns, extended admission hours & festive promotions!
Starting today, the Mid-Autumn Festival line-up transforms Gardens by the Bay into a magical display of light and colour, bringing the Gardens to life with an enchanting display of lanterns and flowers!
The new Mid-Autumn themed floral display in the Flower Dome features three striking dragonfly lanterns perched amidst a field of vibrant flora such as "lantern flowers" like Begonias and autumn-blooms like Chrysanthemums, Astilbes and Celosias, while Chinese lanterns add to the festive ambience and traditional paper cut-outs illustrate the myths and legends behind this festival.
In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, there will be an extension of operating hours and a 15% discount on admission tickets to the conservatories from 13 to 22 September 2013.
From 13 to 22 September, keep an eye out too for Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens 2013, with a colourful display of hand-crafted lanterns in the outdoor gardens and The Meadow, exciting stage performances, competitions, and activities where proceeds will go to the President’s Challenge 2013.
Visitors will also get a chance to win Gardens by the Bay memorabilia gift packages worth $50 in our Snap & Win! Contest, when they upload photos of the Mid-Autumn celebrations at Gardens by the Bay on their Instagram account.
Dining outlets such as Peach Garden Noodle House and Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant are also running mooncake promotions exclusively for selected credit cards till 19 September.
MID-AUTUMN TICKETING PROMOTION
15% discount on admission tickets to Conservatories from 13 to 22 September 2013.
Terms & Condition -
EXTENDED ADMISSION HOURS
Operating hours for the two conservatories and OCBC Skyway will be extended to 11pm from 13 to 22 September. Operating hours for selected F&B outlets in the Gardens will also be extended during this period.
Date: Friday, 13 September - Sunday, 22 September
Time: 9am to 11pm
Location: Cooled Conservatories and OCBC Skyway
SNAP & WIN
Come down to Gardens by the Bay from 13 to 22 September 2013 and share photos of the Mid-Autumn celebrations with us! It could be the elaborately crafted lantern sets displayed around the Gardens, the Mid-Autumn themed floral display in the Flower Dome, or the exciting performances and delicious food at The Meadow.
Add an interesting caption to your photos and upload onto your Instagram account with the following hashtags - #midautumnatgb & #gardensbythebay.
3 lucky winners will each win a Gardens by the Bay memorabilia gift package worth $50!
Winners will be announced on @gardensbythebay & Facebook page
MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL @ THE GARDENS 2013
Jointly organised by the Chinese Newspapers Division of Singapore Press Holdings, People's Association and Gardens by the Bay, Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens 2013 comprises a series of lantern displays, performances and activities featuring talent search competition, photography competition, lantern-making exhibitions, Chinese chess competition, lantern riddles and fitness challenge, and various displays of Chinese art forms.
Several fundraising activities will also be held during the celebrations, with proceeds going to President’s Challenge 2013. These include releasing water lanterns and sky lanterns, as well as a one-day Family Fun Walk.
Themed Lantern Exhibitions
Check out themed lantern exhibitions such as Jurassic Park, World of Fairy Tales and lots more in various locations in Gardens by the Bay.
Asian Food Street & Handicraft Stalls
Try different types of delicacies from China, Taiwan and Singapore, and purchase intricate Chinese handicrafts from the variety of stalls!
Creative Lantern-making Exhibition
This creative lantern-making exhibition will see a display of the most elaborate and creative of lanterns submitted by contestants.
Performances by China Hainan Provincial Committee
The China Hainan Provincial Committee will grace the event to showcase the region’s specialties and celebrate the festival through dance, music, food and handicrafts.
Date: Friday, 13 September – Sunday, 22 September
Time: 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 3pm – 11pm (Sat – Sun)
Location: Bay South Gardens
Programme Charge: Free admission
PEACH GARDEN NOODLE HOUSE
Enjoy Mid-Autumn mooncakes with credit card discounts at Peach Garden Noodle House. Get a 15% discount on a 4-piece box and above from 1 to 19 September. A special credit card discount applies for 4-piece traditional mooncake combination by selected banks.
Date: Till 19 September
Location: Peach Garden Noodle House
MAJESTIC BAY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Celebrate Mid-Autumn with traditional mooncakes by the Majestic Culinary Team. Citibank credit and debit card members enjoy a 15% discount till 19 September.
Date: Till 19 September
Location: Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant
Gardens by the Bay - a garden of multi-cultural celebrations
This August to November, Gardens by the Bay celebrates National Day and the festivals of Hari Raya, Mid-Autumn Festival and Deepavali with a series of changing floral displays in the Flower Dome themed “Celebrations!”.
Hari Raya & National Day
Starting today, “Celebrations!” kicks off with a red-and-white Hari Raya themed floral display which also ties in with National Day. The floral display not only showcases a variety of flora such as orchids, roses and begonias, but also features the five stars of the national flag. Complementing the display are traditional Malay celebratory ornaments such as the Bunga Telur and Bunga Manggar. Of the flowers featured in the display, the orchids are commonly associated with Singapore while roses have traditionally been used by the Malay community in combination with Pandan leaves and other fragrant flowers to make Bunga Rampai, an aromatic confetti given out during times of celebration.
In conjunction with Singapore’s 48th National Day and Hari Raya celebrations, local residents will enjoy a $4.80 discount on local admission tickets to the cooled conservatories from 7 to 11 August.
Also on the calendar in August is the fortnightly Garden Series, which is collaborating with several local schools this month to put up a series of free performances in the Gardens over two weekends.
Come September, the flower field will undergo another change in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, also commonly known as Lantern Festival. This time round, flowers and lanterns will take centre stage, with “lantern flowers” like Fuchsias and Abutilons sitting alongside autumn-blooms such as Chrysanthemums and Goldenrods.
From mid-October to early November, the Gardens will celebrate Deepavali with a floral display inspired by the colourful kolam, a traditional Indian decorative art. Vibrant colours of purple and orange from flowers like Amaranths, Cone Flowers and Cockscombs will be complemented by Indian fabric lanterns, lamps and carved wooden elephants, bringing “Celebrations!” to a befitting close with a floral tapestry of colour!
For more updates on “Celebrations!” and other programmes and promotions at the Gardens, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.
Gardens by the Bay celebrates first anniversary with "Gardens Party One"
Gardens by the Bay kicked off its first anniversary celebrations this evening with “Gardens Party One”, an event which saw thousands converge on the sprawling grass lawn of The Meadow for a mass picnic under the stars, special performances by local artistes Kit Chan, Taufik Batisah, Li Feihui, Jack & Rai, and contestants from “The Final 1”, and an open-air pasar malam (night market) with food and games galore.
The event was graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Adviser to Telok Blangah GROs, Minister for Trade and Industry, and hosted by Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development.
A Garden of Celebration
In conjunction with Gardens by the Bay’s first anniversary, West Coast GRC and Pioneer Constituency Grassroots Organisations organised their Family Day Celebration for residents to come together to have fun and bond with their family and the community.
Mr Cedric Foo, Adviser to Pioneer GROs, Mr Arthur Fong, Adviser to Clementi GROs, and Ms Foo Mee Har, Adviser to Ayer Rajah GROs joined participants at the event.
Also soaking up the celebrative atmosphere was 17-year-old Singaporean student Harlynna Bte Rahmat who became the Gardens’ five-millionth visitor on 24 June, when she arrived with her mother, Madam Harlynda, and brother Razaliff and was surprised by Gardens staff with a gift hamper.
An excited Harlynna recalled, “I had never been to Gardens by the Bay and had thought to bring my mum and brother to walk around and see the beautiful scenery and the domes. It was really an unexpected surprise to be told that I was the five-millionth visitor!"
Earlier this afternoon, Harlynna and her family were treated to a private guided tour as part of a special “Gardens Experience” which included a F&B voucher to dine at Satay by the Bay, a complimentary one-year “Friends of the Gardens” membership, and limited-edition Gardens by the Bay first anniversary commemorative T-shirts. Harlynna was also presented with a gift of a Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone by Minister Khaw during “Gardens Party One”.
A Garden for the Community
Since opening on 29 June 2012, Gardens by the Bay has quickly established itself as an international icon and a must-see attraction. The Gardens received its one-millionth visitor less than two months after opening. In the past year, it has won accolades both locally and around the world. The BBC lauded the Gardens as “a living wonder”, Fodors described it as the “Central Park of Asia”, while The Sydney Morning Herald called it “Avatar in real life”. The Gardens scored an architectural coup when it won the prestigious World Building of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival 2012 for its revolutionary energy-sustainable cooled conservatories.
Despite the worldwide acclaim, Gardens by the Bay remains first and foremost a People’s Garden.
“We are delighted to have grown Gardens by the Bay from the ground up to become a popular green space in the city for people from all walks of life. To welcome five million visitors just before our first anniversary is a great encouragement to the team, and we look forward to being a special place for more people to build their memories for years to come,” said Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay.
“Some of the community initiatives that we have launched in our first year include the “Gift of Gardens”, which provides an opportunity for beneficiaries from charities to experience the wonders of nature, and “GB Ambassadors”, a school engagement and outreach programme. We are also fortunate to have the support of a dedicated group of volunteers and partners who have contributed greatly to the growth of the Gardens. Today’s event is really for all to celebrate the first birthday of their garden,” Dr Tan added.
Among those who came for “Gardens Party One” were some 8,000 residents from West Coast GRC and Pioneer Constituency. The residents played cultural and traditional games which were staged to reinforce the importance of making new friends, understanding each other and establishing trust across different segments of the community. This is the essence of the Community Engagement Programme.
Mr Steven Lim, BBM, Chairman of Telok Blangah Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC) said, “We hold a Family Day Celebration every year for residents to participate in activities together with their family members, and for them to use this platform to get to know their neighbours better. This year, we are happy to partner Gardens by the Bay to co-organise this big celebration. Many of our residents had a great time today as they were able to spend quality family time and have fun together. I believe that a family who plays together stays together, and a nation that bonds together remains resilient. “
West Coast GRC and Pioneer Constituency residents and new immigrants, together with volunteers from The Everyday Revolution (TEF), a non-profit organisation that works with special needs artists, created artworks which were sold on the spot to help children with autism. This meaningful initiative gave local Singaporeans and new immigrants an opportunity to work together for a common social cause which also strengthened their friendship.
