Gardens within compounds of semi-detached houses or bungalows.
All entries must be received before 31 August 2006. Short-listed entries will be visited and assessed by a panel of judges from the Singapore Gardening Society and representatives from public and private sector agencies. For more details, please refer to Community in BloomAwards 2006 - Entry Form and Community in Bloom Awards 2006 - Rules & Regulations.
The winners will be announced during Clean & Green Week in November 2006 and featured in the inaugural Singapore Garden Festival, Singapore's own international flower and garden show to be held in December 2006. For each sub-category, prizes for the top three estates/organisations and home gardens will be given out.
Top prizes for Community Gardens sub-categories are:
3rd prize: $500 gardening vouchers and a certificate of achievement
All participants whose entries meet the conditions of the competition rules will receive a certificate of participation.
For more details, please refer to Community in Bloom Awards - Entry Form and Community in Bloom Awards - Rules & Regulations, which are available from www.nparks.gov.sg and 18th storey Gateway West. The public can also contact 6391-6874 for information.
Ms Sharon Lau, a Mayfair Park resident related, "When we moved into this neighbourhood nine years ago, I wasn?t very close to the neighbours. But once I got involved in this (gardening) project, it was much better because I managed to get to know a lot of people and we hold tea parties at each other houses."
Indeed, the benefits of community gardening are multi-fold. As Ms Rosalind Tan, Senior Executive of Alexandra Hospital pointed out, "Studies have shown that (for) patients who look into a garden and patients who look to a wall - the patients who look into a garden recover faster."
Prof Leo Tan, Chairman of NParks added that, "Gardening is more than a fun activity that relieves stress. It is a healthy and therapeutic hobby that offers regular gardeners physical exercise and mental relaxation. My colleagues at NParks tell me that neighbours and new-found friends share the produce from their vegetable and herb plots. Community gardens are now hubs where you mingle with your neighbours and they also act as pleasant outdoor classrooms for the schools. I also understand that the networking opportunities that the Community In Bloom programme provides through its monthly meet-up sessions has led to the sharing of numerous gardening ideas, development of new friendships and strengthening of partnerships."
He commented, "We need the community to be actively involved. We need a nation of gardeners who are passionate about, and take pride in, our greenery. As the name of the award suggests, each of us should aim to live, work and play in a Community in Bloom."
To ease new gardeners into this hobby, NParks organised a gardening workshop featuring speakers from the Singapore Gardening Society, Singapore Green Culture and NParks. Community In Bloom - a floral and garden exhibition by NParks is also on display at the foyer of the National Library till Monday 17 April 2006. It features a spice garden, a butterfly garden, an eco-garden, a roadside garden, an indoor garden and offers a sneak preview of the Singapore Garden Festival.
In addition, NParks in collaboration with NLB has produced a handy guide to gardening books and gardening websites. The public can obtain a copy of this guide from national libraries island-wide.
You can download the soft copy of the gardening guide "So You Want To Be A Gardener?" here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).
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