Gardens by the Bay showcased 150 new plant cultivars on Thursday (June 30) in Southeast Asia's first flower trial aimed at diversifying plant sources and showcasing cultivars that can grow well in the tropical climate.

The Gardens, as well as local nurseries, were hit by disruptions to the supply chains of potted plants from overseas caused by Covid-19. The experience highlighted the importance of diversifying plant sources, said Gardens by the Bay deputy chief executive officer Lee Kok Fatt at the event.

Flower trials let breeders showcase their new products for industry players to view and procure, and such events are highly anticipated within the horticulture industries in the United States and Europe. Holding such a trial in Singapore expands the supply options available to the horticulture industry here and the region, Mr. Lee, 48, added.

Thursday's flower trial was attended by more than 120 growers, landscapers, and distributors from Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.

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