A Garden of Diversity
Another important accomplishment that Gardens by the Bay has achieved is the preservation of the rich botanical heritage of Singapore and the region. While the cooled conservatories are botanical arks that showcase some of the rarer species of the plant kingdom, and the Supertrees take vertical gardens to a new level, the outdoor gardens are a horticultural mosaic that celebrates biodiversity and multiculturalism.
The Gardens is home to a number of mature trees transplanted from various parts of Singapore, such as Ficus trees from Bishan which are now a focal point in the Indian Garden, Frangipani trees from Bidadari Cemetery which now flourish in the Colonial Garden, and Cannonball trees from Upper Cross Street which are now used to tell the story of fruits and flowers in The World of Plants section of the Gardens. Given the diversity of plants, the Gardens has also provided habitats for a variety of birds, butterflies and dragonflies.
Gardens by the Bay, in a sense, can be seen as a botanical version of the microcosm of multiculturalism that is Singapore. In the past one year, a number of plants that have established in the Gardens have also gone on to be propagated and planted in other parts of the island.
"Flight of Fancy" takes off at Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay kicks off the June holidays with a brand-new thematic floral display in the cooled conservatories! This is the first time that the changing display, which typically takes place in the "Flower Dome" conservatory, will extend to the "Cloud Forest" conservatory.
Entitled “Flight of Fancy”, the colourful display – complete with miniature hot air balloons, airplanes and kites, and dotted with intriguing flight-related facts – will open up the minds of many and bring the entire family on a fun-filled and educational journey of discovery. Find out – Are bats really blind? What plants are pollinated by bats? How do seeds disperse by wind? Which was invented first – the hot air balloon or the airplane? “Flight of Fancy” will be on display from 3 June to 21 July.
In conjunction with the June holidays, kids will also enjoy 50% discount on Local Resident Child Tickets to the cooled conservatories from 1 to 28 June. Now daddies and mummies can take the opportunity for some parent-child bonding and fun learning during the school break!
A series of activities has also been planned in conjunction with Gardens by the Bay’s upcoming 1st anniversary – pack your picnic mats and spend quality time with your family and friends at the “Gardens Party One” on 29 June; watch the Supertrees transform before your eyes in “Mystical Supertrees” from 30 June to 7 July; enjoy free activities for kids such as the “GB Kids’ Blast” and “Blow Wind Blow”; and more!
Singapore's largest tulip display blooms at Gardens by the Bay
Visitors to Gardens by the Bay are in for a treat this 29 April to 20 May as the flower field within the Flower Dome cooled conservatory transforms into the largest tulip display in Singapore. The celebration of tulips at the Gardens will see an impressive 40,000 tulip bulbs flown in from the Netherlands to Singapore, courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the official sponsor for Tulipmania.
Tulipmania will be a three-week event organised by the Gardens to bring people closer to the wonders of nature. A highlight of the event will be the captivating floral display which will feature some 20,000 tulip bulbs in a myriad of colours including red, pink, yellow, white and purple, along with other beautiful spring blooms such as lilies, hyacinths, daffodils and muscari. Complementing the floral display will be five miniature windmills and giant wooden clogs placed inside and outside the Flower Dome.
In conjunction with Tulipmania, a host of activities has also been planned for the young and old - discover interesting facts about tulips with the fun-filled Tulipmania Acivity Sheet; delight someone with a handmade tulip clip; enjoy cultural activities like Dutch cheese tasting and music; create a tulip postcard and mail it to an old friend; or celebrate Mother's Day with a bouquet of fresh-cut tulips. There are also special promotions including a 15% discount on admission into the cooled conservatories during Mother's Day weekend (10-12 May), and a chance to win a pair of tickets to Keukenhof, Holland, in 2014.
"Tulipmania takes visitors on a botanical journey into the world of tulips, right here in the tropics. Not only are we creating the largest tulip display in Singapore, we are doing so by engaging the community," said Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay.
More than 100 volunteers, comprising individuals as well as representatives from Temasek Junior College, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Netherlands Charity Associatation, will be lending a hand with the tulip planting. Tulipmania is also made possible with support from a number of partners including Fairprice Xtra, Toll Logistics, Dutch Link, Hollandse Club, Hollandse School, and MA Art Therapy students from LASELLE College of the Arts.
Gardens by the Bay partners Girl Guides Singapore for "GB Ambassadors", a new school engagement & outreach programme
Today, more than 9,000 members of the Girl Guides Singapore (GGS) and their families celebrated World Thinking Day and participated in two new Garden Trails that were jointly developed by GGS and Gardens by the Bay as part of the new “GB Ambassadors” programme.
“GB Ambassadors” is a new school engagement and outreach programme of Gardens by the Bay, with GGS as its inaugural partner. To commemorate the launch of the programme as well as the partnership between GGS and the Gardens, a tree was planted by Mrs Mary Tan, Patron of GGS, at the Gardens’ Fragile Forest.
As part of the programme, Girl Guides and Brownies will have the opportunity to be involved in different projects at the Gardens, from guiding, to facilitating programmes, to assisting in the Gardens’ operations. For a start, 50 Girl Guides from Bedok South Secondary School, Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, Changkat Changi Secondary School, Jurong Secondary School and Yishun Town Secondary School have been trained as Garden Guides to facilitate the two new Garden Trails. The trails – “Nature and Me” for primary school students and “Experiencing Nature” for secondary school students – consist of a series of fun and educational activities that encourage children and youth to explore the Gardens and discover its diversity of flora and fauna.
Moving forward, GGS and Gardens by the Bay will continue to collaborate on various projects, including expanding the series of Garden Trails for use by schools and the public, and looking into the content development for a new “GB Proficiency Badge” for Girl Guides and Brownies.
The partnership is part of GGS’ and the Gardens’ efforts to engage the young and to encourage them to play a active role in Singapore’s natural heritage. It is also in line with the Ministry of Education’s 21st Century Competencies, which seek to develop students to become independent learners, concerned citizens, active contributors and confident individuals.
Mrs Chua Yen Ching, Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides Singapore: “The theme for World Thinking Day 2013 is “Forging Family Ties” and this celebration is unique in that the girls are celebrating it with their family members in this beautiful Gardens. The Garden Trails help strengthen the bond between the parents and girls. Quality relationship is essential in building strong foundation of the family unit and I am sure this will be a memorable event for everyone.”
Mrs Joy Balakrishnan, President of Girl Guides Singapore: “This is an important and strategic partnership with Gardens by the Bay - for the girls to have access to the Gardens for learning beyond school and for GGS to share our expertise in developing the materials for learning. In GGS, we remain committed to the mission to enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.”
Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Children have a way of seeing things differently and the new Garden Trails will give young people a whole new perspective of looking at the Gardens. Our GB Ambassadors programme is an opportunity for the Gardens to engage the young and to nurture among them a love for nature and biodiversity, while developing leadership skills and a sense of responsibility towards the community. We are delighted to have GGS as our inaugural partner in this programme.”
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand donates lychee tree to Gardens by the Bay
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand, accompanied by Singapore’s Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan, officiated a planting ceremony this morning to commemorate her donation of lychee tree saplings to the Gardens by the Bay.
Her Royal Highness donated the saplings following her inaugural visit to the Gardens last July. A special variety of Litchi chinensis, the gift signifies the warm relationship between Thailand and Singapore. It will add to the diverse plant collection of the Gardens and can be viewed at the Chinese Garden. Though known to typically flourish under cooler tropical conditions, the saplings managed to flower in time for the ceremony today.
Gardens by the Bay welcomes new addition to family of sculptures with unveiling of Planet by international artist Marc Quinn
Gardens by the Bay unveiled the impressive sculpture, Planet, by internationally acclaimed artist Marc Quinn in a ceremony this evening. Donated for permanent display at the Gardens by Mr and Mrs Putra Masagung, the sculpture 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.
Located at The Meadow, Planet is one of Marc Quinn’s most important works. The sculpture, which is a depiction of the artist’s infant son, appears to float above the ground and is a technical tour-de-force. It has been shown internationally to great acclaim in the Beyond Limitsexhibition of contemporary sculpture at Chatsworth House in 2008, and in the exhibition The Littoral Zone at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco in 2012.
“To me, Planet is a paradox – hugely heavy, yet the bronze appears weightless; overwhelmingly big, yet also an image of vulnerability. It is both a reflection of ourselves and the earth upon which we live,” said Quinn.
Planet forms the newest addition to the over 40 artworks nestled among the horticultural splendour of Gardens by the Bay. It is also set to become a prominent landmark to the Gardens’ new city gateway, which connects the Gardens to the Bayfront MRT Station and provides greater access to the Marina Bay downtown.
The donation of Planet as well as an additional sponsorship of S$2m for the development and landscaping of the area where the sculpture is displayed are made possible by the generous contribution of Mr and Mrs Masagung.
Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “Gardens by the Bay is home to a diverse collection of sculptures that complements the beauty of our plants and adds a new dimension to the landscape. Planet marks the latest step in our efforts to continuously enhance our Gardens’ offerings for the enjoyment of all. It is also our hope that the sculptures in the Gardens will engage and inspire visitors towards an appreciation of art and culture.”
Spring blooms at Gardens by the Bay 花悦滨海喜迎春
Celebrate Spring at Gardens by the Bay with a variety of festivities starting from end-January and through the month of February!
To usher in the Year of the Snake, the entire Gardens will be decked out in elements of Lunar New Year, with some 11,888 festive blooms, 3-metre-long snake topiaries made up of kumquat (citrus) plants, and an extensive display of giant lanterns spanning about half a kilometre from the Visitor Centre to the Flower Dome.
Within the Flower Dome, visitors can look forward to yet another stunning transformation of the flower field. The “Spring Celebrations” floral display will feature some 8,000 colourful blooms including peonies, camellias, cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, orchids, dahlias, azaleas, and more than 8 varieties of kumquat plants such as the Giant Golden Citrus and Buddha’s Hand Citrus. Making their appearance too in the floral display will be a selection of penjing (bonsai) up to 200 years old, as well as oriental pavilions nestled amidst the festive flora.
Complementing the horticultural showcase will be a series of exciting programmes including multi-disciplinary performances like Chinese opera, music and dance infused with martial arts; craft activities like creating Lunar New Year origami ornaments and paper lanterns; guided tours highlighting auspicious plants; and an exhibition on the origins and customs of the Lunar New Year.
For a prosperous start to the Lunar New Year, limited edition of the Gardens by the Bay hongbao (red packets) will be given away to visitors who spend a minimum of S$28 in a single receipt at our ticketing counters or retail shops (while stocks last!). What’s more, just for the 15 days of the Lunar New Year, local residents pay only 88% for tickets to the conservatories!
