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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:25 AM

Post #7974702

I visited the Singapore Garden Festival today. It was great! It's a biennial festival, featuring garden displays and the orchid show.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:27 AM

Post #7974705

Part of the display outside the entrance to the festival, which is actually staged indoors at the Suntec City Convention Centre. It was just as well, as it was pouring with rain this morning!

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:29 AM

Post #7974707

Part of the display for the design 'Gardens by the Bay'

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:32 AM

Post #7974708

Part of the display 'The Mysterious Jungle of Pandora' by Damian Tang of Singapore. This won 'Best in Show' in the Fantasy Garden category.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:35 AM

Post #7974712

'The Spice of Life - A Grenada Garden' by Suzanne Gaywood (UK / Grenada). Bronze medal in Fantasy Garden category.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:37 AM

Post #7974713

'Hommage aux Jardiniers' by Agnes Daval & Gabriel Milochau (France). Silver Medal in Fantasy Garden category.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:39 AM

Post #7974717

'Paradise Lost - An African Fantasy' - David Davidson, South Africa. Bronze medal, Fantasy Garden.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:44 AM

Post #7974720

'Hortus Inclusus' by John & Michael Cullen (USA). This depicts a garden inside a cloister. John Cullen had a really beautiful display at the last festival. The timbers are from an old barn in Michigan, the stone is from an old wall in Pennsylvania, and the pear trees are from Tennessee. This won a Gold Medal in the Fantasy Garden category.

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bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

July 17, 2010
2:48 AM

Post #7974723

Beautiful pictures!! Thanks for sharing.

We were in Singapore March 2009 and sure had nice gardens. we were there on Chinese New Year. Such a clean country and no clunky cars. Belle
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:48 AM

Post #7974724

The Man Who Planted Trees - to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity. This is the centrepiece of the festival and is not a competitive piece.

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bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

July 17, 2010
2:50 AM

Post #7974725

Wow!!!
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:51 AM

Post #7974726

'Kanahaza' by Kazuyuki Ishihara, Japan. It features a moss-covered dwelling surrounded by water.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
2:57 AM

Post #7974729

Hi Belle! Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope you had a chance to see some of the New Year festivities. Some of the pictures here are a little blurry. I was having some problems with my camera, and I had to snap fast to dodge the crazed gardening fans! This is 'Yesterday's Dream' by Inch Lim of Malaysia, depicting the kind of garden you might have seen here 50 years ago.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:00 AM

Post #7974730

'Taking a Leaf' by Peter Cheok, Singapore, depicting an old-style kampong house and garden.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:01 AM

Post #7974731

The entrance to the Orchid Show. Those are actual orchid plants hanging from coir webbing overhead.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:04 AM

Post #7974732

A gorgeous deep maroon cymbidium.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:05 AM

Post #7974734

A display of paphiopedilum orchids.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:07 AM

Post #7974736

A zygopetalum orchid.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:09 AM

Post #7974737

A prize-winning orchid display from Taiwan.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:12 AM

Post #7974738

Prize-winning orchids put up by the Orchid Society of Singapore. (I think!) I was a little distracted at this point, looking at all the displays and trying to decide which way to go next.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:15 AM

Post #7974739

I liked the stripes on this dendrobium.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:16 AM

Post #7974742

A quirky little dendrobium.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:20 AM

Post #7974748

I absolutely loved the colours on this epicattleya. The combination is wild, and it looks almost unreal. It's Epicattleya Rene Marquis

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:25 AM

Post #7974754

This orchid won an award for innovation in breeding.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:27 AM

Post #7974757

A display of Asian orchid species by the Orchid Society of South-East Asia.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:29 AM

Post #7974758

A deep purple orchid (although it looks almost chocolatey in this photo). I bought one of these at one of the booths.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:30 AM

Post #7974760

I loved this dendrobium. The colours are very sweet. Unfortunately, I forgot to take note of its name.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:32 AM

Post #7974761

A stand of orchids which won the top awards at the orchid show.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
3:33 AM

Post #7974764

Grammatophyllum speciosum - the world's largest orchid.

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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

July 17, 2010
5:35 AM

Post #7974945

Got a Grammatophyllum speciosum at home in the garden. Only got it this year as a small plant, so still waiting for it to become 'The World's Largest Orchid'. :O)

RachelLF

RachelLF

July 17, 2010
7:23 AM

Post #7975188

I enjoyed viewing this thread. Thanks for sharing.

Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
4:45 PM

Post #7976437

@RachelLF: Glad you enjoyed it. I wish I could have spent more time there, but I'd brought my 87 year-old grandmother along, and while she loved it, four hours of walking was beginning to tire her out, not to mention the fact that we'd arrived at 10 and were still wandering around past 2 without lunch. She wasn't willing to admit defeat though!
@tropicbreeze: That's fantastic! Hope the garden's big enough, or you may have to fight your way past it! Any sign of blooms yet?
This picture is of a vanda orchid which won a prize in its category.

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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

July 17, 2010
6:42 PM

Post #7976745

It was only a seedling when I got it. Now it's about 30 to 40 centimetres high. So still quite a bit of growing to do.

