5 easy steps to starting a Community in Bloom Project in your Organisation
Gardens can be located within the premises of organisations such as hospitals, welfare homes or places of worship. The gardens will be cultivated and maintained by staff and volunteers.
Gardens may also be located at common green spaces within the neighbourhood, cared for by organisations based in public housing estates.
“Studies shown that patients who look into gardens recover faster”
Rosalind Tan, Volunteer (Alexandra Hospital)
“…fresh air, nice environment to look at. It is very relaxing and not stressful for patients”
Wong Sioe Fa, Manager (Alexandra Hospital)
Step 1. Form a gardening club
- Gather interested participants among your colleagues and form a gardening group.
- Appoint a leader for your gardening group.
- Get support from the head of your organisation for your community gardening project.
Step 2. Identify a suitable site for garden
Contact NParks to help you select a suitable location for the proposed community garden. The following points should be considered when selecting a gardening site.
- Location of nearby residential blocks
- Obstruction to other common amenities
- Ready water source
- Amount of sunlight that the site gets
- Level or sloping ground
- Inherent ground conditions eg: water-logging
- Other safety considerations
Step 3. Organise a sharing session for the participants
- Organise a sharing session for the participants where NParks can share tips on good gardening practices and ideas on setting up their garden plots.
- Recruit more people for the gardening project through the session.
- Visit an established community garden in other organisations to learn and exchange tips.
Step 4. Plan your garden
With guidance from NParks, determine the following details:
- Garden theme - eg: Fruit garden, Kitchen garden, Edible Garden, Ornamental Garden, etc.
- Plant selection - eg: Fruit trees, Vegetables, Herbs, Spices, Flowers, etc.
- Garden scale - Number of participants that determines the size of the garden.
- Garden design - Schematic layout of the gardening beds according to the garden theme and the location of the different types of plants.
Step 5. Plant your garden
- Once the garden plan is endorsed by the management, prepare the groundwork through DIY or by engaging a suitable contractor.
- Purchase plants, gardening materials and tools.
- Start gardening immediately, to avoid hardening or erosion of soil.