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A Community Garden in Singapore

A green oasis in the city

Today we’re headed all the way to Singapore, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, to visit a garden that provides beauty and solace to a community.

We find our gardening hobby very enjoyable, and it helps to reduce our stress while also giving us opportunities to interact with nearby residents to develop close bonding. This brings back the community spirit we were missing.

This year, the garden has also offered us a breath of fresh air during the pandemic. Gardening gives us a way to spend time safely.

This square of land supports over 200 types of organic medicinal herbs, flowers, and fresh herbs for cooking, which all residents have access to. The garden has also obtained one Gold and two Bronze Awards during previous Singapore International Garden Festivals.

Many nearby residents visit the garden daily, including retirees, older residents in wheelchairs, and children with physical disabilities.

The garden is the result of our residents’ efforts for many years.

Bouganvillea with light pink flowers and variegated foliageA wide range of plants can be grown in Singapore’s tropical climate, including one of the most iconic tropical plants, the brilliantly colored Bougainvillaea (Zones 9–11). This variety has soft pink bracts and variegated foliage. The lush diversity of the rest of the garden is visible behind.

bright pink Bouganvillea with cityscape in the backgroundAnd here’s another glowing bougainvillea in the garden. Beyond it you can see other containers filled with plants, and beyond that the tall apartment buildings that surround the garden. How wonderful to have this pocket of green in a dense, urban setting.

garden beds with a trellis and many vinesThese garden beds are filled with a variety of plants used by the local residents.

bright magenta bouganvillea close upThe bright magenta of this bougainvillea is not from flower petals, but from modified leaves called bracts. The actual flowers are small and white, and are visible here and there on this flower head. The bracts last much longer than petals, ensuring a long-lasting display of beauty.

 

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  1. paulvijaylal 06/29/2021

    Thank you for sharing this informative article with us. I got lots of information from this website. Keep sharing more article like this.

  2. NWPhilaGardener 06/29/2021

    I would love to see a follow up GPOD or other Fine Gardening article about this garden, learning which plants are grown and shared among the people in this Singapore community. The makeshift pergola with ropes for vining plants is intriguing. More photos, more details please!

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      treasuresmom 06/29/2021

      I agree 100%. Would love to see more with more descriptions.

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    SimpleSue 06/29/2021

    I wish the USA encouraged more community gardens and gardening was taught in grade school and high schools to spark interest at a young age...there is more to life than encouraging competitive organized sports.
    The way this Singapore community garden is beautiful and enriching and how everyone shares the herbs- is a perfect example of how nice all city dwellings could do this.

  4. BTucker9675 06/29/2021

    Gorgeous! Think how much more beautiful cities all across the world would be with community gardens like this one. Whenever community gardens "crop" up, the neighborhoods around them improve - people become prouder of their block.

  5. PatinMapleValley 06/29/2021

    Thanks for sharing this garden from another part of our world. What a wonderful gift for the community!

  6. paulvijaylal 06/30/2021

    thank you for sharing with us mx player

  7. NWPhilaGardener 06/30/2021

    For those thinking about starting a community garden in your area, I have found that public libraries are often amenable to the creation of community tended gardens, whether they be purely ornamental or introducing herbs that can be harvested. GPOD gardeners: consider being the energy that gets such efforts off the ground to develop the ground.

  8. RealMe 07/08/2021

    Cool idea! Hoping that there is also like this in our country. This is one of the best project that I think we need right now to help our environment and at the same time to add natural beauty in our community. --- Bathroom Remodel Tacoma

  9. Madmardigann 07/12/2021

    The makeshift pergola with ropes for vining plants is intriguing. More photos, more details please! ( Our site )

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