Thursday, 11 September 2014

Mid Autumn decorations in Chinatown

Chinatown in Singapore is again decorated with lanterns to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. This years theme is "Blooming Mid Autumn" and 3100 lanterns in the shapes of Orchid flowers decorate New Bridge Rd and South Bridge Rd.
The lanterns are on display till the 28th of September and draw large crowds of people at night.



The main lantern centrepiece 


Lanterns along New Bridge Rd



Closeup of lanterns



Closeup of lanterns


New Bridge Rd.


New Bridge Rd.



New Bridge Rd.



Shophouses and lanterns




South Bridge Rd.


South Bridge Rd.


South Bridge Rd.



South Bridge Rd.


South Bridge Rd.




Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Singapore Garden Festival 2014

Singapore's biennial Garden Festival was held at the Meadow at Gardens by the Bay for the first time this August. Previous festivals have being held at the Suntec Convection Centre. The festival featured show gardens created by international landscape and garden designers, floral displays and Penjing competitions. Penjing is the ancient Chinese art of depicting artistically formed trees, other plants, and landscapes in miniature.
Gardens by the Bay were a magnificent backdrop to the wonderful show gardens and displays as well as the many market stores selling horticultural items. As many Singapore residents live in high-rise apartments and their gardens are confined to their balconies a large section of show balconies were on display to give inspiration.
The show was hugely successful with over 300,000 people visiting the show over the 9 days the festival was on.






Colourful advertising



Cup and saucer planters


A spinning lion


Lots of displays to keep children entertained



Drum planters filled with orchids




Carnival by the Bay Garden



Tinpot man



Sacred Garden was the Gold award winner


Australian Garden by Jim Fogarty



Vertical by Australian Designer Brendan Moar


Japanese Wind  by Yamaguchi Yosuke


Full Circle by English designer  Andrew Sturgeon






Silver Medal winner Layered Spaces by American designer Joe Palimeno




 Layered Spaces by American designer Joe Palimeno





Crocheted trees



Crocheted trees






Grasshoppers




Orchid lady



Green model


Orchids and butterfly




Jute butterflies


Balcony garden


Balcony garden




Penjing display


Penjing display


Penjing display


Penjing display




Fantasy garden