Official Launch of Singapore Botanic Gardens 2007 Calendar
30 Sep 2006
The National Parks Board (NParks) and ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd officially launched the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) 2007 Calendar, at the Singapore Botanic Gardens today. The event was officiated by Prof Leo Tan, Chairman, National Parks Board.
This year, the SBG Calendar pays tribute to some of the most fascinating yet relatively less known ginger plants. The Botanic Gardens has had a long history of studying and collecting gingers. Most of these beautiful, historical illustrations were drawn by the Gardens? own artists, James and Charles de Alwis between 1890 and 1908. They were created as scientific documentation of the ginger plants and are the most detailed drawings in the Gardens? historic collection of about 2000 drawings and color paintings prepared by various authors between 1890 and 1950.
The SBG calendar is a community project sponsored by ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. All proceeds go towards the Gardens? Public Exhibition Programme which is aimed at educating visitors about our natural world. The Calendar is available as a wall calendar priced at S$15 and a desktop calendar priced at S$10.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Chin See Chung, Director, Singapore Botanic Gardens, said: ""We are delighted to partner ExxonMobil in this significant community project, and grateful for their continuous support of our Public Exhibition Programme that aims to enthuse and educate visitors on the beauty and importance of our green environment.""
To commemorate the launch, the Gardens has also organised a series of ginger-themed activities such as plant sales, an exhibition of ginger plants and decorating of gingerbread men throughout the day from 10 am to 6 pm.