Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) is one of the best international garden and flower show in Asia. It is a biennial event organized by Singapore National ParksBoard . In the festival, the Landscape & Fantasy Gardens are the most enchanting garden displays, which are created by local designers and top award-winning designers from renowned garden shows around the world. Due to the success of "Between Sky and Earth”in the 2011 Chaumont-Sur-Loire Garden Festival, we were invited to design a “Fantasy Garden”in the 2012 SGF.
The garden, which size is 10 m x 10 m, is located in the interior of Suntec Singapore's International Convention and Exhibition Centre. As before, we want to show the spatial variation and poetic characteristic of Chinese tradition garden in a small area. The final scheme is a romantic and Zen garden, and we hope it would bring people peace and named it as "Garden of Hearts".
White veil twines ring upon ring and winds through green bamboos, where a garden of hearts lies. Its mystery seduces people rambling into it to explore something. Setting against the gray gravel pavement and green bamboo, this cloudlike veil is of transcendent purity, and its mazy space guides its appreciator gradually away from the secular society and into this Zen garden. Through various twists and turns, and even confusion looms, people finally come to the center of the garden. In the middle of the dancing white veil is a peaceful water pool, with beautiful lotus in full bloom, pure, lovely and nice-smelling. The mirror-like pool reflects the lotus, green bamboo and white veil, as if there is another world in the water. Not only in the pool, the lotus blossoms also in the heart of each person, bringing people a quiet, touched and insightful mind. Still tortuous the path to leave is, people already find their inner peace and calm away from the secular worries. Looking back, this utopia world disappears in a mist. While the people, in the quiet time, will miss the lotus in their hearts.