RachelLF

RachelLF

July 17, 2010
6:56 PM

Post #7976785

Keep those pictures coming Gangajay if you have any more to share and bless your grandmothers heart for being such a trooper.

Rachel
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
8:05 PM

Post #7976971

Yes she is a sweetheart! She wasn't willing to give up, but I didn't want her to be laid up in bed for the next days. There were cut flower displays as well. This won in the Floral Windows to the World category. It's 'Design with Nature' by Brigitte Heinrichs of Germany.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
8:15 PM

Post #7976984

This is part of the 'Gardens by the Bay' display. The picture is a little blurry, cos I snapped it hastily. There was a couple about to step into the frame. You can see frangipani, a breadfruit tree in the background, an incredible number of phalaenopsis plants, some vandas, ferns etc. It was beautiful, like the tropical garden of one's dreams.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
8:17 PM

Post #7976987

These were anthuriums at the Grenada garden display. They were huge - almost as large as my face!

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
8:56 PM

Post #7977035

These were a chocolate maroon colour.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
9:08 PM

Post #7977044

This is another part of the South African display.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 17, 2010
9:15 PM

Post #7977054

This is another view of the Kanahaza display. It's nice, but he had almost the exact same design at the last festival.

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extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

July 17, 2010
10:36 PM

Post #7977120

Beautiful! Thank you for posting these pictures.
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

July 18, 2010
5:30 AM

Post #7977349

I have to get over to Singapore some time. Nearly everyone I know has been there and say it's great.
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 19, 2010
4:16 PM

Post #7981531

@extranjera: You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoy them.
@tropicbreeze: I'm sure you'll have a great time. And of course Australia is the No.1 holiday destination for people from Singapore!

Here's a phalaenopsis orchid from one of the landscape garden displays.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 19, 2010
4:28 PM

Post #7981558

This is another view of 'Hommage aux Jardiniers'. You can also see the crowd building up. We arrived shortly after the show opened at 10am, but it looks like many other people decided to turn up early too! This photo was taken at 10 to 11, so you can guess how many people there were later.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 21, 2010
1:39 AM

Post #7985044

A wall of orchids. These are cut flowers.

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Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2010
3:01 PM

Post #7993754

Wonderful, breathtaking photo's - thank you for sharing with us!
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 24, 2010
4:37 PM

Post #7993944

You're welcome! Here's the picture I actually meant to post for the second view of Hommage aux Jardiniers. I've just realised I posted the same picture twice!

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 24, 2010
4:41 PM

Post #7993959

I love cymbidium orchids, but they don't do well in the tropical lowlands.

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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

July 24, 2010
5:42 PM

Post #7994106

Cymbidium canaliculatum and C. maddidum do well in tropical lowlands, but their flowers are smaller than the cold climate Cymbidiums.

Not a good photo, but C. maddidum.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 25, 2010
5:58 AM

Post #7995030

Nice! Is that growing in your garden? This is liparis lacerata. Bought it at the festival.

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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

July 25, 2010
6:07 AM

Post #7995052

I wish it were. But no, that's an 'in habitat' photo, in the wild. Near this one, also C. maddidum.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 31, 2010
5:38 AM

Post #8008227

That's lovely. Where did you take the photo? This is Dendrobium Vonny Fantasy, which I bought at the show.

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joycet

joycet
Franklin, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2010
5:47 AM

Post #8008240

HOLY COW! AWESOME...sorry, didn't mean to shout. What a lovely show. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

July 31, 2010
6:22 AM

Post #8008288

thank you for sharing, love this thread!!!!
isaac

Happy_1

Happy_1
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2010
6:24 AM

Post #8008290

Yes, thank you so much. It is a trip to really another part of the world.

And what about that grandmother of yours? God Bless her. Four hours walking? YIKES!

Hap

Happy_1

Happy_1
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2010
6:25 AM

Post #8008291

One question...what were the containers in the Hommage aux Jardiniers pictures?

Hap
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

July 31, 2010
6:25 AM

Post #8008292

Hi Hap, how are you?

Happy_1

Happy_1
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2010
6:29 AM

Post #8008300

Great, Isaac.

Haven't seen you around lately. How have you been feeling? Where have you been hiding?

Hap
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

July 31, 2010
8:32 AM

Post #8008552

sorry for my absence, but i am doing absolutely wonderful! i am healthy, have been for a long time now! i am busy doing a gardening job at the moment, so exciting! its a holiday home of friends, and its right on the beach, and i mean RIGHT ON THE BEACH!! so its hard to find plants that my employers like and that will actually grow there.
but i am enjoying it so much, and its what i would like to do for a living, maybe. Landscaping, that is.
Hows your garden?
isaac
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 31, 2010
6:39 PM

Post #8009774

Hi all, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos! I really wish I could have gone again, but the show only spanned one weekend.
Hap, my grandmother is doing fine - in fact, she went back for another whack at the show with my mum and aunt. I only hope I'm as active when I get to be her age! The containers in Hommage aux Jardiniers are apparently the tops of wheelbarrows! The concept for that garden was a Noah's Ark of plants that runs aground on a distant land.
This picture depicts one of the displays in the 'Floral Windows' section of the show.

