Singapore Garden Festival 2019 Horticulture Show

Enter a magical world of exciting garden designs and exquisite floral creations as Singapore goes into full bloom this July at the Singapore Garden Festival 2019. Whether you are a serious gardener, hobbyist or just looking for a wonderful day out with the family, you are in for delightful treats at the Festival. This year’s Festival promises to be more spectacular than ever before, with the festival making its return in 2019 with the inaugural SGF Horticulture Show in April! 

You’re probably no stranger to the SGF, which is in its 8th year running. It’s also a pretty record-breaking event too – the event welcomed more than 600,000 local and international visitors in 2018!

SGF Horticulture Show

Let the inaugural SGF Horticulture Show take your breath away! Outstanding horticultural displays will be up from 27 April to 5 May 2019 and admission will be free. The nine-day event will take place once every two years in a bid to nurture interest in horticulture and provide an opportunity for the local community and industry partners to demonstrate their expertise, while students and community gardeners hone their skills.


To be held in the upcoming Jurong Lake Gardens, the SGF Horticulture Show will feature competitive and non-competitive elements. Check out some of these event highlights!

What’s New This Year?

A new Horticultural Competition will provide an avenue for plant enthusiasts and growers alike to showcase their horticulture skills across nine categories. Whether you’re an amateur or professional, submit your aroids, begonias, bromeliads, carnivorous plants, edible plants, ferns, flowering plants, gesneriads and succulents to compete for the challenge cup and medals. Submissions for the competition are open now until 25 April 2019 (Thursday)!

Other key competitions include the Vertical Greenery Competition where innovative vertical garden installations based on the theme of “Into the next dimension” will offer refreshing approaches for Singapore’s urban landscaping.

Not to be missed is the new Aquascape Display and Competition where visitors can feast their eyes on beautiful underwater garden landscapes for the first time.

With more than 100 terrariums by students and community gardeners, My Mini Eden will showcase how gardening can be done indoors with limited space and inspire aspiring green thumbs to take greater interest in greening – even the exhibition area will be transformed into a larger-than-life terrarium!

Get ready to also be captivated by non-competitive events. The magical world of Miniature Settings will see local talents from NParks and various Institutes of Higher Learning tell a myriad of stories through scaled dioramas filled with plants.

Separately, Beautiful Bonsai will showcase eye-catching bonsai specimens from Jurong Lake Gardens, local bonsai collectors and nurseries, with some dating back to 1712. Historical indeed.

Complementing the horticultural displays, the popular SGF Marketplace will make its return, offering green fingers a variety of plants, gardening and horticultural products, as well as food and drinks.

While the nine-day SGF Hort Show opens from 10am to 7pm, look forward to weekend performances at Jurong Lake Gardens after the show!

Can’t wait to learn more? Follow SGF on Facebook today!


Free Events for Park Lovers in Singapore (April to June 2019)

Art in Nature
Programme Code: AC019

If you have been drawing or painting for years and are looking for a new challenge, join us at this workshop. Volunteer leader Jerome Pang will guide you in developing your skills while raising your awareness on conservation and native biodiversity. Please bring along your own art materials. To register, email

Free, every 3rd Saturday of the month
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, 9am – 12pm
19 JAN • 16 FEB • 16 MAR • 20 APR • 18 MAY • 15 JUN

Nature Sketching in the Gardens
Programme Code: AC029

Enjoy nature creatively through this engaging, fun and therapeutic activity. Join our volunteer artist, Tham Pui San, as he guides you in acquiring drawing and observational skills to equip you for an interesting journey of nature appreciation. Please bring along your own sketching materials.

