HortPark | A Garden Fantasy!

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HortPark | A Garden Fantasy!

Facts about HorkPark Singapore:

  • HortPark is a 23-hectare regional park in South-Western Singapore.
  • It has hosted GardenTech events almost every year.
  • GardenTech was officially opened on October 24, 2002.

If you’ve ever wanted to surround yourself with all things “gardening”, then HortPark would be your dream come true!  This park will give you 23-hectares of recreation and education on everything that has to do with plants.  It provides a framework from which the gardening industry can converge on ideas and designs, while sharing their best products and services.  HortPark is a great place for visitors to expand on their practices, and it is also an interesting link between Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park.

What would you like to see?

A neat and flowering walkway, called Floral Walk, welcomes visitors to HortPark.  Once inside, you’ll find a lot to choose from.  The Garden Patch has forty outdoor displays!  Each plot has a unique design and may even seem like abstract pieces of art.  There are also many themed gardens put together to offer a fun and educational experience at HortGardens.  It is basically an organic classroom!  Silver, grey and white fusions of color are set in front of a green landscape at the Silver Garden.  It transforms from a calm day-time garden to an intriguing view by night.  The Bamboo Labyrinth is just as interesting; it has many circular bamboo paths from which travelers can find tranquility.  The Herb and Spice Garden, on the other hand, is interactive; it can be seen, touched, smelled, and tasted.  There are many medicinal and culinary uses that can be taught to visitors of this garden.  In contrast to the Silver Garden, the Golden Garden is a fountain of warmth and familiarity.

What would you like to learn?

Have you heard of the modern green movement?  Despite utilizing modern technologies, the past has proven to be a much better resource.  Hort Park takes part of this movement, in its own way, by offering the Green Roof.  This venue is located on top of the HortCentre and it exhibits different green roof systems.  Green roofs are low-maintenance, making them a great alternative to rooftop gardens.  The Recycling Garden complements the Green Roof by reducing and reusing.  Recycling is very important for the world and the Recycling Garden is living proof of its benefits.  The Fruit Tree and Fruited Vegetable Garden will also give you a better idea of how you can make use of a small space.  Living in a crowded city does not mean that you can’t make a greener difference!  Many small and medium-sized fruit trees can be grown in containers.  A small space is no excuse!  People can even grow tomatoes through the light that comes through a small apartment window.

What would you like to buy?

Kha serves special Thai cuisine creations while offering alfresco dining upon a wooden deck.  For lunch and dinner, or even just some drinks while overlooking the pond, Kha is a great venue.  Kha has been known to host cocktail receptions, corporate dinners, product launches, and even fashion shows!  It has provided for seminars, birthdays, private parties and wedding celebrations.  Kha can provide a tailored menu, along with everything else (such as decorations, equipment, cakes and floral arrangements).  HortMart, a separate business, has an open space that can also be booked.  Not only that, HortMart offers visitors many gardening-related products and services.  In one-stop, people can learn about product information while receiving advice on landscaping.

There is plenty to do at HortPark!

HortPark offers individuals the opportunity to volunteer.  Even if that isn’t possible, you don’t have to rely solely on textbooks to have a greener thumb!  You can have a tour guide show you the ins and outs, or you can assist talks and scheduled workshops.  HortPark has focused upon three areas to promote gardening culture: they are education, collaboration, and special activities.  There is a demonstration area, called the Hands-On House, where people can attend sessions that combine a classroom and laboratory experience.  The HortLawn and Event Lawn are two other green spaces that can be used for a variety of activities.  In the past, these lawns have hosted workshops, shows, festival bazaars, private and corporate functions.   Overall, they are great for socializing.  Knowledge of these events has provided an incentive for industry partners to grow in what they know best: gardening!  And that’s great for everyone, locals and visitors alike.

Tips for Travelers:

  • Check GardenTech for a whole list of upcoming events.
  • Visit the National Parks website of Singapore for direct updates on the park itself.

Photo Credit: Choo Yut Shing