Singaporeans can look forward to a new gardening lifestyle experience when HortPark opens in mid 2007. The 23 hectare HortPark, developed by the National Parks Board (NParks) at a cost of S$13.1 million, is a one-stop gardening lifestyle hub being the first park in Asia to bring together gardening-related recreational, educational, research and retail activities under one roof in a park setting. It will also be a knowledge hub for gardening information, training & value-added services.
HortPark is a regional park located in south Singapore, linking Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park. It aims to promote gardening as a hobby for everyone, through hands-on educational & interactive activities and gardening events. It will also support Singapore?s landscaping & horticultural industry by providing training, opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas, technology & expertise and a permanent showground for garden displays.
Chief Operating Officer of NParks, Dr Leong Chee Chiew said, "By showcasing the how-to of gardening in a unique setting, we hope to nurture a greater understanding of plants, and promote the joy of gardening. Singaporeans can visit HortPark for play, inspiration or learning and see for themselves the possibilities of gardens & gardening. Whether you are a veteran who wants to keep updated on the latest or are trying to pick up simple tips to get started on a new hobby, HortPark will have gardening information to meet your needs.?
HortPark will have 20 theme gardens, including, amongst others, a Herbs and Spices Garden showcasing traditional, medicinal and culinary herbs found in Singapore, a Formal Tree Garden using flowers, manicured borders, tall hedging and an array of trees in the style of English garden, a Silver Garden using silvery, grey and white plants for their light reflecting qualities and a flowering walkway where visitors will be immersed in a lush & colourful garden the moment they drive into the carpark.
HortPark will have a show flat featuring rooms with creatively designed green spaces providing ideas on home gardening and interior landscaping using indoor plants, research glasshouses and a HortMart selling gardening products and educational materials. To encourage the adoption of green walls, HortPark will have a demonstration project, for public viewing, of vertical greening systems on six-meter walls, featuring modern technologies to integrate plants with built forms such as rooftops or balconies.
NParks welcomes partnerships & collaborations with the horticulture industry, academic institutions and relevant interest & community groups. To date, over 20 companies have expressed interest to contribute in various forms to HortPark, such as sponsoring green roof systems, contributing products for showcase, taking up plots for educational garden displays and training student guides.
To promote interest in gardening, HortPark will host year-round activities for everyone, including guided tours, home gardening talks & workshops for the public and gardening enthusiasts, educational activities for students and horticultural trade shows, plant clinics & plant fairs for industry. Educational activities will be held at the Demo House, a classroom equipped with facilities for outdoor learning.
The public can have a preview of HortPark on 5 November 2006 at Republic Polytechnic during the launch of Clean and Green Week, as well as during the inaugural Singapore Garden Festival (SGF), Singapore?s first international garden & flower show held at Suntec Convention Centre from 16 - 25 December 2006.