Register 15 minutes prior to the tour in person at Visitor Centre (Nassim Gate), Singapore Botanic Gardens or email

Free, every 3rd Saturday of odd months
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Centre (Nassim Gate), 9am – 11am
19 JAN • 16 MAR • 18 MAY

Heritage Tour
Programme Code: AC039

The Singapore Botanic Gardens dates back to 1859. Learn about the grand old trees and characters that have shaped the Gardens through the years during this guided walk. For groups larger than 20, please register at least 14 days in advance. Register 15 minutes prior to the tour in person at Visitor Services Counter (Tanglin Gate), Singapore, Botanic Gardens, or email

Free, every 4th Saturday of the month
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Counter (Tanglin Gate), 9am – 10.30am
26 JAN • 23 FEB • 23 MAR • 27 APR • 25 MAY • 22 JUN

NParks Concert Series in the Park: Concerts at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Programme Code: CP909

Performances in the Gardens are free, and NParks welcomes you to pack a picnic basket and relax amid the lush surroundings of Palm Valley. NParks hosts jazz and classical groups about twice a month on Saturdays or Sundays. For more details and further updates, please refer to NParks’ calendar of events online at

6 Apr, 6pm – 7pm: Music Oasis 2019 

12 May, 6pm – 7pm: SSO Mother’s Day Concert
15 Jun, 6pm – 7pm: Singapore Lyric Opera
Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

NParks Live Out Loud: Battle of the Bands 2019
Programme Code: LOL

NParks’ open mic programme for local amateur performers, Live Out Loud (LOL), enters its fourth season with a bang! Join us every second Saturday of the month at Parkland Green (East Coast Park) to catch 16 bands jam their hearts out in our Battle of the Bands competition, for a chance to win professional training sessions and perform at NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra®! Audience votes matter. YOU have a say in who wins, so gather your friends and family for a party by the beach and help us
discover Singapore’s next big music talent!

Free, every 2nd Saturday of the month (May – Jun)
East Coast Park, Parkland Green, 6.30pm – 8.30am
11 MAY • 8 JUN

NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra®
Programme Code: ROCK

The NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra® is a series of free outdoor concerts aiming to inspire and encourage the development of the local music scene. The concerts will shine the spotlight and serve as a platform for Singapore’s homegrown talents, where both established and budding musicians can showcase their music.

27 Apr, Jurong Lake Gardens, 6.30pm till late

1 Jun, Fort Canning Park, 6.30pm till late

Singapore Botanic Gardens Market Square
Programme Code: GD019

Bring your family and friends for a weekend of scrumptious bites and plant shopping at the Market Square, Orchid Plaza in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Each weekend will comprise different food stalls and plant vendors. Afterwards, relax and unwind as you enjoy a concert in the evening.

Free, every 1st weekend of the month
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Orchid Plaza, 9am – 7.30pm
5 & 6 JAN • 2 & 3 FEB
2 & 3 MAR • 6 & 7 APR
4 & 5 MAY • 1 & 2 JUN

Gardeners’ Day Out (GDO)
Programme Code: GD029

Join us for a day of gardening fun at HortPark – The Gardening Hub. Highlights at Gardeners’ Day Out include our Gardeners’ Market, free talks and demonstrations, free garden tours of HortPark and kids’ activities like storytelling and arts and craft! Admission to the event is free but selected workshops and talks are chargeable.

Free, every 3rd Saturday of the month except Apr
HortPark, 9am – 3pm
19 JAN • 16 FEB •16 MAR • 18 MAY • 15 JUN

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Guided Tour
Programme Code: NR019

Learn about the diverse plants and animals found in the various habitats of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. There is a different theme every week! This guided walk is suitable for everyone, including families with children. Registration is required with a maximum of 20 people per session, on a first-come, first-served basis. Register two Fridays before the scheduled date at

Free, every Saturday, 9.30am – 11am
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Guided Intertidal Walk at Sisters’ Islands Marine Park and St. John’s Island
Programme Code: NR029

The intertidal area at Sisters’ Islands Marine Park is most suitable for visiting during low tides of 0.4 metres and below – this is when you will be able to see the shore teeming with marine life as the area will be submerged under water at higher tides. Follow the nature guides to discover the Marine Park’s rich biodiversity. The St. John’s Island Land Trail Guided Walk will lead you on an exploration of the island. On your journey, you will have many enriching encounters with both nature and history. Visitors will also learn about the Marine Park at a Public Gallery in the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre, a collaboration between National Parks Board and the Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore. Register at

Free, twice a month during low tides
Sisters’ Islands Marine Park
Dependant on low tide

Free, every 1st Saturday of the month, St. John’s Island, 10am
5 JAN • 2 FEB • 2 MAR
6 APR • 4 MAY • 1 JUN