Third edition of the Festival to take place at Jurong Lake Gardens for the first time Festival to feature outdoor centrepiece created by over 100 community gardeners
Celebrating the passion and skills of Singapore’s gardeners, the Community Garden Festival returns for its third edition from 1 to 3 November 2019, with free activities for the whole family. These include attractive displays meant to inspire home gardening projects, talks and demos where visitors can get plant care advice, as well as a marketplace with gardening products and refreshments. Organised by the National Parks Board, the biennial event, will be held at Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore’s first national gardens in the heartlands, for the first time.
A highlight of this year’s Festival is the outdoor centrepiece created by over 100 Community in Bloom gardeners and ambassadors from the five Community Development Councils (CDCs). In line with this year’s theme of “Gardening through the Years” as Singapore marks its bicentennial year, the Community in Bloom Garden Display will express the evolving trends in gardening from the 1960s to present day. Each section of the landscaped garden will correspond with the three chapters in Singapore’s greening narrative so far: Garden City, City in a Garden, and biophilic City in a Garden.
Other highlights of this year’s Festival include:
Community Garden Edibles Competition
The twelve heaviest and longest fruits and vegetables grown by community gardeners will be on display. Visitors can take the chance to learn how they grow their fruits and vegetables optimally, as these gardeners will be present to share more about the growing process.
Riding on the growing trend for indoor gardening, the Interiorscape showcase will feature aquascapes and terrarium displays. These displays will inspire all visitors to explore indoor gardening regardless of the size of the living space they have. There will also be a showcase of uncommon ornamental plants that aspiring gardeners can add them into their home or office gardens. As the use of innovative technologies, such as smart gardening, grow lights and garden bed kits are also on the rise, the last showcase will explain how these technologies could be used for indoor gardening projects.
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To encourage more gardening efforts in the community, a plant clinic will be set up for visitors to understand plant health and get tips on the best care for their plants. Visitors are welcome to bring their own plants to this clinic for a free health check.
Stage Programmes & Hands-on Activities
From learning about microgreens and hydroponics systems, to using plants for floral decor and weaving, the Festival line-up for talks and demos will feature plant experts from NParks, Community in Bloom gardeners, gardening hobbyists and retailers. There will be also be a range of hand-on activities, such as arts and craft, suitable for children to learn about plants and gardening in fun and interactive ways.
With over 60 booths set up by community gardeners, hobbyists, start-ups, artisans and commercial growers, the Marketplace will offer a wide variety of products to help visitors start their gardening projects, as well as refreshments for a quick recharge in between talks or touring the displays.
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