Launch of 'Trees of the Istana' Book Raises S$129,000 for President's Challenge 2011 - Book Features Over 70 Species of Trees Found in the Istana
27 Jun 2011
Singapore, 27 June 2011 - S$129,000 was raised at the launch of the 'Trees of the Istana' book today. Donors who contributed at least S$10,000 each towards the President's Challenge 2011 received a copy of the book autographed by President S R Nathan at the event. The launch was held at the Istana, where guests were treated to a guided tour of interesting trees in the Istana.
Commissioned by President Nathan, 'Trees of the Istana' features over 70 species of trees out of some 150 species found at the Istana. It provides readers with a glimpse into the greening of the Istana domain since its completion in 1869 and how it has been lovingly nurtured into a stately arboretum that has welcomed foreign dignitaries, statesmen, royalty, and local visitors. The Istana domain is also a flourishing sanctuary for wildlife including birds, butterflies, squirrels, dragonflies and more.
Some of the interesting trees featured in the book include an unusual nutmeg tree which has produced several fruits with 'twin' seeds instead of one seed, the Pride of Burma tree which produces beautiful orchid-like flowers, and Heritage trees that have grown into majestic giants.
Published by National Parks Board and Suntree Media Pte Ltd, the book complements two earlier publications - the 'Gardens of the Istana' and 'Birds seen at the Istana'. CapitaLand Limited and Hotel Properties Limited sponsored the production of the book. 'Trees of the Istana' will be available for sale from 28 June 2011 at S$48 at major bookstores, at the Istana during open house days and at the Garden Shop at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.