Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) Orchid Show

 

Singapore, 21 April 2018 – The inaugural Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) Orchid Show was unveiled at the National Orchid Garden and other parts of the Singapore Botanic Gardens today, welcoming visitors to a wonderland of over 100 varieties of award-winning and heritage orchids from 21 – 29 April 2018.

The nine-day show pays tribute to Singapore’s long heritage as a leader in orchid breeding, and provides a platform for local professionals and enthusiasts to showcase their skills, while nurturing an appreciation for orchid growing in Singapore.

Today, the National Parks Board (NParks) also announced the establishment of the country’s first seed bank in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which will further bolster efforts in conserving orchids and native plants, as well as safeguard germplasm of threatened plant species in Southeast Asia. When completed, the seed bank will store seeds from up to 25,000 plant species. This is half the total number of seed plant species in Southeast Asia, and nearly triple the amount currently stored in the Garden’s living collection.

The SGF Orchid Show was officially launched at a ceremony graced by Mdm Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, who was hosted by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance. An offshoot of the flagship SGF, the event is a partnership between NParks and the Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA).

The SGF Orchid Show primes the country to play its role as host for the Asia Pacific Orchid Conference in 2022. It also coincides with the 125th anniversary of Singapore’s national flower, Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim (previously known as Vanda Miss Joaquim), adding special significance to the event.

Displays and plants in full bloom at the Orchid Plaza and National Orchid Garden

Over nine days, visitors to the Singapore Botanic Gardens will be wowed by 17 landscape displays at the Orchid Plaza. Amongst these are 13 competitive landscape displays created by local orchid growers and others from Asia Pacific countries.

Non-competitive showcases include “Celebrations!”, a special display that marks Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year. This presents some of the most beautiful and robust orchids native to ASEAN countries, as well as the commemorative Renanthera ASEAN 2018 orchid.

Just next to “Celebrations!” is “Orchid Splendour”, a creation by staff of the National Orchid Garden. “Orchid Splendour” mimics a freshwater swamp setting and features Singapore’s heritage orchids, including hybrids such as Aranthera Anne Black, Papilionanda Tan Chay Yan and Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim. There also are fragrant orchids – such as Papilionanda Mimi Palmer and Vandachostylis Janice Allison – which emit scents to attract pollinators and are used as ingredients in perfumes. Also incorporated in “Orchid Splendour” are other orchids which have been reintroduced to their natural habitat in the freshwater swamps of Singapore.

Alongside these are displays by members of OSSEA and the Singapore Orchid Growers’ Association.

In the National Orchid Garden, visitors will be greeted by an array of more than 700 of the region’s best orchid plants, competing for 38 heritage trophies. Of these, the finest are displayed at Burkill Hall, including the winner of the President’s Challenge Cup, which is awarded to the best plant in the show.

The main Singapore Garden Festival at Gardens by the Bay will take place from 21 July to 3 August 2018. For more information, please visit http://www.singaporegardenfestival.com or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SGGardenFest

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Singapore Garden Festival 2016 (SGF) at Gardens by the Bay

Singapore Garden Festival 2016 (SGF) at Gardens by the Bay

Singapore Garden Festival 2016, 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!

 

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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.

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The Festival has expanded beyond The Meadow and onto Bayfront Plaza, in addition to the Orchid Extravaganza at the Flower Dome.

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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.

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NDP 2016 (National Day Parade 2016 Preview 1)

National Day Parade 2016 marks the first year of the next fifty years of our Singapore Story. The theme “Building our Singapore of Tomorrow” was adopted by the NDP 16 EXCO as it points to the future and rally Singaporeans to action.DSC_4412.JPG

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DSC_4479.JPG3wheelingtots were there for the first Preview on 23 July 2016. It is a memory that never fades.DSC_4574.JPG

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This is the first year NDP was held in the new National Stadium. It has awesome lighting effects, clear surround sound, excellent use of hanging objects and flying capability. Most importantly, the place is air-conditioned and there are individual seats and ample toilet cubicles!
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DSC_4756a.jpgThe story “Badang” is beautifully crafted. The SOKA performance is memorable. And the “fireworks” inside the Stadium are fantastically displayed.

A 6-minutes highlights of NDP 16’s 1st Preview Show!

 

Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe

DSC_2833facebook.jpgSoek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe is situated beside Seletar Airport and on the first level of MAJ Aviation Building at Seletar Aerospace!

It has experience of dinning while watching private planes take off and land along the Seletar Airport runway.

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Over 20 classic and modern classic bicycles are displayed in the cafe.

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The cafe’s dining menu is predominantly Western style, with dishes such as Fish & Chips and Chicken Chop. In addition, there are also Asian options like Katsu Don and Beef Rendang to cater to different tastebuds.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/SoekSeng1954…

 

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ArtScience Museum – Marina Bay Sands Future World: Where Art Meets Science

Inspire your imagination at Future World, the new permanent exhibition at ArtScience Museum. Explore a fully immersive 1500-square-metre digital universe, where 16 spectacular art installations are brought to life and evolve in real-time through visitor presence and participation. Be amazed as this stunning interactive world responds to your behavior, and changes according to your creative input!

To ensure that all visitors have ample and quality time to interact with each artwork, admission times are as follows: 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm (last entry). Please note that during peak hours, a queue may be expected at the exhibition entrance. Visitors will be allowed into the exhibition as soon as we can accommodate.

For a smooth and pleasant visit to the Museum, we recommend that tickets be purchased online (http://entertainment.marinabaysands.c…) prior to your visit. Apart from ArtScience Museum’s Box Office, tickets are also available at the MasterCard Theatres Box Office (B1, Marina Bay Sands).

 

 

Marine Cove, East Coast Park – Playground and Cafes

Thinking about what to do this weekend? Head down to Marine Cove at East Coast Park (nearest carpark is C2). It has five family-friendly F&B outlets including Babalicious, Hill Street Coffee Shop, McDonald’s (with its first dessert bar), My Briyani House and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® – Singapore.

The very very large children’s playground is equipped with a range of play equipment suitable for children of different ages. There is a three-storey play tower, which comes with three slides of different levels and a long rope bridge, for children between 5 and 12 years old. For children aged 2 to 5, there is a play area that comes with gradual slopes, mini slides, talking tubes, fun mirrors and a drum set.

The playground also has inclusive play equipment for children of different abilities to play together. This includes special needs equipment such as sensory play panels.

Young children will be spoilt for choice at this playground, and guaranteed “energy-draining”! Be sure to let your kids wear covered sports shoes and no-skirts/dresses for your girls.

Sentosa Fun Fest

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Sentosa Fun Fest 2016

School holidays are here, and if you are looking for some great Family Fun, nothing beats having a Mega Beach Festival right here in Singapore’s Sentosa. Experience endless fun with larger-than-life inflatables, water based adventures, obstacle courses and more. Navigate through kids-friendly inflatable maze, challenge your limits in the Bungee Run, plunge yourself into bubbling Foam Pools!

From 29 May to 5 June 2016, head on to Palawan Green (Beach Station) with your friends and families. Do bring a set of dry clothes for a change!

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