It was my turn again to deliver a talk for this year’s series of gardening sharing sessions at the libraries that was a collaborative effort between Green Culture Singapore, National Parks Board and National Library Board. The topic of the talk was “Create a Balcony Garden” and the session took place at the Toa Payoh Community Library.
It has been a long while since I been to Toa Payoh Community Library and the trip there was kind of nostalgic for me because I used to visit this library quite often when I was young. This library was the nearest one for me when I still lived at Geylang Bahru and it was the one that nurtured my gardening interest. I borrowed quite a lot of gardening-related books from this library to read while I was still a Primary School kid.
It was a rainy afternoon and I was taken aback when I saw the a long queue waiting outside the room which I was supposed be in to deliver the talk. I reckon the crowd was formed due to the advertisement that was put up on today’s Straits Times Life! section. Many participants were said to have come all the way from the extreme ends of the Singapore island to come listen to my talk, despite the wet weather. The room was totally packed and there was no standing room when I started my talk.
Mr and Mrs Ng Cheow Kheng, Mr Albert Quek (2nd Prize Winner of the Balcony Category of the Community in Bloom Awards 2008) and my members, namely, Teresa, Karen, Richmond, Xuan Hong, were also there to support me. I am very touched and grateful for their attendence.
My talk was a straight-forward one where in the first half, I shared with my audience the important environmental factors that must not be taken for granted when one tries to do some gardening in an apartment balcony area. In the second half, I shared with everyone the top three winning entries of the Balcony Garden Category in this year’s Community in Bloom Awards.
Using the three very different but excellent balcony gardens as examples, I shared with the audience how their respective owners were able to have successful and beautiful balcony gardens. I explained how they have cleverly chosen the right type of plants that were suitable for growing in their balconies. The owners have not only thriving plants but the landscape that resulted was visually appealling and something that the owner can manage and upkeep. I hope my audience enjoyed my talk and benefited from the tips I have shared during the session.
After the talk, Cheow Kheng and his wife and several of my members gathered at the MacDonald’s restaurant for a drink and some chit-chat. I enjoyed the time we had together very much because such meetings allow those of us who already know each other the opportunity to catch up with each other while for the newer members, it served as a time for them to get to know fellow members as well.
I would like to thank Community in Bloom for giving me the permission to use the pictures of the three prize-winning balconies from the Balcony Category in the recent Community in Bloom Awards.