- Reconnect with plants, gardens and horticulture virtually and in person at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Jurong Lake Gardens
- Attend free virtual talks and workshops, and shop at the SGF e-marketplace
Singapore‘s favourite garden and flower show, Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) is back with its complementary show, SGF Horticulture (Hort) Show this October. Organised by the National Parks Board (NParks), the inaugural SGF Hort Show was first launched in 2019 and is a show by locals for locals.
This year’s SGF Hort Show will run from 9 to 31 October 2021 with a hybrid programme comprising virtual and physical activities. The virtual programme includes a variety of talks, workshops as well as an e-marketplace to enable members of the public to shop from the comfort of their homes. On-site displays will take place at two locales, namely Singapore Botanic Gardens from 9 to 17 October and Jurong Lake Gardens from 23 to 31 October 2021. Entry to the show grounds will be free, and details to manage crowd size in accordance with safe management measures will be advised closer to the event dates.
The annual Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival will also be held in conjunction with SGF Hort Show during its run at Singapore Botanic Gardens. To celebrate the Gardens’ rich heritage, the Horticultural Competition of the SGF Hort Show will be held at the elegantly landscaped Plant House, which was the venue for the Gardens’ first plant show way back in 1884.
Mr Dennis Lim, Coordinating Director (Festival, Events & Exhibitions), NParks, said: “After a year’s hiatus, we are excited to come back with opportunities for Singaporeans and residents to reconnect with plants, gardens and horticulture. With the evolving COVID-19 situation, we are mindful to ensure safety measures are well looked into and thus introduced a format where beautiful displays can be viewed on-site at leisure, while online activities will provide further engagement. We know many Singaporeans have continued to sustain their love for greening and gardening amidst this period, and hope to provide them with a platform to cultivate their interests.”
Spotlighting Singaporeans’ horticultural excellence and inspiring hobbyists
SGF Hort Show is the platform for local industry partners to demonstrate their expertise in gardening and houseplant aesthetics, while students, community gardeners and hobbyists alike can come together to hone their skills and knowledge.
The event features a mix of competitive and non-competitive elements to appeal to different interests and to help visitors explore the possibilities horticulture can bring. Presenting a visual feast for visitors is the return of popular displays and competitions participated by industry players such as the Balcony Gardens competition, which showcases creative possibilities for small spaces, and the Vertical Greenery competition, which showcases innovative vertical garden installations. Three local masterscapers will also be setting up aquascaping displays at the festival.
Plant enthusiasts and growers keen to showcase their horticulture skills and prized plants would want to mark their calendars and sign up for the other competitions such as the Horticultural, Orchid, Bonsai and Edibles competitions to vie for medals and challenge cups.
Plant categories under the Horticultural Competition include air plants, aroids, begonias, carnivorous plants, edible plants, ferns, flowering plants, gesneriads and succulents to compete for medals and the City in Nature Challenge Cup.
Co-organised with the Orchid Society of Southeast Asia (OSSEA), the Orchid Competition will showcase the charismatic blooms across 68 categories grown by talented hobbyists as well as the horticulture industry.
The Bonsai Competition will also feature an exhibition of exquisite specimens from local bonsai collectors and nurseries.
The popular Edibles Competition will have two categories for participation – the longest fruit or vegetable (cucumber, lady’s finger, luffa, snake gourd and sword bean) as well as the heaviest fruit or vegetable (cauliflower, cherry tomato, pumpkin, radish and winter melon).
Hobbyists keen on aquascaping can also sign up for the Nano Tank Aquascaping Competition, where participants will be given a day to complete an underwater garden within a 30cm x 30cm x 30cm tank.
Introducing SGF e-Marketplace
The ever-popular SGF Marketplace that features plants, gardening and horticultural products will go digital this year. Enabling consumers to shop in the comfort of their homes, anytime and anywhere – the SGF e-Marketplace will be made available all through 9 to 31 October. More details will be available closer to the event date.
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