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Top international designers to gather at Singapore Garden Festival 2018

Tom Massey will join 30 other award-winning designers from around the world to compete at Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2018. In its seventh edition, the biennial event has established itself as a premier tropical garden and flower show, where garden and floral designers with at least one top interantional accolade in the past two to three years are invited to participate.

Tom Massey will be participating in SGF for the first-time, and in the Fantasy Garden Category. Although a relative newcomer to the industry, Tom’s work has already won him multiple industry awards and widespread recognition. In 2015, Pro Landscaper magazine named him as one of the inaugural ’30 Under 30’; thirty people under thirty years of age who show outstanding potential within the landscape industry. In January 2016 Tom won both the residential and commercial design categories of the ‘Society of Garden Designers – Student Awards’.

In July 2016, Tom was awarded an RHS Gold Medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ for his first show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – The UNHCR ‘Border Control’ Garden. Tom returned to RHS Hampton Court in 2017 with a garden for the charity Perennial, which was awarded an RHS Silver-Gilt medal. Before his appearance at SGF in July, Tom will be appearing for the first time on Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with a show garden designed for the Lemon Tree Trust.

On being invited to exhibit at the Singapore Garden Festival, Tom said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to be asked to exhibit at the Singapore Garden Festival and to follow in the footsteps of the other UK based designers who have participated in recent years. I was thrilled when the invitation came through and it was inspiring to visit the island in February, to source plants and materials for my design. I am participating in the Fantasy Garden category which is set within a blacked out tent, this is a challenge as lighting will play a key role in the design. The other challenge is familiarising myself with the plants available in Singapore, the pallette is completely different from what I am used to working with in the UK.”

Tom’s design will focus on climate change and the threat of rising sea levels to the island of Singapore.

The garden will feature on a vulnerable island filled with diverse tropical vegetation, including unusual Singaporean plants and a beautiful mature tree, surrounded by dark and foreboding water. A huge vivid sun will light the island from behind, bathing it in a vivid glow.

The island represents Singapore, the plants its diverse Inhabitants, the glowing sun symbolises the warming climate, the water, the threat of rising sea levels.

As a low-lying island, rising sea levels due to climate change pose an immediate threat to Singapore. By the year 2100 the average sea level off Singapore could increase by up to 1 metre while Singapore’s average temperature is projected to rise by 2.7 to 4.2 °C. According to the worst possible projection, sea levels could rise by more than 6 meters by the year 2500. Water, an essential part of life, could bring disaster within this century and beyond.

SGF 2018 – bringing together globally recognised names for a floral extravaganza

Happening at Gardens by the Bay from 21 July to 3 August, SGF 2018 will gather top international designers for three star components – Landscape Gardens, Fantasy Gardens, and Floral Windows to the World.

As anchor displays, the Fantasy and Landscape Gardens will bring together celebrated luminaries from 11 countries for a showcase of creativity and horticulture excellence in 80 sqm show gardens. Separately, Floral Windows to the World will feature colourful and vibrant floral masterpieces complemented with stunning set design and lighting, by notable floral artists from around the world. For each competition, judges can hand out Gold, Silver and Bronze medals with the overall winner being awarded the “Best of Show” title.

As an international flower show, SGF 2018 will feature the new ASEAN Garden, a special feature to mark Singapore’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year. This non-competitive display will comprise a myriad of colourful blossoms symbolic of Southeast Asian nations, including lotuses, hibiscuses and orchids.

Another crowd favourite, the Orchid Extravaganza will place a spotlight on the world’s largest family of flowering plants and one of the most important plant groups in the international horticulture industry. The Secret Garden of Edibles will also allow visitors to enjoy a sensory experience with fruits and vegetables from temperate climates.

SGF blossoms into a stable of three signature shows

Having established itself as a premier garden show since it was first launched in 2006, the SGF brand will grow into three complementary flower and horticulture shows – SGF Orchid Show and SGF Horticulture Show – an indication of the Festival’s popularity amongst Singaporeans, international visitors and industry professionals.

The SGF Orchid Show, a partnership between Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks) and the Orchid Society of Southeast Asia, will acquaint visitors with this family of flowers through talks and demonstrations, orchid landscape displays and award-winning orchid plants. With its first show in April 2018, the SGF Orchid Show will prime Singapore to play its role as a host for the Asia Pacific Orchid Conference in 2022.

In early 2019, SGF Horticulture Show will have its first run, an opportunity for Singapore-based industry partners and students to showcase their expertise in areas like landscape design, horticulture skills such as growing and cultivating plants, and skyrise greenery. During the show period, Singapore will welcome delegates of the seventh International Symposium on the Taxonomy of Cultivated Plants.

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