LCGD Graduate at the Singapore Garden Festival

LCGD graduate Tom Massey joined 30 other award-winning designers from around the world to compete at Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2018. In its seventh edition, the biennial event has established itself as a premier tropical garden and flower show, where garden and floral designers with at least one top interantional accolade in the past two to three years are invited to participate.

Tom will be participating in SGF for the first-time, and in the Fantasy Garden Category. Although a relative newcomer to the industry, Tom’s work has already won him multiple industry awards and widespread recognition. In 2015, Pro Landscaper magazine named him as one of the inaugural ’30 Under 30’; thirty people under thirty years of age who show outstanding potential within the landscape industry. In January 2016 Tom won both the residential and commercial design categories of the ‘Society of Garden Designers – Student Awards’.

In July 2016, Tom was awarded an RHS Gold Medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ for his first show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – The UNHCR ‘Border Control’ Garden. Tom returned to RHS Hampton Court in 2017 with a garden for the charity Perennial, which was awarded an RHS Silver-Gilt medal. Before his appearance at SGF in July, Tom will be appearing for the first time on Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with a show garden designed for the Lemon Tree Trust.

On being invited to exhibit at the Singapore Garden Festival, Tom said:

“It is a fantastic opportunity to be asked to exhibit at the Singapore Garden Festival and to follow in the footsteps of the other UK based designers who have participated in recent years. I was thrilled when the invitation came through and it was inspiring to visit the island in February, to source plants and materials for my design. I am participating in the Fantasy Garden  category which is set within a blacked out tent, this is a challenge as lighting will play a key role in the design. The other challenge is familiarising myself with the plants available in Singapore, the pallette is completely different from what I am used to working with in the UK.”

 Tom’s design focussed on climate change and the threat of rising sea levels to the island of Singapore.

The garden featured  a vulnerable island filled with diverse tropical vegetation, including unusual Singaporean plants and a beautiful mature tree, surrounded by dark and foreboding water. A huge vivid sun lit the island from behind, bathing it in a vivid glow.

The island represents Singapore, the plants its diverse Inhabitants, the glowing sun symbolises the warming climate, the water, the threat of rising sea levels.

As a low-lying island, rising sea levels due to climate change pose an immediate threat to Singapore. By the year 2100 the average sea level off Singapore could increase by up to 1 metre while Singapore’s average temperature is projected to rise by 2.7 to 4.2 °C. According to the worst possible projection, sea levels could rise by more than 6 meters by the year 2500. Water, an essential part of life, could bring disaster within this century and beyond.

The garden was awarded a gold medal and an additional prize for the best indoor lighting design.

Our thanks to Tom for supplying the image of the garden.