HortPark is the first gardening and lifestyle hub in Southeast Asia that brings together gardening-related recreational, educational, research and retail activities under one roof in a park setting. Located in the south-western part of Singapore, the 23-hectare regional park also serves as a park connector linking Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park.
Officially launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 10 May 2008, the park was developed as a purposeful facility for everyone to experience gardening through hands-on activities and various gardening events throughout the year, including the biennial GardenTech, the one-stop gardening carnival. For trade and industry players, HortPark doubles up as a knowledge hub to support the development of Singapore's landscape industry by providing training, networking opportunities and a permanent showground of garden displays.
HortPark's unique features lie in the creative and extensive utilisation of the green spaces combining practicality to support and inspire a gardening culture. Visitors must not miss the HortGardens, a collection of 20 theme gardens, each one specially designed to bring out the distinctive qualities of carefully selected plant species.
The 20 theme gardens are:
HortPark offers a multi-thematic platform for NParks to forge partnerships with the landscape industry, academic institutions, associations, societies and relevant community groups through various programmes at HortPark. Some 100 partners have contributed to HortPark through sponsorship of plants and displays including the Green Roofat HortCentre (HortPark's visitor centre), and participation in GardenPatch. The Green Roof systems used here are designed for low maintenance. In the heart of HortPark lies GardenPatch - an outdoor array of some 40 display gardens, showcasing a range of landscaping ideas and products by partners from the horticulture and landscape industry. As part of the design intent for GardenPatch, a matrix of interesting trees and palms serves as a line-patterned framework that stitches individual garden plots into a giant patchwork of garden displays. GardenPatch displays will be changed every six months to nine months allow more partners to showcase the latest trends in the landscape industry.
HortPark also provides a variety of venues for members of the public and corporate organisations to organise events and activities. There are a total of 12 such venues, including:
- Outdoor green spaces, an Event Lawn that can occupy more than 1000 with its 1900 sq m area space; and the 835 sq m HortLawn which can occupy more than 600 people.
- Indoor function rooms, such as the Multi-Purpose Hall that can take up to 300 people and an Exhibition Gallery occupying 345 sq m.
Training and Research
HortPark also provides a platform for training and research activities. The park serves as an extended training facility for other NParks initiatives such as the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) and Community in Bloom projects.
For research, the park has embarked on three areas of research on horticulture, gardening trends and technology:
- Plant selection studies: Identification of plants suitable for various landscape applications such as green roofs, alternative choices for turf planting to reduce grass-cutting costs and maintenance requirements
- Living Wall: A research collaboration between NParks, Building Construction Authority (BCA) and National University of Singapore (NUS) to introduce and evaluate various vertical greenery systems for building walls. The project aims to evaluate the efficacy of installing vertical greening systems in buildings including its maintenance requirements and benefits. This is the only venue in Singapore to see the wide variety of systems currently available (See accompanying fact sheet on Living Wall for more information)
- Prototype Glasshouses: The six prototype glasshouses seek to test building materials, advance cooling technologies and optimum temperatures and humidity for the future Cool Conservatories at the future Gardens by the Bay. (See accompanying fact sheet on the Prototype Glasshouses for more information)
F&B and Retail
Visitors to HortPark can dine at the restaurant, KHA, which offers modern interpretations of authentic Thai creations and indoor as well as alfresco seating on a wooden deck overlooking a stunning water feature at HortCentre, HortPark's visitor centre. For those who prefer light snacks and drinks, they can purchase them at Adam's café which opened in December 2008. For a wide range of plant and gardening-related products, visitors can head to HortMart, an approximately 1000 square metres (928 sq m) retail outlet run by Far East Flora.
Quick Plant Figures
More details on the facilities and activities at HortPark are available at www.nparks.gov.sg/hortpark.
- About 800 trees and more than 40,000 shrubs are planted by NParks in HortPark (this excludes plantings by other landscape companies at GardenPatch)
- Amongst the theme gardens, the Floral Walk sports the most number of flowering and non-flowering shrubs (10,000)
- The Car Park Garden has a wide variety of plants including 220 trees and more than 8,000 shrubs and is the first of its kind developed by NParks.