A maximum of 30 participants attended the recent gardening workshop entitled ‘Success with Western Cooking Herbs’ that was conducted at HortPark on 23 Jan 2010. It was the first gardening workshop in a series that was crafted to enhance horticulture excellence among Singapore gardeners. Topics covered will be those that will be more relevant to local gardeners. For this workshop, I was surprised by the great turnout and hope that the workshop had been an enjoyable and fruitful experience for all.
I was the instructor of this first workshop and shared with my participants some tricks that will enable them to successfully grow popular Mediterranean culinary herbs in tropical Singapore. With the lack of a local supply of potted culinary herb plants, participants got to learn how they can start their first herb plants from materials bought from the local grocer. Each participant got to bring home a pot of culinary (not commonly available in local nurseries), some pre-mixed soil, herb seeds, rooting powder and a CD containing the workshop presentation slides. Even though 3h was a little long, there is still insufficient to cover such a broad topic. I will work into future workshops more hands-on session.
For those of you who missed this first workshop, do look forward to a second run that is planned to take place in the second half of this year. Gardening enthusiasts can look forward to attend other basic gardening workshops in the series which include basic plant propagation techniques, pest and disease identification and management, high-rise gardening and starting your first outdoor garden.