Local charities receive the "Gift of Gardens"
Gardens by the Bay today launched the “Gift of Gardens”, a new community outreach programme for disadvantaged children, youth, families and the elderly. Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, officially launched the programme, accompanied by children from the Down Syndrome Association (Singapore).
“Gift of Gardens” brings together people from different walks of life to experience Singapore’s latest national garden and benefit from the therapeutic effects that nature has to offer. Beneficiaries will enjoy a visit that is tailored to their needs. This may include transport, manpower support, logistical arrangements, meals, and guided tours.
Gardens by the Bay aims to work in partnership with sponsors to reach out to 1,000 beneficiaries from various welfare organisations each year. The APEX Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly, Down Singapore Association (Singapore), Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), and Shaw-NKF-NUH Children’s Kidney Centre are among the first to benefit from the programme, which has raised S$218,000 so far from contributions by individual and corporate sponsors including Mrs Lucy Yeo and Tuas Power.
Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “The Gift of Gardens is an integral part of our efforts to make the Gardens one that people from all walks of life can enjoy and call their own. We welcome more sponsors to come forward and join us in reaching out to the community. It is our hope that these visits will not only enhance the well-being of beneficiaries, but also encourage social interaction and community bonding.”
Individuals and organisations who are keen to participate in the “Gift of Gardens” programme can email to email@example.com.
Festivities Abloom at Gardens by the Bay
A floral "Winter Wonderland", a new Supertree light & sound show, and performances by Jennifer Lopez, Jack & Rai, and more!
Celebrate the festive season at Gardens by the Bay with a host of exciting programmes in December 2012 and January 2013.
The Flower Dome transforms into a Winter Wonderland from 8 December when some 2,000 poinsettias in striking hues of red, pink and white and a grand Noble Fir take centre-stage in the 850-square-metre Flower Field. Spot the adorable penguins and polar bears frolicking in the field as Santa and his little helpers finish wrapping the last presents in the workshop!
A diversity of plant life from around the world is also waiting to be discovered at the Gardens. To help you along, there is a series of self-guided tours and trails, including two new interactive maps for young explorers. Find out more about the Christmas tree in “The A-maze-ing Conifer Trail” (recommended for kids aged 7 to 9 years), or embark on a fun exploration with the Gardens’ Bear Botanist in “The Wonderful Map of Wise Wyatt” (recommended for kids aged 4 to 6 years).
A Christmas light-up with a difference! From 8 December, the Supertree Grove rings in the festive season with a new instalment of the “OCBC Garden Rhapsody”. Themed “The Trees of Life”, this 10-minute light and sound show is the second part of a trilogy that celebrates the harmonious relationship between the people and the Gardens. Immerse in the music of nature – composed using recordings of sounds made by trees and plants at the Gardens – while the changing colours of light silhouette the spectacular structure of the Supertrees against the evening sky.
Adding to the festivities are music performances by popular local and international artistes. Superstar Jennifer Lopez performs on 4 December as part of her “Dance Again World Tour 2012”. From 14 to 16 December, local musicians including Jack & Rai, The Main Wayang Company, Sri Warisan Performing Arts, Ukelele Movement and DJ KoFlow join in the Gardens’ celebrations. The year ends on a melodious note with choral performances and Christmas carols in the last two weekends of December. And come 2013, indie rock event, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, plays at Gardens by the Bay on 26 January.
‘Tis the season of giving and indulging – and the myriad of dining and retail outlets at the Gardens give visitors more reason to celebrate. Foodies can look forward to a variety of festive offerings and new menus, from traditional Christmas favourites like log cakes, gingerbread and roast turkey, to Asian delights like dim sum. Meanwhile, the Gardens’ gift shops offer unique creations such as Gardens-inspired costume jewellery, glitter globes featuring the iconic structures of the Gardens, aromatic candles, durian and sesame flavoured chocolate, and flower, herb and spice teas.
Far East Organization pledges $10 million to develop children’s garden at Gardens by the Bay
Far East Organization has pledged $10 million for the development of a dedicated Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay. Plans to transform a one hectare (or 10,000 square metres) terrain adjacent to the Cloud Forest of Gardens by the Bay into a state-of-the-art play area were unveiled today at an event graced by Minister for National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan to mark the partnership.
Held in conjunction with Children’s Day celebrations, 100 children from Far East Organization’s beneficiaries – Singapore Children's Society, Club Rainbow, Jamiyah Singapore, Society for the Physically Disabled and the Down Syndrome Association Singapore – were also invited to attend this special event, which included a guided tour of the Gardens during an afternoon of fun and exploration. Each beneficiary also received a donation of $50,000 from Far East Organization as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme.
Slated to open in the second quarter of 2013, the Far East Organization Children’s Garden is the Group’s latest endeavour in supporting community projects that are in line with its aspiration of inspiring better lives. The $10 million donation will go towards the design, landscaping, development of infrastructure, and the provision of play equipment and programmes.
Far East Organization’s vision for the Children’s Garden is to create a multi-dimensional space that would inspire children of all ages to foster an understanding of the environment and appreciate the value of conservation and sustainability. The Children’s Garden would also allow children and their families to spend quality time together in a safe and beautiful environment.
The highly anticipated nature-themed play area will feature undulating river scapes, lush greenery, a special toddler’s play zone, Rainforest tree houses and a water play experience utilising modern water play technology to create an interactive landscape of water tunnel and spouts amongst others. ‘Programmable spaces’ will also be interspersed to encourage ‘lessons in the garden’.
Autumn galore with pumpkins and more at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay welcomes a season of plenty as the Flower Field in the Flower Dome transforms with splashes of orange, yellow and red in its latest Autumn Harvest display. The rich colours of gold and warm shades of amber are reminiscent of a time of bounty.
The 850 square metres (sq m) Flower Field will see 18,000 blooms being used for the Autumn Harvest display. The new display includes blooms such as Sunflowers, Marigolds, Lavenders, Heucheras, Calla Lilies, Tomatoes, Kales and Chrysanthemums. The plants were chosen for their blazing colours or harvest season forms evocative of autumn.
Pumpkins, which traditionally ripen in the autumn, take centrestage in the display. The centrepiece pumpkins, specially flown in from Oregon, USA, have a combined weight of 1 tonne! Approximately 1,500 pumpkins of varying weight and more than ten varieties were used for the Autumn Harvest display. Spot the unusual green marbled pumpkins, white miniature pumpkins and other exotic shaped gourds among the vibrant orange showstoppers.
Chrysanthemums are not typically seen in bloom in Singapore this time of the year. Those selected for this display were first cultivated in China where they still retain great cultural significance, and come in vibrant purple, yellow and burnt orange hues.
Other plants like Marigolds and Zinnias put on one last burst of flowers before the chill of winter forces them into dormancy, while the Sunflowers ripen seed full. A profusion of crops dots the landscape with the end of summer being the time for harvesting wheat, barley, cabbages and lavender. Even the humble corn is interpreted with a range of rich, warm tones.
The new display also features a scarecrow, wooden wheelbarrows, hay, and a cornucopia - also known as the horn of plenty - overflowing with flowers, fruit, wheat and corn. Look out for adorable rabbits created from hay tending to this garden of abundance! Together with the warm, earthy hues of the flora, Autumn Harvest is a unique, visual feast for all, on display till the end of November.
The Flower Field will continue to change and evolve throughout the year to reflect different seasons and festivals.
Gardens by the Bay welcomes its millionth visitor
Gardens by the Bay welcomed its millionth visitor this evening, slightly more than a month and half since its official opening on 29 June 2012. Minister for National Development, Mr. Khaw Boon Wan presented the millionth visitor an annual family pass and a gift hamper from Gardens by the Bay.
“We had set out to create a garden in our city for all Singaporeans to cherish and own. We are therefore heartened by the overwhelming response from Singaporeans and will continue in our efforts to make Gardens by the Bay a People’s Garden.” said Mrs Theresa Foo, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gardens by the Bay.
Since its opening, Singaporeans from all walks of life have spent their leisure time at the Gardens, which is free to the public. Singaporeans make up 75% of the visitors going into the Conservatories. Other than the Conservatories and SuperTrees, Dragonfly Lake, the Heritage Gardens and the World of Plants are also popular with the public.
Visitors have provided feedback to the Gardens as well. Many were positive comments such as “the Gardens is beautiful, filled with flowers not seen before”, “you’ve combined nature and man-made nature very well” and “the Gardens has made me very proud to be Singaporean”.
Other feedback were on areas for improvement in the Gardens. This is constantly looked into to enhance the visitor’s experience in the Gardens. Some of the improvements being implemented include better lighting and more directional signs around the Gardens.
Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “We are extremely encouraged by the support shown to us by all our visitors, especially in the first six weeks of our opening. As the Gardens continues to grow with the people of Singapore, we will also continue in our endeavour to provide an enjoyable and pleasant visitor experience here at the Gardens.”
OCBC Garden Rhapsody premieres at Supertree Grove
Visitors to Gardens by the Bay were treated to a splendid audio visual display this evening at the premiere of the OCBC Garden Rhapsody. Combining music, lasers, projection media and light artistry, the specially commissioned show will delight visitors at 7:45pm and 8:45pm each evening at the Supertree Grove.
The OCBC Garden Rhapsody is made possible by a partnership between Gardens by the Bay and the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (“OCBC Bank”). OCBC Bank is also the sponsor of the OCBC Skyway at the Supertrees – a breathtaking 128 metre-long aerial walkway, suspended at a height of 22 metres above the ground.
Mr Samuel Tsien, CEO of OCBC Bank shared, “We are honoured to have played a part in the development of such an iconic waterfront gardens project through our sponsorship of the OCBC Skyway and OCBC Garden Rhapsody on the occasion of OCBC’s 80th anniversary this year. It is an occasion that we would like to remember and celebrate as an opportunity to give back to the community we serve. This is the community which has provided us with the foundation of our past growth.”
He added, “The launch of the OCBC Skyway and OCBC Garden Rhapsody this evening marks the culmination of one and a half years’ tireless work by the Gardens by the Bay team and the OCBC team. They have come together to realise a common vision of giving our community new public spaces where we can relax according to our own pace and connect with one another.”
