I was quite surprised to find out that my team’s (Hort Outreach) work at HortPark was highlighted in the latest annual report of the National Parks Board (NParks). The report has gone environmentally-friendly and hence electronic! One can access it via clicking on the following URL:
The article of interest is entitled ‘Green inspiration’ and can be found under the ‘Programmes’ tab. The exact URL is as follows:
In the article, you will be able to read the following text:
HortPark brings together gardening-related recreational, educational, research and retail activities.
Since its launch in May 2008, HortPark has been abuzz with programmes to encourage a greater interest in gardening. Through creative themes and colourful displays, it has been constantly inspiring gardening buffs with new ideas.
Visitors were treated to a sensorial experience in March 2009 when a showcase of perfumery plants was put on display to let the public learn more about fragrant flora.
Talks spanning a wide range of topics were also held regularly, including one on vertical gardens and another on growing insect-eating carnivorous plants.
In collaboration with HortPark, my team from Hort Outreach has been dishing out gardening-related programmes that are aimed to inspire fellow Singaporeans to take up the gardening hobby or how they can be better gardeners. Every two months, we brainstorm for ideas to put up an educational thematic showcase at the Lifestyle Corner where visitors of HortPark can browse at their own leisure. There, we also put up gardening-related products, plants and display ideas that will be useful and of interest to home gardeners.
We also conducted gardening talks regularly as well as a range of workshops such as the ‘Fantastic Terrarium’ and ‘Start Your First Plant’ that present gardening in a fun manner and it is hoped that participants of these workshops can make greenery part of their lifestyle.
Guided tours of HortPark and various theme gardens are also available for signing up! My team is currently involved in two display plots, namely, Kampong Daze (Fruit Tree and Fruited Vegetable Garden) and Herb and Spice Garden in HortPark. We are always on the constant look out for interesting plants to grow and showcase to visitors to HortPark.
Last but not least, we also help to answer gardening queries from the public and contribute articles to free NParks’ e-newsletter, My Green Space, which one can access via the following link: