Thursday, 24 July 2008

Singapore Garden Festival 2008

I arrived at the Garden Festival just after 10am to find a long line of visitors at the ticketing booth. There were retirees, school students, foreigners and people from all walks of life. The floral displays were impressive but the warm lighting in the exhibition hall made it really difficult for me to capture good photographs using my compact camera. Here are some of the better ones. Enjoy!

This is the winning entry by Peter Cheok. The clever lighting and arrangement really produced a mesmerising effect, like you're underwater!

A closer view. I was curious to find out what that plant with big green leaves is called. It's the first time I've seen this. I even wonder if it is real.

This is another nice entry featuring musical instruments in the background.

I love this safari inspired creation. The choice of plants and flowers used is excellent. Unfortunately I couldn't get any good shots.

This is a very cottage-like display. It's very green and natural, unlike most of the other colourful creations.

Yup, this is by a landscape designer from China.

One of the designers used lots of gigantic pitcher plants to create a miniature tropical rainforest complete with swamp and lichen.

This is one design I could replicate for my patio.

I even found my favourite hanging bubble chairs in one of the displays!

There's a photo exhibition by Kwek Leng Joo too.

Students from a primary school created parachutes and lollipops using orchids. Aren't they clever?

Ikea showcased some of their 2009 gardenware. Really impressive range I must say.
Right after the show, I went to my customer's office nearby. After the meeting, I had to hurry back to pick SK, so I couldn't go to Ikea. While walking towards my car, I saw a new shop across the road selling nice accessories for the home. I popped in for a quick look just to satisfy my curiosity. If I can't have Ikea, Friven will do too.


The World According To Me said...

Some people are so clever!

I remember the bubble chair.

Great pics. Going to have another look at them now...

La delirante said...

Beautiful. I loved the picture of the cottage and the one of the Chinese designer :) I liked them all now that I think about it :)

Amel's Realm said...

WOW!!! BRILLIANT designs! I'm VERY impressed! :-))))

shello said...

hello! i think i have just about caught up.
happy belated birthday CH! i cannot believe i missed that.
love your photos.
love, love, love your new office!

Blur Ting said...

Oops, I just read in the newspapers today, that 'cottage' is actually a replica of an old chapel in Ireland where the designer proposed to his his wife.

Blur Ting said...

Hi Shello! Thanks. You've got good taste, so I am absolutely pleased!