Dr Kiat W. Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay says, “We want to surprise and delight our visitors, and the OCBC Garden Rhapsody is one of the offerings that will not only add to the magic of the Gardens, but also make an indelible impression on the Singapore night sky. It is the second gift to Gardens by the Bay from OCBC Bank and we are glad that OCBC Bank shares our aspirations in transforming Gardens by the Bay into a garden for everyone’s enjoyment. The Gardens welcomes corporations to come onboard as stakeholders of our City in a Garden, to leave a legacy in green for future generations to enjoy.”
The OCBC Garden Rhapsody was conceptualised and produced by Mr Philip Tan, a critically acclaimed music director and composer based in Singapore, and lighting designer Gabriel Chan. It is an exciting poetic trilogy of music and light, which celebrates the harmonious co-existence of Man and the Garden, making these trees come alive. The installation was composed using recordings of the sounds made by the trees and plants at Gardens by the Bay.
The OCBC Garden Rhapsody can either be viewed from a distance or experienced from within the Supertree Grove. Each performance uses 48 independent audio speakers to stream music from every spot and corner of the Grove, resembling ‘live’ musicians performing at various spots. The lights add further to the ambience with changing colours and moving displays that silhouette the spectacular structure of the Supertrees against the dark of the evening sky. Each show will last about 10 minutes and the performances will change every three months based on the musical score composed by Tan.
The OCBC Garden Rhapsody is a twice nightly performance, at 7:45pm and 8:45pm at Gardens by the Bay’s Supertree Grove. The show is free of charge for all to enjoy. Gardens by the Bay charges nominal entrance fees to its main attractions, including the OCBC Skyway. All ticket proceeds will go towards the programmes and upkeep of the Gardens.
The wonder of Gardens by the Bay is unveiled for all to enjoy
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Bay South Garden at Gardens by the Bay this evening, during the opening ceremony held inside the Flower Dome Conservatory. The event was a celebration of the latest milestone in Singapore’s City in a Garden vision. During the event, the Prime Minister, together with more than 700 invited guests, enjoyed a special preview tour of the 54 hectare Bay South Garden.
When the Gardens opens to the public for the first time, tomorrow, 29 June, visitors will be able to experience its unique features such as the vertical gardens of the Supertrees; the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest cooled conservatories; the Heritage Gardens and World of Plants; and the Dragonfly Lake.
In addition, they can look forward to changing floral displays in the Flower Dome, and a series of interpretive media and narratives that bring to life the story of plants. Completing the experience will be a host of lifestyle offerings including dining and retail.
Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, “We are delighted to be able to finally reveal Singapore’s newest national garden to everyone after more than five years of planning and construction. But beyond the ‘wow’ factor, Gardens by the Bay is a place in which families, friends and communities can take time out, relax and create new and lasting memories. Our mission is to create a distinctive People’s Garden that would be cherished and well patronized."
To celebrate the opening of the Bay South Garden, an exciting programme of events spanning two weekends will be held from 29 June to 8 July 2012. The festivities include an array of activities that will appeal to all ages. The events will be held in different parts of the Gardens and include live concerts by Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz and local songbird Corrinne May, a three-day green fair to raise awareness of the environment; roving performances; a photography contest and workshop; storytelling and other activities for kids; and an outdoor movie under the stars.
Gardens by the Bay is open daily from 5am to 2am. Please refer to individual factsheets for more information on Gardens by the Bay and events line-up.
Speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the opening of Gardens by the Bay
Mrs Theresa Foo
Chairman, Gardens by the Bay
Dr Kiat Tan
CEO, Gardens by the Bay
Ladies and Gentlemen
Boys and Girls
I am delighted to join you this evening for the opening of Gardens by the Bay.
Parks and gardens are among my favourite places in Singapore, as I am sure it must be for many of you. As a small child, my parents would regularly take me on outings, for example to the Botanic Gardens, where I would run around, scamper, exercise, climb some trees, have fun. And I still visit the Botanics and the many other parks we now have regularly – to unwind, exercise, enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings and to see many other Singaporeans doing the same. Last week while on leave I had a little bit of time free and I visited the Woodlands Waterfront, and I also took a walk along the rail corridor. One was built by people to make it a garden,the other one is an old railroad track which we are going to make into something beautiful one day.
I know many Singaporeans feel like this too, and I am always happy to see the many families using the parks, and enjoying themselves. In fact, the more developed a city Singapore is, the more important it is for us to have such peaceful, tranquil oases in the midst of our concrete buildings and expressways, in order to strengthen our emotional wellbeing and sense of belonging.
From the beginning, even before Singapore became independent, we sought to build a world-class living environment here through greenery. At first we aimed to be a “Garden City” – parks, reservoirs, Kallang River cleaned up, Singapore River, later cleaned up. Today, more than half of Singapore Island is covered in green; and we have more than 3,000 hectares of nature reserves, which is equal to six and a half Toa Payoh towns. So if you look at Singapore from the air, you do not see a concrete jungle. You see tropical forests, greenery, and you have to identify the roads by where the green trees are, not by where the tarmac can be seen. If you go on a Google or Flickr search and you type in “Singapore Parks”, you get hundreds of thousands of beautiful pictures. Singaporeans enjoy it, and visitors are also unfailingly impressed by how clean and green Singapore is. So Singaporeans, to the best of our ability, and I think we have not done badly, are able to enjoy high-quality living, with many places to enjoy nature.
The next phase from being a “Garden City” is to make ourselves into a “City in a Garden”. It is a play on words, but it means something different, because it means connecting our communities and our places and spaces through parks, gardens, streetscapes and skyrise greenery. And we already have got 3,000 hectares of parks and we are going to add another 900 hectares, another 2 Toa Payoh New Towns, of park land. And we are going to bring the green spaces and the biodiversity closer to our homes and workplaces. Butterflies, birds, all sorts of nteresting flora, fauna; once in a while a wild boar, but not here.
Gardens by the Bay is the latest realisation of our City in a Garden vision. We set aside so much prime land in the heart of the new downtown for Gardens by the Bay. It was not an easy decision. We could easily have used this for far more valuable commercial or residential developments, right in the middle of the new Singapore city. But our planners in URA believed that a large and beautiful park was an important element of our new downtown in Marina Bay South, just like Central Park in New York, or Hyde Park in London, although not quite as big. So Mr Mah Bow Tan, who was then the Minister for National Development, strongly supported this project. He saw value in having Gardens by the Bay right in the city, value beyond enhancing the price of the rest of the land in Marina Bay. Because a Gardens by the Bay would be an icon of the redeveloped Marina Bay and a jewel in the skyline of Singapore city. Because we are building not just a commercial district, with offices where people can work and do business, and earn a living and create prosperity for ourselves, but a new city centre, a place all Singaporeans can be proud of, identify with, and bring to mind when people talk about Singapore.
The Gardens have been in progress for five years. For a garden it is not a long time, some gardens take thirty, fifty years to mature. So we are not completely ripe and ready yet, but it is already quite clear that we made the right decision to build this Gardens by the Bay. The whole development is something special. I went into the other cool house just now, I think they must have planned this, and I looked up at the waterfall and I said, “Wow”. They said, yes, that is what you are supposed to say. But it was spontaneous. Before that, I had gone to the Skyway, on top of the Supertrees, where you can see not only the Gardens, but also the skyline around us, and see how all of the pieces fit in. That you can expect, but to walk into a cool house and see waterfalls, mist, plants which live in mountain climbs, tree ferns, orchids, pitcher plants – all lovingly tendered, flowering, and taken care of, and I hope all to be enjoyed by many, many visitors who will admire and respect them. Look, but please do not take. Because it is really to be shared by all of us. It transports us to another world – of waterfalls, Supertrees, and even of Mediterranean forests, away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore.
It is not just plant-wise beautiful and interesting, also engineering-wise, many “green” innovations in the park to replicate the self-sustaining features of nature. For example we have cooled conservatories, this one is not powered by burning oil or fossil fuel, it is biomass, horticultural waste from around Singapore, transported here, burnt, cools this place. And the lakes around us contain aquatic plants that naturally clean the run-off water in the park before discharging it into the reservoir, which is for drinking, or to irrigate the plants in the Gardens. For now, these are pilot projects, proof of concept, shows that it can be done, but as the technology improves, as the economics become more favourable, as we learn more about how to do this, then there is every potential for implementing it more widely in a green and sustainable Singapore. So these are all the works of many, many people – the architects, the designers, the clients, the engineers, the contractors, who have worked for the last five years. I thank them all, and I think I should also thank the Minister who started this, Mr Mah Bow Tan, who is here with us today. Thank you all very much.
So this Garden is not just a pretty flower to admire from afar, but a “people's garden” for all of us – residents andvisitors – to enjoy every single day. It is a place to relax after work, a place to bring the family to on weekends. It is a place to enjoy a concert or a nice meal, and activities that cater to a wide spectrum of ages and interests. I am glad that many corporate partners, like Far East Organisation, OCBC Bank, ExxonMobil, have already contributed generously to the Gardens, and I encourage all Singaporeans to visit the Gardens and to embrace them as our very own, as we have embraced the old Botanic Gardens, which are now one and a half centuries old.
This is just one example of how we are transforming Singapore's living environment. We may be a densely populated city, maybe one of the densest in the world, but we are determined that our people should be able to live comfortably, pleasantly, graciously. Not just with good homes, efficient public transport, which we are still working hard to improve, or safe streets, but also to be in touch with nature, to be never far from green spaces and blue waters, where they can relax, recharge, where they can let their children and pets run around safely, and where they can take glamorous wedding pictures.
We may not be able to build Gardens by the Bay everywhere in Singapore, but we are beautifying every corner of Singapore – the places we live, work and play, and the community spaces that we all share. And especially so in the heartlands, and we have many projects which have already been realised - the naturalised river in Bishan- AMK Park – naturalised means it used to be a canal, and we have made it look like it was there since time immemorial, meandering with water plants, with waterfowl, with stepping stones, with little kids trying to catch longkang (Hokkien for canal) fish. We have the Punggol Waterway, you can call it the “Venice of Punggol”. We even have a Jurong Lake District – the lake is already there, the district is coming. I am happy that Singaporeans are co-creating our living spaces, and as we develop more of these places, we will involve Singaporeans more actively, and more intensively and earlier, to conceptualise them, to give us the ideas, what we can do with them, and to help us to tend them, love them and make sure that they continue to improve. So we have the rail corridor coming, which I told you about just now, we have destination parks which we are building – East Coast, Sembawang, and other parts of Singapore. What we can do to make it beautiful, we are doing. People need to take care of it, love it, respect it, and make sure it is maintained in a way that we can all be proud of – I think that is what we expect of Singaporeans. So I encourage Singaporeans to continue supporting these efforts. Take care of these surroundings, volunteer with NParks, educate the public, man the visitor centres, or restore areas which need management with native plants, or adopt a tree. By working together, we can make Singapore the best home for us all.
