Launch of Singapore Garden Festival 2018 at Takashimaya Square.
Chanced on this while strolling about town this evening. This exhibition/display isn’t the actual Singapore Garden Festival 2018; that’s to happen in July. Instead, it’s the official launch. In the form of activities and competitions spread over four days.
According to displays, the chief highlight for this Ngee Ann City event was the setting up of a “Guinness World Record floral installation.” I presumed this to be the huge centrepiece in the middle of the square. Positively bursting with every type of orchid imaginable, this was certainly more eye-catching than everything else, including the extravagant stage.
Note: The installation is probably going to “grow” further, given the event is scheduled for March 9th too.
The other highlight of the day was an aesthetic competition titled Floral Windows to the World. As I was there after eight, the competition was long over. Luckily, the masterpieces created by the floral designers remained on display.
I will … also admit that I’m rather numb to floral arrangements, having never been interested my whole life. And so I can only use cliques like “nice, “like,” etc. (Bleah)
That said, I do understand it’s a difficult art. From my previous line of work, I’ve learned that establishing order/beauty within randomness is easily one of the hardest aesthetic skills. Thus, I have only the deepest respect for the contestants of Floral Windows to the World.
The event is ongoing at Takashimaya Square (Ngee Ann City Basement 2) till Sunday March 11,, 2018. Each day, there would be activities such as talks, Ikebana demonstrations, Wushu performances, and so on.
If you’re into orchids and in Singapore during then, you might also like to check out the SGF Orchid Show 2018. This is scheduled for April 21 to 29, 2018 at the National Orchid Gardens.
Read my other Singapore festivals posts.
Update May 30, 2018
It’s still nearly two months before Singapore Garden Festival 2018 begins. But the following display has popped up outside Ngee Ann City.