New landscape, horticulture trade show to debut in Singapore next year

THE LANDSCAPE Industry Association Singapore (LIAS), Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects, National Parks Board (Nparks) and Singex Group have come together to launch GreenUrbanScape Asia, a trade exhibition and conference event that will take place in Singapore from November 7-9, 2013.

Describing GreenUrbanScape Asia as a “real milestone for the local horticulture and landscape industry”, John Tan, LIAS chairman, told TTGmice e-Weekly that the biennial event would help position Singapore as a hub for international exchange in related technologies, knowledge and products.

“The opening of Gardens by the Bay and the success of the Singapore Garden Festival are among the reasons why we wanted to develop such a trade show”, said Tan, who believes that the new attraction in Marina Bay will entice industry experts to visit Singapore.

Meanwhile, LIAS and Npark’s Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) debuted the two-day International Landscape Industry Association Summit on July 9. The summit featured keynotes by experts in the field, courses and site inspections. While 60 international delegates had registered for the summit, several walk-ins on the opening day pushed attendance beyond 80, said Tan.

Speaking at the summit’s opening, Teva Raj, Nparks director of industry & CUGE, noted that Singapore’s horticulture and landscape industry generated S$1.2 billion (US$946 million), or around 0.45 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2008. This figure is expected to grow by 4-6 per cent annually.

“It is important to leverage on Singapore’s image as a garden city to develop this industry,” he said.

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