So I would like to thank all the officers for creating this beautiful new attraction. I hope many Singaporeans will come to visit and enjoy its beauty for many years to come. Today's guests come from all over Singapore, we have grassroots leaders, we have students, we have children from homes, we have people with disability. Go home, tell your friends about it, bring your family here again – it is open first thing tomorrow morning.
Thank you very much!
S$2 Million ExxonMobil commitment to Gardens by the Bay will support development of educational resources
ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte, Ltd is committing S$2 million to Gardens by the Bay, a world-class development designed to showcase Singapore's commitment to innovation and resource management. This sponsorship, ExxonMobil's single-largest community investment in Singapore, focuses on the development and installation of state-of-the-art educational resources around Dragonfly Lake in Gardens by the Bay.
These resources, which will include new technologies and programming, will help educate visitors about aquatic life and horticulture at Dragonfly Lake, which serves as a natural filter system for water for the gardens and the connecting reservoir.
"Understanding our natural environment is the critical first step toward protecting it. Our support for this project will help increase awareness of Singapore's biodiversity, water systems, and plant life," said ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Chairman and Managing Director Matthew Aguiar. "These high-tech interactive media and educational programs will go a long way to help visitors to Gardens by the Bay learn more about and appreciate the biodiversity and plant life in Singapore.
"This effort supports ExxonMobil's global commitment to education and sustainability. It adds another dimension to the company's community investments in Singapore," Mr. Aguiar added. "We have grown with the country, and we are continuing to grow with the community here."
Dr. Kiat W. Tan, chief executive officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, "There is much that nature can teach us beyond appealing to our various senses while we enjoy its beauty. Engagement of contemporary audiences requires innovative ways of adding layers of context and complementary information that help make the experience enriching and educational. Our partnership with ExxonMobil will allow us to do just this. By adopting various technologies, we can present rich content that helps everyone learn more about plants and horticulture.
"We are glad to have found an ideal partner in ExxonMobil which shares our interest in cultivating public interest in our natural heritage. We look forward to working with more like-minded organizations to make Gardens by the Bay the foremost garden destination for all to enjoy."
OCBC Bank is largest corporate sponsor to date at Gardens by the Bay with sponsorship of Supertree aerial walkway and light and sound show
Gardens by the Bay, partnering the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited ("OCBC Bank"), today announced that OCBC Bank will be sponsoring two of the Gardens' permanent highlights when it opens to the public on 29 June 2012. The two features are the Supertree aerial walkway and a spectacular light and sound show at the Supertree Grove which will be named the "OCBC Skyway" and the "OCBC Light and Sound Show" respectively.
The OCBC Skyway is located at the Supertree Grove, part of the central outdoor area of Gardens by the Bay. Suspended at a height of 22 metres above ground between two Supertrees, the 128-metre-long aerial walkway offers a sprawling view of the Gardens against the bustling backdrop of Marina Bay.
Part of OCBC Bank's sponsorship also goes into the production of a light and sound show at the Supertree Grove, to be unveiled to dramatic effect as part of the opening programme for Gardens by the Bay. Visitors will be able to catch this free show which comes on nightly from 2 July 2012.
The two attractions are made possible with a generous donation of S$8 million from OCBC Bank, making the bank the largest corporate sponsor to date at Gardens by the Bay.
Gardens by the Bay set to bloom in June 2012
Gardens By The Bay Set To Bloom In June 2012
Gardens by the Bay today announced that the official launch of Bay South Garden will take place on the evening of 28 June 2012 and the garden will open to the public on 29 June 2012.
To celebrate the opening, a programme of exciting events spanning two weekends will be held from 29 June to 8 July 2012. Festivities include an array of activities held at different parts of the 54-hectare Bay South Garden including "live" concerts by Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz and local songbird Corrinne May; family carnivals including a green fair to raise awareness of the environment; performances, storytelling and activities for kids; educational demonstrations and self-discovery trails; a photo competition; and an outdoor movie under the stars.
Highlights of Bay South Garden
When Bay South Garden opens on 29 June 2012, visitors will be able to experience its signature features such as the "Flower Dome" and "Cloud Forest" cooled conservatories; the Supertrees in the Golden Garden, Silver Garden and Supertree Grove; the Heritage Gardens; The World of Plants; and the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes.
In addition, they can look forward to changing floral displays in the Flower Dome, a specially choreographed light and sound show at the Supertree Grove, and a series of interpretive media and narratives that bring to life the story of plants. Completing the experience will be a host of lifestyle offerings including dining and retail.
Gardens by the Bay will provide a unique green space and horticulture-themed leisure destination in Marina Bay for all to enjoy. We are excited that in June we will finally be able to share with everyone this new garden, which has been some five years in the making, said Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay.
With less than three months to go before the official opening, we are pulling our efforts together to realise the aspiration of delivering a garden that families, friends and communities in Singapore can enjoy and cherish. As the plants establish and mature over time, we hope that visitors will continue to give their support and grow with the Gardens, Dr Tan added.
From 29 June 2012, Bay South Garden will be open to the public from 5.00am to 2.00am daily. Opening hours for the cooled conservatories and the aerial walkway in the Supertree Grove are from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily.
Entry to Bay South Garden will be free, with the exception of the cooled conservatories which showcase plants of high conservation value from two of the most endangered habitats in the world. Local residents (i.e. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and holders of Employment Pass, Work Permit or Dependent's Pass) will enjoy differential rates, with further concessions extended to senior citizens, children, schools, community groups and charitable organisations.
Additionally, in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival which runs from 7 to 15 July 2012 at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, there will be a joint promotion with discounts on admission tickets to the conservatories and Festival.
Speech by Mr Lee Kuan Yew at a special preview of the Flower Dome
Dr Kiat Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay
Mrs Christina Ong, Chairman, National Parks Board
Mrs Theresa Foo, Chairman, Gardens by the Bay
Ladies and gentlemen
I am delighted to be at the Flower Dome of the Gardens by the Bay this evening. It is beautiful and shows how far we have progressed in greening Singapore.
When I planted my first tree at Holland Road Circus back in 1963, it was to make Singapore green. Cities cannot just be made up of concrete buildings, tarmac and pavements. It would be depressing and unpleasant to live in. You need to balance that with trees and flowers. This will make Singapore more pleasant to live in.
Singapore has become much greener, despite increased urbanization. Almost half of Singapore is covered in greenery. We have set aside land for world-class gardens, parks and nature reserves. Many visitors are amazed at our tree-lined roads, and this has become an economic value to us. More importantly, Singaporeans today live in beautifully-landscaped housing estates, and are able to exercise and enjoy fresh air in the urban oases right at their doorsteps. None of this would have been possible without decades of conscientious planning and commitment.
Many countries now do tree-planting and call themselves garden cities. To retain our edge and continue to improve our living environment, we have been transforming Singapore into a City in a Garden. This City in a Garden vision is not just about developing green infrastructure. We are actually building a home to be proud of in the next few decades.
Gardens by the Bay, a world-class garden, will contribute towards this vision. It will showcase what we can do to bring the world of plants to all Singaporeans. The Gardens will no doubt continue to grow and this is where the support of the corporate community and individual will make this garden the pride of Singapore. And I am sure Singaporeans will grow to love Gardens by the Bay as much as they do the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
It has been almost 50 years since we started the Garden City movement. Just as becoming a Garden City took strong political will and dedication as well as support from Singaporeans, achieving the City in a Garden vision will need innovation, ownership and dedication at all levels of society.
Looking at the new Gardens by the Bay now, I am confident that Singapore is one step closer to this City in a Garden, an endearing home for all to live, work and play. I urge all Singaporeans to work together with the Government to build our City in a Garden, and continue to improve the quality of our living environment.
Gardens by the Bay showcases Flower Dome and Heritage Gardens at sneak preview
Members of the public will have the opportunity to preview some of the key features of the Bay South Garden at Gardens by the Bay this coming week, ahead of its official opening in June 2012.
The week-long sneak preview, which runs from 14 to 20 November, is held in conjunction with the 20th World Orchid Conference (20WOC) in Singapore this year. While entry into the Flower Dome will be limited to ticket holders of the 20WOC World Orchid Show, members of the public will be able to preview some of the other features in Bay South Garden without a ticket. These include the Heritage Gardens, Dragonfly Lake, and the Supertrees in the Golden Garden and Silver Garden.
"Gardens by the Bay is a garden for all Singaporeans, and will provide a quality garden environment for everyone to enjoy with their families, friends and communities," said Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay. "We are pleased to be able to showcase some of the most unique parts of the Gardens at this sneak preview held in conjunction with the 20th World Orchid Conference."
At 1.2 hectares, the Flower Dome is the larger of the two cooled conservatories in Bay South Garden. It replicates the cool-dry, springtime climate of the Mediterranean-type and semi-arid regions, enabling the display of habitats and plants from regions in South America, the United States, South Africa and Madagascar, Western Australia and the Mediterranean Basin. Designed with the environment in mind, it also incorporates cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling.
The plant displays will not only bring forth the beauty of plants, but also enable the story of plants and their intimate relationships with Man and the ecosystem to be told. Emphasis will be placed on highlighting the colours from flowers as well as the interesting forms and adaptations of plants to cool and dry environments. The displays will also bring to life plants that provide food to Man.
During the preview period, visitors will also see a spectacular display of orchids planted in the Flower Field inside the Flower Dome, to mark the occasion of the 20WOC. This colourful display will feature some 14,000 orchid plants consisting of about 150 hybrids and 30 species from around the world including Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and South America.
The Heritage Gardens features a collection of four gardens – Indian Garden, Chinese Garden, Malay Garden and Colonial Garden – which bring to life Singapore's cultural diversity and colonial history, through plants.
Featuring trees, shrubs and herbs associated with the various cultural groups, they interpret the diversity that underpins the socio-economic growth of Singapore.
Supertrees & Dragonfly Lake
Also open for public preview during this period are the Golden and Silver Gardens, as well as the Dragonfly Lake.
The Golden and Silver Gardens feature six of the 18 Supertrees in Bay South Garden and showcase a variety of epiphytes, ferns and tropical flowering climbers with gold and silver hues.
