I visited the Singapore Garden Festival today. It was great! It's a biennial festival, featuring garden displays and the orchid show.
Singapore Garden Festival 2010
'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.
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
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.
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: 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.
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.
Keep those pictures coming Gangajay if you have any more to share and bless your grandmothers heart for being such a trooper.
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.