Gardens Plants and Spices

Date  :  21 Nov 2020 to 10 Jan 2021
Time : 5am to 12mn, daily
Venue : Nassim Gate Visitor Centre 


Now famous throughout the world for being a garden city, Singapore once served as a regional trading hub for the spice trade from Asia to Europe. Along the way, Singapore and the region have undeniably influenced the French art de vivre (art of living), including its gastronomy, gardens, decorative arts and perfumery. Learn about these stories and more through this exhibition.

This exhibition, curated by one of France’s most renowned garden and plant experts, Pascal Garbe, in collaboration with the Singapore Botanic Gardens, presents emblematic plants linked to the history of Singapore and Southeast Asia and their connections with the French art de vivre.

Also catch the Gardens, Plants and Spices conference playback on youtube, where Anne-Sophie Pic, Pascal Garbe and Paul Paradis, discussed the secrets of numerous plants from the region; while Dr Tan Puay Yok and Lai Simin from the Singapore Botanic Gardens shared about the role of the Gardens in promoting edible plants and the culinary uses of some of Singapore’s native plants.

Gardens, Plants and Spices is part of the vOilah! France Singapore Festival 2020. Presented by the Embassy of France in Singapore, the Festival covers culture, education, science and lifestyle, and expresses France’s friendship with Singapore.
The exhibition is made possible with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels.

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