The Dragonfly Lake is part of the Gardens lake system, which serves as a natural filter of water. It provides not only naturally treated water for irrigation in the Gardens, but also an aquatic habitat for biodiversity.
About Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay will occupy 101 hectares of prime land by the water at the heart of Singapore's new downtown at Marina Bay. Gardens by the Bay will be an integral part of Singapore's City in a Garden vision, a whole country geared to nurture flora and greenery. It will capture the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical city with a quality environment to live, work and play.
Gardens by the Bay announces F&B partners for key dining spaces in Bay South
Gardens by the Bay today announced the operators for three of its food and beverage (F&B) outlets in the Bay South Garden.
The successful tenders for the three F&B spaces – a casual dining area at the Supertree Grove, a restaurant in the Flower Dome, and Satay by the Bay – were selected to offer visitors a wide range of dining options. They are part of the 13 F&B spaces that have been planned for the 54-hectare Bay South Garden. Up to eight of the F&B spaces are expected to be operational when Bay South officially opens in June 2012.
"Gardens by the Bay is dedicated to all Singaporeans to enjoy with their families and friends," said Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay. "The operators selected to run Satay by the Bay, the Supertree Grove casual dining space and the Flower Dome restaurant offer a variety of dining options that will appeal to the diverse tastes and budgets of our visitors. Our aim for the 13 F&B spaces is to cater to every layer of the community. Whether it's a family gathering over a weekend lunch, a business meeting, or simply relaxing with friends, there is something for everyone in this People's Garden."
Satay by the Bay
Reminiscent of the old Satay Club, Satay by the Bay will comprise over 20 food stalls set beneath canopies of green roofs with natural ventilation from the waterfront. Diners can look forward to affordable local delights at this 2,000 sq m mass casual dining space operated by Planar One & Associates.
Said Mr Alex Neo, Managing Director, Planar One & Associates Pte Ltd, "We welcome the opportunity to operate in this truly unique garden setting by the water. Our aim is to revive the atmosphere of the old Satay Club and to offer an extensive selection of affordable local delights that will appeal to both locals and tourists alike."
Supertree Grove casual dining space
Located by the Supertree Grove, this five-unit casual dining space looks out to the main cluster of Supertrees in the Gardens. Managed by Select Group, it will offer visitors an affordable menu of local and international cuisines from popular eateries including Peach Garden Noodle House, Hill Street Coffee Shop and Texas Fried Chicken.
"The Supertree Grove casual dining space has presented us with the opportunity to be a part of one of Asia's most unique urban gardens," said Mr Vincent Tan, Managing Director of Select Group Limited. "Our concept and menus will appeal to a broad range of diners including families and the lunch-time crowd from the Central Business District."
Flower Dome restaurant – Pollen
Nestled amidst the Mediterranean garden environment of the Flower Dome, Pollen will serve modern European cuisine. It will be managed by JC Tapas Bar Pte Ltd, who will be bringing on board renowned Chef Jason Atherton, owner of Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social in London and Table No. 1 in Shanghai, as Chef Director.
Said Mr Loh Lik Peng, Director, JC Tapas Bar Pte Ltd, "Our menu of Mediterranean-influenced modern European cuisine draws inspiration from the Flower Dome and will appeal to discerning diners seeking fine quality food in a beautiful and intimate location. The business crowd, families and tour groups will enjoy an affordably priced day-time menu, while the sophistication of our dinner menu will appeal to those seeking a gastronomic experience in an unrivalled setting."
About Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay will occupy 101 hectares of prime land by the water at the heart of Singapore's new downtown at Marina Bay. It will be an integral part of Singapore's City in a Garden vision, and will capture the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical city with an ideal environment in which to live, work and play.
Gardens by the Bay complete façade of first cooled conservatory
Gardens by the Bay, the iconic waterfront gardens project in Marina Bay, celebrated a major construction milestone today at the capping-up ceremony of its cool dry conservatory, the Flower Dome.
The 1.2-hectare Flower Dome is one of two cooled conservatories which are central to the Gardens design concept. It will replicate the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions, and feature an uncommon range of flowers and plants such as baobabs, olive trees, and date palms.
After close to two years of construction, the Flower Dome was fitted with the last panel of glass by Minister for National Development Mr Mah Bow Tan, marking the completion of its façade.
Exterior works for its sister structure, the 0.8-hectare Cloud Forest which will replicate the cool-moist climate of the Tropical Montane region, will be completed later this year.
The conservatories will be an amalgamation of architectural, environmental engineering, and horticultural excellence in the heart of Singapore’s new downtown, Marina Bay.
Designed with the environment in mind, they will apply cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling.
They will house a diverse collection of plants from the Mediterranean and Tropical Montane regions, which are among the most threatened habitats in the world as a result of climate change and habitat loss brought about by human activities.
While the conservatories are envisaged to be iconic architectural structures that will add to the identity of the Gardens and Marina Bay, their main purpose is to bring forth the beauty of plants, and enable the story of plants and their intimate relationships with Man and the ecosystem to be told.
Members of the public will have the opportunity for a sneak preview of the Flower Dome during the World Orchid Conference from 13 to 20 November 2011. In addition, previews of the Bay South Gardens will be arranged for organised groups from February 2012 onwards, leading up to the official opening of Bay South in June 2012. This period of public preview will help the Gardens ease in its operations and allow the public to provide feedback.
When Bay South officially opens in June 2012, visitors can look forward to enjoying the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, along with other exciting features and a host of educational, horticultural and leisure programmes.
About National Parks Board
National Parks Board (NParks) is responsible for providing and enhancing the greenery of the Garden City. Beyond green infrastructure, NParks is committed to enhancing the quality of life through creating memorable recreational experiences and lifestyles.
NParks manages 10% of Singapore's total land area which comprises over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves. Adding to this is the extensive streetscape, or roadside greenery, that forms the backbone of our City in a Garden. An island-wide Park Connector Network is also being developed to link major parks and residential areas.
As Singapore's scientific authority on nature conservation, NParks monitors and coordinates measures to ensure the health of Singapore 's biodiversity. This supports the overall thrust of our urban conservation model, which aims to conserve representative eco-systems in land-scarce Singapore for future generations.
NParks is also the lead agency in the efforts to continually upgrade the Landscape Industry in Singapore . It works closely with industry partners to promote good work practices and create a thriving, innovative and professional industry that will support Singapore's aspirations of being a City in the Garden.
For more information, log on to www.nparks.gov.sg
About Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay will occupy 101 hectares of prime land by the water at the heart of Singapore's new downtown at Marina Bay. It will be an integral part of Singapore's City in a Garden vision, and will capture the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical city with an ideal environment in which to live, work and play.
Kikkoman donates S$1 million for the development of Kingfisher Lake at Gardens by the Bay
Kikkoman Singapore, the local manufacturing facility of Japan-based soy sauce manufacturer Kikkoman Corporation, today announced a S$1 million sponsorship for the enhancement of Kingfisher Lake . one of the key features in the upcoming Gardens by the Bay.
The S$1 million sponsorship marks Kikkoman Singapore's 25th anniversary celebrations.
A symbolic cheque presentation to the Garden City Fund took place today during the groundbreaking ceremony of Kingfisher Lake, which was officiated by Singapore's Minister for National Development, Mr Mah Bow Tan.
The donation will be channelled to the enhancement of Kingfisher Lake, particularly the upper and lower levels of the Lake and water features such as the Victoria Lily Pool, Spring Water Feature, The Streams, and Boulder Cascade.
Kingfisher Lake is one of two main lakes in Gardens by the Bay. As part of the Gardens. efforts to promote horticultural excellence and a sustainable ecosystem, it plays an important role in capturing run-off from within the Gardens and acts as an .eco-filter.. Apart from contributing to the aesthetic appeal of the Gardens, it raises awareness of the value that aquatic plants play in Nature, and highlights the significance of clean water in sustaining biodiversity. (Please refer to the factsheet on Kingfisher Lake for more details.)
Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay, said, The vision for our Gardens by the Bay has always been to be a Garden for all Singaporeans and their friends . a national icon that Singaporeans can embrace and share ownership in. We are very grateful to Kikkoman for their generous contribution to the enhancement of the Kingfisher Lake, and we hope this enlightened support will encourage more corporations to come forward and help us make Gardens by the Bay the most amazing and wonderful garden it can be.
Gardens by the Bay will provide Singaporeans a new dimension in city living, right in the heart of Singapore's new Downtown. Setting a new standard in the way gardens are developed and managed, it will become Singapore's premier urban outdoor recreation space at Marina Bay, a national icon and a source of pride for all Singaporeans. The sponsorship announced today contributes to this vision and is in line with Kikkoman Singapore's corporate social responsibility policy, which upholds values such as improving society and protecting the environment.
Yuzaburo Mogi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kikkoman Corporation, said:
Kikkoman Singapore is pleased to donate S$1 million for developing Kingfisher Lake in Gardens by the Bay. I think the lake will send a strong message about the significance of clean water and biodiversity to the millions of people who will visit every year. One of the Kikkoman Group's policies is to contribute to society as a good corporate citizen. Our donation for Kingfisher Lake is one way of fulfilling that responsibility. This sponsorship is our token of appreciation for the 25 successful years of business that we have enjoyed in Singapore.
Kikkoman Singapore started celebrating its anniversaries in 1990. That year, it celebrated its 5th anniversary by making a generous donation to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In 1995, it celebrated its 10th anniversary with a concert performance by Dick Lee and Sandy Lam at the Singapore Harbour Front concert hall. In 2000, the company demonstrated its support of local performers by engaging four singers (Tanya Chua, Kit Chan, Jacintha Abisheganaden and Wendy Koh) to perform at the NUS Arts Centre and also made donation to President's Star Charity 2000. Five years ago, Kikkoman Singapore marked its 20th anniversary by establishing a research and development laboratory (Kikkoman's first in Asia outside Japan) to develop new products for Asia.
About Kikkoman Corporation
Kikkoman Corporation was incorporated in 1917 in Noda, Japan. Originally a combination of eight family-owned companies that had been producing soy sauce in Noda since the 17th century, Kikkoman is today the world's leading manufacturer of soy sauce. The company provides a comprehensive range of foodstuffs, fine wines, and superb dining. The Kikkoman label has grown to be recognized as a global trademark for quality food products.
About National Parks Board
National Parks Board (NParks) is responsible for providing and enhancing the greenery of the Garden City. Beyond green infrastructure, NParks is committed to enhancing the quality of life through creating memorable recreational experiences and lifestyles.