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Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

July 31, 2010
6:40 PM

Post #8009781

Here's another one of the 'Floral Windows'.

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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

August 1, 2010
12:47 AM

Post #8010259

Gangajay, those photos of C. maddidum were taken on Hinchinbrook Island, but they also grow up along the east coast of the mainland. I guess if you want to grow all those other Cymbidiums you might have to move across to the Cameron Highlands. :O)
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

August 1, 2010
12:53 AM

Post #8010260

In that last photo, up top looks like a Platycerium sp. If so, do you know which one?

Happy_1

Happy_1
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2010
5:02 AM

Post #8010359

God Bless her. You are all fortunate to have such a healthy grandmother.

I was wonderful about wheel barrows.

Thanks

Hap
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 1, 2010
8:56 PM

Post #8012330

Gorgeous pictures! Thank you for sharing!

Jeanne
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

August 2, 2010
4:34 AM

Post #8012617

Hi Tropicbreeze, unfortunately the plants in the floral windows section weren't labelled, so I can't help you with the ID. In any case, the picture isn't good enough to make a good guess. It looks a bit like bifurcatum to me, but I'm no expert. I might consider retiring to the Cameron Highlands one day - it's really beautiful up there.
Hap, aren't the wheelbarrows amazing? I love the wacky ideas the designers come up with. As for my gran, it's her birthday today. Bought her a handbag - she loves those. She's such a girl!
Hi Texasgal! Glad you liked them.
Ok here's one of my purchases from the festival - Cattleya Green Emerald. It has a really amazing scent.

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Happy_1

Happy_1
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2010
7:03 AM

Post #8012866

Please give her a BIG HUG for me.

Hap
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

August 5, 2010
3:54 AM

Post #8019647

Hey Hap,
Will do!
Here's another quirky orchid

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westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

August 5, 2010
4:09 AM

Post #8019658

BEAUTIFUL!
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

August 5, 2010
6:46 AM

Post #8019893

That last one has the form of a Habenaria. We have a number of Habenarias native here, ground dwellers.
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

August 8, 2010
5:27 PM

Post #8027520

Yes, it's Habenaria medusa. I saw some on sale, but I wasn't sure how easy they are to care for, so I decided not to get one. I've second-guessed that decision many times now! I have a couple of orchid books by local authors, but many of the others I see are by people living in temperate zones, and the advice they give on cultivation doesn't always work in the tropics. Here's encyclia alata - one of my purchases. A fantastic specimen of this species won the championship trophy at the orchid show. I couldn't get a close-up shot of it cos it was in a roped-off area to keep it away from rabid orchid fans.

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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

August 8, 2010
5:45 PM

Post #8027558

Our Habenarias grow and flower during the dry season, then die off for the dry season. They mostly grow in swampy or reasonably wet areas.
stellamarina
Laie, HI

August 9, 2010
11:15 AM

Post #8029094

Ah. Biennal...that means every two year right? or is it twice a year...? This is something I want to go see. Travel and a garden festival at the same time would be icing on the cake. Actually...I think I need to start googling for garden festivals before I make plans to go to any country from now on. Maybe Daves garden could have a site just for festival announcements! Thank you so much for putting these photos up. aloha
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

August 9, 2010
6:15 PM

Post #8030014

@Tropicbreeze: That's interesting. How defined is your dry season? I mean, here we have a so-called dry season but it still rains, just not as frequently. Is there a temperature difference as well?
@Stellamarina: Hi, nice to meet you. Yes, it's once every 2 years. I think having a site for festival announcements is a great idea! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

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Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 9, 2010
8:03 PM

Post #8030288

They are really lovely! I'm sure you will enjoy them!
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

August 21, 2010
11:17 PM

Post #8054738

Sorry Gangajay, I'm still away and have only just got back on the internet at an internet cafe. In my last post I should have said:

Our Habenarias grow and flower during the WET season, then die off for the dry season. They mostly grow in swampy or reasonably wet areas.

Don't know how I made that mistake. We have a very pronounced dry season, there's virtually no rain then. I say virtually no rain because this year we did get a little. That hasn't happened for many years.

Temperatures here depend a bit on whether you're on the coast of a bit further inland. Day temperarures are mostly higher than Singapore's (during the day) all year. Night temperatures are cooler than Singapore's during our dry season, but around the same during our wet season.
Gangajay
Marine Parade
Singapore

August 26, 2010
3:35 AM

Post #8062789

Hi Tropicbreeze, no problem. I've been busy myself. Hope you're having fun wherever you are!
The only part of Australia I've been to is Perth (and the outskirts). I was struck by how different the vegetation and the colours of the landscape were. It's an amazing place. It was pretty hot part of the time I was there. I think the temperature went up to 39C one day, but then a few days later it dropped to 20C!
It's funny you should mention the rain this year, because we've also had unexpectedly high rainfall for this time of year, and some flash floods as well. According to the meteorologists, it's because of the La Nina effect. I suppose that's affecting you too.
The liparis that I bought at the festival has developed a seed pod. It'll be interesting to see what happens.

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