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Singapore Garden Festival goes out into the sun

The Singapore Garden Festival will be held outdoors for the first time at Gardens by the Bay in August. For designers, this means the sky is the limit.

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Garden Festival will be held outdoors for the first time at Gardens by the Bay in August.

Gardens by the Bay will be the home for subsequent runs of this festival.

For designers, this means the sky is the limit.

Dennis Lim Kiat Fong, deputy director of the Singapore Garden Festival, said: "Visitors will be able to see the impressive garden designs especially our landscape gardens -- the designers can go as high as 8 to 9 metres tall, which we were not able to do in the convention centre.

"Visitors can see impressive displays, they can see impressive tall trees and the tropical planting and the landscape."

Kids got their hands dirty at the launch of the festival on Thursday. They, along with students and staff from the National Parks Board, potted some 1,000 plants which were given out to the public as part of the "Share a Plant" campaign.

Another 4,000 potted plants will be distributed over the next four days, beginning at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on Friday morning. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, HortPark and Raffles Place Park will follow soon after.

Organisers hope that the campaign will breed a gardening spirit among people. They hope those who collected the plants will nurture it and bring the matured plants back to the festival to be showcased, as well as learn a tip or two from the designs showcased at the festival.

Mr Lim said that the small plants can be used to create mini gardens.

He added: "They can create beautiful container gardens... We want them to use the plant, create their own garden, a little container garden and bring the garden back to the festival and we will display them."

Dr Kiat W. Tan, an advisor to NParks and CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said: "(The designers) are very creative people that have shown that they are the top in their profession, so the ideas that they will show in their designs are ideas that we can pinch.

"Take a look at what they do with the flowers, with the leaves and the foliage and the plants and see whether we can adapt it to use in our own situations at home, to make our environment so much better."

The Singapore Garden Festival will be open from August 16 to 24. Tickets to the event, ranging from S$5 to S$18, go on sale on Thursday.

This is the 5th edition of the biennial event and organisers expect around 100,000 visitors.

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