NParks manages 10% of Singapore's total land area which comprises over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves. Adding to this is the extensive streetscape, or roadside greenery, that forms the backbone of our City in a Garden. An island-wide Park Connector Network is also being developed to link major parks and residential areas.
As Singapore's scientific authority on nature conservation, NParks monitors and coordinates measures to ensure the health of Singapore's biodiversity. This supports the overall thrust of our urban conservation model, which aims to conserve representative eco-systems in land-scarce Singapore for future generations.
NParks is also the lead agency in the efforts to continually upgrade the Landscape Industry in Singapore. It works closely with industry partners to promote good work practices and create a thriving, innovative and professional industry that will support Singapore.s aspirations of being a City in the Garden.
For more information, log on to www.nparks.gov.sg
About Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay will occupy 101 hectares of prime land by the water at the heart of Singapore's new downtown at Marina Bay. Gardens by the Bay will be an integral part of Singapore's City in a Garden vision, a whole country geared to nurture flora and greenery. It will capture the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical city with an ideal environment in which to live, work and play.
For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Gardens by the Bay launches commercial spaces in Bay South
Gardens by the Bay today revealed 18 of its commercial spaces available for food and beverage (F&B) operations in the Bay South garden.
Spread out across the 54-hectare garden, the unique dining spaces are located among the main features in Bay South - the largest of the three gardens at Gardens by the Bay - and will offer a vast variety of dining options for all Singaporeans when it opens in 2011.
Situated in the heart of Singapore's new downtown Marina Bay area, Gardens by the Bay boasts three upcoming waterfront gardens that will not only be populated with diverse flora, but will also feature new and exciting dining concepts. Bay South alone features 23 commercial spaces, of which 18 are F&B spaces while the remaining 5 will be dedicated to retail.
The range of dining facilities will be planted among key features in the garden such as the Conservatory Complex with two specially constructed biomes that will house plants and flowers from the Mediterranean and Tropical Montane environments; the Supertree Grove, where 12 uniquely designed Supertrees which are vertical gardens standing between 25 and 50 metres in height will be populated with plants not commonly found in Singapore; and even atop the tallest Supertree, which offers a panoramic view of Singapore's new skyline.
Visitors can choose from a vast selection of dining options including a restaurant in a Mediterranean garden setting, the panoramic 50-metre Supertree Bar, Supertree Grove casual dining right at the centre of the Gardens, and a Satay Club by the waterfront.
Consonant with Singapore's aim to be entrenched as Asia's premier leisure destination, the development of the Gardens by the Bay at its pre-eminent location along the waterfront of Singapore's new downtown provides a new and exciting green space venue for recreation. "The Gardens by the Bay has always been envisioned to epitomize the tropical Garden City that is Singapore, an icon dedicated to all Singaporeans as their very own place to enjoy with their families and friends," said Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay.
The 18 unique F&B spaces have been specially created to line the Bay South garden with dining options that cater to every layer of the Singapore community. Whether it's a family gathering over a weekend lunch, a business meeting, or simply chilling out with friends, there is something for everyone in the Gardens. To this end, the 9,400 square metre F&B spaces give visitors the flexibility to decide on the type of environment they want to be immersed in.
"Gardens by the Bay has immense potential to become an iconic, ground-breaking business spot, given its location in the city centre, and the fact that it offers operators something truly unique that no other location provides - the opportunity to exist and operate within a lush garden setting. With this unique dining concept, we believe the Gardens will attract quality operators from here and abroad," said Peter See-Toh, Managing Director, Retail Services, Knight Frank Pte Ltd.
The 18 F&B spaces will officially open for tender from September onwards.
Singapore's Garden by the Bay project on track with ground-breaking ceremony
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore's project to build three major waterfront gardens, broke ground today, as the development made progress to create the world's premier public gardens in the tropics. The 54 hectare (ha) Gardens at Marina South is scheduled to be the first of the three Gardens to be completed in end-2010. Gardens by the Bay will eventually total 101 ha, and comprise three themed gardens at Marina South, Marina East and Marina Centre.
Singapore's Minister for National Development, Mr Mah Bow Tan, was joined by Minister of State, Ms Grace Fu, Parliamentary Secretary, Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, senior members of the National Parks Board (NParks), other government officials and industry leaders today as he officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony. Mr Mah planted a Golden Rain Tree (scientific name: Samanea saman) to commemorate the groundbreaking of the Gardens. Originally native to South America and the West Indies, the Golden Rain Tree has been widely planted throughout the Tropics as a shade tree, including in Singapore, where such yellow variants were first deployed as a valued cultivar. This tree will be re-planted along the avenue framing the new 1km-long boulevard bordering the East side of the Gardens at Marina South.
Phase 1 of Gardens by the Bay:
Gardens by the Bay will provide Singaporeans a new dimension of city living experience right in the heart of Singapore's New Downtown District. Setting a new standard in the way gardens are developed and managed, it will become Singapore's premier outdoor recreation space at Marina Bay - a national icon and a source of pride for Singaporeans.
In line with the completion of the Marina Bay Integrated Resort and other developments at Marina Bay, NParks has targeted for the first phase of the Gardens at Marina South to be completed by end-2010
The Gardens at Marina South is designed by UK-based firm Grant Associates. Among the attractions will be displays telling the story of "Plant Use by Man", focusing on economically important plants in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Active spaces for vibrant programming will be incorporated ans will wnable the Gardens to host a suite of international and national events. Some key features of the Marina South Gardens include:
(See accompanying factsheet for details)
Aware of global isues pertaining to climate change, NParks is also exploring sustainable energy and water technologies for the Gardens. This includes the research done on energy modelling and latest cooling technologies for the Cool Conservatory Complex at Marina South. The commissioned study has shown that by applying a combination of the latest cooling technologies, the energy consumption for the Conservatory will be lower than that of a comparable commercial building in Singapore of similar size.
Details of the developments at Marina East and Marina Centre will be announced at a later stage.
For more information, please visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
 A cultivar is a cultivated plant that has been selected and given a unique name because it has characteristics that distinguish it from otherwise similar plants of the same species.
Factsheet on Gardens at Marina South
Occupying 54 hectares (ha), the Gardens at Marina South will be the first of the three gardens of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay to be implemented. It is targeted to be completed in end 2010. Designed by UK-based design firm Grant Associates, this lively and vibrant garden will showcase the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry, with a mass display of tropical flowers and coloured foliage and more.
Key features of Gardens at Marina South:
Start of site preparatory works for Gardens by the Bay
Marina City Park will close from 1 June 2007 for the Gardens by the Bays site preparatory works. Marina South Promenade facing the Marina Channel, the playing fields and waterfront promenade will be closed to the public.
Site hoardings will be put up at both Marina South and Marina East. In Marina South, the site hoardings will close off a stretch of Marina Park Road (adjacent to Marina Boulevard and Marina Grove) from public access.
The public can look forward to the Gardens by the Bay when its first phase opens in 2010. Meanwhile, we urge the public to bear with the temporary inconvenience and encourage them to visit other parks in the vicinity for recreation, said Dr K Ismail Sudderuddin, Assistant Director of Gardens by the Bay.
These parks include the East Coast Park, Esplanade Park and Kallang Riverside Park. Sports enthusiasts can continue to enjoy their favourite games like soccer and other casual team sports at the Singapore Sports Councils (SSC) five other open fields at Bukit Timah, Tanglin, Farrer Park, St Wilfrid and Geylang
To minimise inconvenience to the public, information signages and maps will be put up at strategic points to inform and advise motorists on alternative routes. Information on the road closures and traffic diversions will be given to the public in due course.
The 18 F&B spaces will officially open for tender from September onwards.
Other Parks in the Vicinity:
Kallang Riverside Park
Location: Kallang Road, Stadium Link and Crawford Street
About the park: Built on both sides of Kallang River, it is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. On weekends, dragon boat teams, canoers and water skiers gather, practising and displaying their skills, preparing for water sports competitions that are also held here.
The sandy beach at the park is popular with weekend picnickers. For the kids, there is a children's playground. Exercise opportunities are aplenty, with fitness equipment located just next to the playground. Jogging cum cycling tracks complete with distance markers are available.
The park boasts high plant diversity, with 100 species of shrubs, trees and palms decorating its landscape.
Location: Along Connaught Drive, opposite the Padang and City Hall
About the park: Esplanade Park is one of the oldest parks in Singapore. Built in 1943, it was redeveloped in 1991 to enhance the Civic District's identity. There are many historical landmarks in this park which are of interest to tourists and locals. These include the Lim Bo Seng memorial, the Cenotaph and Tan Kim Seng Fountain. It also forms an important frontage for the Padang, Supreme Court and City Hall.
East Coast Park
Location: Along East Coast Parkway
About the park: East Coast Park is the largest and the most popular park in Singapore. Themed "Recreation for all", this park offers a wide range of facilities - food, recreation, entertainment and sports - for the enjoyment of all. Bowling alleys, golf driving range, holiday chalets, restaurants and hawker centre can all be found at this park.
For those looking for action, there are water-sports, cycling and in-line skating available. In the evenings, bring your families and friends down for a barbecue and overnight camping.
Facilities include large open spaces, fitness equipment, 80 barbecue pits, 12 km of cycle tracks, 15 km of jogging tracks, bicycle and skates rental kiosks, 7.5 km of sandy beach, refreshment kiosks, restaurants, a hawker centre, a water sports centre, tennis courts, ponds, reflexology footpaths, bowling alleys, holiday chalets and camp sites.
Public feedback endorses two winning master plans for Singapore's Gardens by the Bay
The two winning master plans for Gardens by the Bay Singapores project to build three landmark waterfront gardens has received a strong endorsement from public feedback after a three-week public exhibition of the winning designs conducted by the National Parks Board.
Some 10,000 people visited the exhibition of the two scale models from 6 to 24 September 2006, at the Botany Centre of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Over 700 people gave feedback (420 in face-to-face interviews; 186 on feedback forms at the exhibition; 36 online and 61 in focus group sessions). The Gardens by the Bay website received over 266,000 hits during the 3-week exhibition, almost seven times more than the preceding month. An overwhelming majority (details below) of those surveyed said they would visit the Gardens based on the concepts.
