SINGAPORE, The Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) Orchid Show, was unveiled here on Saturday, at the Singapore Botanical Gardens, presenting more than 700 of the region's best orchid plants.

The National Orchid Garden, inside the Singapore Botanical Gardens, houses more than 700 orchid plants, to greet visitors and to compete for 38 heritage trophies. Those orchids fall into over 100 varieties of award-winning and heritage orchids, among which is the Aranda Lee Kuan Yew, which was named in 2015, after Singapore's founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

There are 17 orchid landscape displays at the Orchid Plaza, 13 of which are competitive landscape displays, created by local orchid growers and others from Asia Pacific countries. On show is also a special display to mark Singapore's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year, featuring orchids native to ASEAN countries.

Jointly organised by Singapore's National Parks Board (NParks) and the Orchid Society of South East Asia, the nine-day show pays tribute to Singapore's long history of orchid-breeding, and provides a platform for local professionals and enthusiasts to share their skills.

Singapore President, Halimah Yacob, and Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, Lawrence Wong, attended the opening ceremony.

Wong said in his speech that, orchids are an integral part of the Singaporean identity, as well as, one of the most diverse plant families in the world.

Launched in 2006, the biennial SGF will enter its seventh edition this year.

Source: NAM News Network