Dr Kiat W. Tan, Director of Gardens by the Bay, said: NParks is pleased with the very positive response to the designs for the Gardens by the Bay by the two winning teams. The publics feedback supports the decision made by the international jury to award these two winning design teams. They will be appointed to help us create the best gardens possible.
The three Gardens located at Marina South (54 ha), Marina East (32 ha) and Marina Centre (15 ha) are scheduled to be opened in phases from 2010. The two winning master plans, awarded by an international jury after a nine-month process, were created by international design teams led by landscape architecture firms Grant Associates, based in Bath, England, and Gustafson Porter from London. The master plan competition drew 70 entries from 170 companies from 24 countries.
The findings from the feedback were as follows:
The topline-aggregated findings from all the feedback are as follows:
Although no master plan was awarded for Marina Centre, feedback was also sought on what the public hoped to see there. In the face-to-face survey, the top amenity asked for was cycling and jogging tracks (29.8%), and the most popular activity expected was outdoor music and buskers (25.2%).
Dr Tan added: We would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the public who have taken time to share their ideas and suggestions which will serve as useful reference for the designers in addressing public expectations of the Gardens by the Bay and ensuring that specific features outlined in the master plans cater to the needs of the public. The designers will consider all suggestions and, where appropriate and possible, will try to incorporate them in the final designs.
Announcement of winning design teams for Gardens by the Bay International Master Plan Competition and official opening of Tanglin Core at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapores Gardens by the Bay project which is set to build three major public gardens on the waterfront has named two design teams as joint winners of an international master plan competition. They are:
• Grant Associates, a landscape architecture consultancy based in Bath, England, in collaboration with Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Atelier One, Atelier Ten, and Land Design Studios from the United Kingdom (UK); Meinhardt Infrastructure Pte Ltd, and Davis Langdon and Seah Singapore Pte Ltd from Singapore.
• Gustafson Porter, an international landscape design practice based in London, in collaboration with Ove Arup (UK), and Davis Langdon and Seah Singapore Pte Ltd.
The competition, organised by Singapores National Parks Board and launched in January this year, drew over 70 entries submitted by 170 firms, of which 21 percent were from Singapore firms, from 24 countries.
Last month, eight short-listed teams of international design firms made presentations on their submissions and scale models of their designs to an 11-member international jury, chaired by Dr Kiat W. Tan, Adviser to the National Parks Board and Project Director of Gardens by the Bay. The teams had been selected based on criteria including track record, relevant experience, international award, design philosophy and approach. They included firms from the United States, Australia, Japan and Singapore.
On the overall standard of submissions, Dr Tan said: The eight designs were of very high quality and provided many creative and excellent design ideas for the Gardens. After careful deliberation and having given due consideration to the aesthetic appeal, implementability and flexibility of the designs, the Jury was unanimous in its decision that there were two designs that best met the Gardens vision and programmatic brief. It decided that the two teams be awarded as joint winners of this Competition.
Grant Associates recent projects include the New Islington Millennium Village in Manchester, a sustainable township near Granada in Spain and Chongqing Botanical Garden in China. They had also worked on several award-winning projects, such as the Earth Centre and the Yorkshire Artspace projects in the UK which had won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award.
Of the Grant Associates team, the judges said: The design concept for the Garden at Marina South captures the essence of a Garden in a downtown setting the experience of colour and vibrancy across 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, all year round. This was achieved by the strategic location of display gardens and activity spaces, with careful consideration given to day and night programming. The concept for the Conservatory was also attractive and technically implementable. The application of sustainable energy systems and the introduction of the Super Trees as iconic structures could give the Garden an extra wow factor.
Gustafson Porters recent projects include the Westergasfabriek Culture Park in Amsterdam, the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanical Garden of Wales and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, London.
Of the Gustafson Porter team, the judges said: The design concept for the Garden at Marina East positioned it as a key Garden, leveraging off the attractive views it offers of the city skyline, looking across the water. It sought to create an intimate relationship between the Gardens and the Bay, and provided spaces and display gardens to generate interest and vibrancy. The strength of the design was in the way it addressed the site conditions, thereby bringing forth the essence of Marina Bay in a subtle and elegant manner.
The Jury decided not to select a winning design for the Garden at Marina Centre. They felt that it should await further feedback from the public regarding what they wish for this strategic linear garden by the bay with a waterfront promenade stretching 2.8 km.
An exhibition of the winning designs and scale models is on at the Function Hall in the new Botany Centre (next to the Green Pavilion), Tanglin Core, Singapore Botanic Gardens from 6 to 24 Sept 2006 (7 am 8 pm daily). They can also be viewed on the Gardens by the Bay website at: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg. These are master plans by the winning teams, and represent the conceptual stage and not the final designs. Ideas and views from the public will be considered and, where appropriate, will be used to flesh out and refine the final design. Gardens by the Bay is slated for opening in phases starting from 2010.
One of the members of the international jury, Prof Fumihiko Maki, Principal of Maki & Associates in Japan and winner of the 1993 Pritzker Architecture Prize, said: Because of their very strategic position in the centre of the city, these gardens, when fully realised, will bring tremendous change to the character of the downtown and surrounding areas. We are looking forward very much to the time when they will be completed.
Official Opening of Tanglin Core, Singapore Botanic Gardens
At the same ceremony, Minister Mah also officiated the opening of Tanglin Core including the Botany Centre at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The Botany Centre houses the heart and soul of the Botanic Gardens - its research and educational facilities. These enhanced facilities, which include the herbarium, laboratories and library, will play an important role in furthering the Gardens' position as a leading tropical botanic garden and institution for research and education. The Botany Centre was one of 17 developments which received the 2006 Green Mark Awards in April this year for its environmentally friendly design.
Taking centrestage at the Botany Centre is a green pavilion featuring Singapore's first pitched green roof. A celebration of Nature's resilience, the green roof showcases hardy plants like epiphytes, the Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) and the Tiger Orchid (Gramatophyllum speciosum). The green roof is a pilot project and forms part of NParks' efforts to leverage on new technology to promote skyrise greenery.
The facilities at the Botany Centre have also been carefully designed to further the Gardens' efforts to connect plants and people. For instance, the orchid breeding and micropropagation laboratory has been designed with viewing windows to provide an overview of the various stages in creating a new hybrid.
Visitors can also engage in research on plants, plant care, botany and horticulture at the Public Reference Centre. Featuring a leisure reading area with comfortable sofa seats, the Public Reference Centre will also offer a plant clinic and a self-help collection of herbarium specimens to allow students, nature lovers and budding gardeners to identify their own plants.
Commenting these latest developments, Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer, National Parks Board said: The development of Gardens by the Bay and redevelopment of Tanglin Core at Botanic Gardens are integral to our efforts to evolve Singapore into a City in a Garden that will provide the best home for our people and advance Singapores competitive edge as a global city of distinction. While the Botanic Gardens will continue to focus on its roles in botanical collections, research and education, Gardens by the Bay will become an iconic showcase of horticultural excellence focusing on mass floral displays and creative plant-based edutainment.
Ten teams of design firms shortlisted for Gardens by the Bay International Master Plan Competition
Ten teams of landscape architectural and architectural firms have been short-listed for the master plan stage of the international design competition for the Gardens by the Bay (GB), Singapores three new gardens to be built on the waterfront.
The competition, organised by the National Parks Board (NParks), drew more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries worldwide.
The 10 teams of short-listed firms, including Singapore-based and overseas companies, are:
The teams include a total of 38 firms, of which nine are Singapore-registered firms. The overseas short-listed firms include 10 firms from Japan, nine from the United Kingdom (UK), six from the United States (USA), three from The Netherlands and one firm from Australia.
Dr. Kiat W. Tan, Advisor to NParks and Project Director for the Gardens by the Bay, said, The international competition for master-planning the series of three Gardens by the Bay attracted much attention around the globe. Some of the best and brightest minds in landscape design and urban planning came together to express interest in shaping the design of Singapores iconic Gardens by the Bay. We are extremely pleased with the excellent quality and caliber of the short-listed teams. They represent some of the worlds finest talents engaged in their profession today. He added, Narrowing the field was extremely difficult, as we had to achieve a fine balance of established credential with fresh new talent. We are convinced, however, that the range, depth and creative potential of the short-listed teams will ensure the excellence of the Master Plan for Singapores Gardens by the Bay.
The 10 teams of firms were selected based on criteria such as track record; relevant experience; international awards and competitions won; and design philosophy and approach for the Gardens by the Bay (GB) Master Plan.
The short-listed entrants will be visiting Singapore soon to view the Gardens by the Bay (GB) sites, and will receive a design brief for the Gardens Master Plan.
Dr Tan said, The Master Plan brief takes into account NParks City in a Garden vision for Singapore, and experience in developing and managing parks and green spaces that are sensitive to the surroundings and responsive to the recreational needs of Singaporeans. We have also carefully reviewed feedback on the Gardens received from the public and our key stakeholders, and have incorporated their ideas and insights into the Master Plan brief.
First phase of Gardens by the Bay International Design Competition draws talent from around the World
The Expression of Interest (EOI) phase of the Gardens by the Bay (GB) International Design Competition has attracted more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries worldwide. Among them are 35 Singaporean firms, which make up 21 % of the participating companies.
Dr. Kiat W. Tan, Advisor to NParks and Project Director of the Gardens by the Bay, said, NParks is gratified by the tremendous interest worldwide generated by the GB Project. Reputable firms have submitted bids from cities as far-flung as Dubai, Paris, Madrid, Munich, New York, San Francisco, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney. I am particularly pleased with the strong showing of Singapore firms. All in all, the number and quality of submissions have exceeded our expectations, bringing together some of the best talents from the East and the West to help plan and shape Singapores waterfront gardens. Singaporeans can expect a high quality project.
Dr. Tan added that the excellent entries would set the benchmark for the quality of talent and expertise in the fields of urban planning, landscape architecture and architecture in the effort to propel Singapore to the forefront among global cities.
The Competition was launched by NParks in January 2006 to invite top local and international landscape architects and planners to conceptualise and create Singapores three iconic Gardens on 94 ha of prime land by the waterfront, the first of its kind in the tropics.
The EOI phase calls for submissions to provide design philosophy and approach for the three Gardens. NParks expects to short-list 6-8 entries in this phase. The evaluation of entries is based upon track record of the participants as well as their design philosophy and approach for the GB masterplan.
Details of the shortlisted firms will be announced in April 2006. These firms will be required to submit detailed masterplan designs. The masterplans will be judged by a high-profile jury comprising distinguished international and local experts in August 2006.