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Wednesday, 08 April 2020
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Volume 17
Feature Garden

Singapore hide-away


ImageWe decided to take a look south for this issue and set our sights on our cosmopolitan neighbours in Singapore. The city state, although small, holds a wondrous wealth of property and development which are exemplary in terms of concept, design, function and modernity. This issue’s Feature Garden encompasses all those things but also retains a cosy charm and warm domestic atmosphere which can sometimes be lost and forgotten when trying to achieve all these other factors.

What separates this garden from those we have seen recently in our glossy pages is that it is a garden of maturity. 12 years in the making, the garden in question takes the form of a medium-sized layout on a slight hill of a quiet affluent neighbourhood. One of the first works of well-known landscape architect Made Wijaya, this garden is a lovely concoction of natural wildness and clearly designed garden space in the Balinese resort style so representative of his style.

Garden Gallery

The Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens


ImageThe Ginger order contains some of the most beautiful plants in the world. Here in the 1-ha Ginger Garden, visitors will be treated to a wide array of over 300 species and varieties of gingers and their relatives. 

Many of these plants have surprisingly stunning leaves and attractive flowers that come in many colours including vibrant reds and yellows.Gingers are herbaceous perennials and many are important ornamentals in the tropics and subtropics. The ginger, named after the common spice, belongs to  the family Zingiberaceae of about 1,200 species with the majority occurring in tropical Asia.  Together with 7 other closely related plant families, they are grouped into the ginger order, the Zingiberales

Young Gardener

Health & Beauty


ImageAs I browse through pharmacies and sundry shops, I notice a recurring pattern on all the major brands selling beauty products and daily  essentials. They all contain more or less the following words; ‘organic’, ‘all natural’, ‘fruity’, ‘botanical’ and so on and so forth. We keep looking back to nature for the best. We even use animal expressions to relate to the best of the best like ‘heart of a lion’, ‘quick as a gazelle’ or ‘stink like a skunk’! We crave for products containing natural ingredients (and that is why the manufacturers are so keen in making products that would probably end up making them millions).

Garden Science

Guide to Tropical Foliage Plants


Known locally as ‘ati-ati’, the plant has attractive leaves of various colours depending on the hybrids. It is rather difficult to identify the species since there has been much hybridisation in practice. This plant can be propagated via soft cutting in order to obtain a good bush. The flowers should be deadheaded and in the initial growth stage, the tips should be pruned to form side shoots.

Garden Design

A Naturalist Garden


ImageNature in the tropics will immediately bring to mind the tropical jungle look with lush green, huge leafed plants such as bananas and heliconias and giant caladiums. A naturalist garden in more temperate areas will conjure random plantings of flowering plants in meadows. According to Prof Chin’s “Gems in the Wild”, in our last issue, we have a wealth of flowering plants that grow wild in our open spaces and undergrowth, suitable for inclusion into the gardens.

The added advantage is that most of these plants have medicinal values. The senduduk putih, (Melastoma imbricatum) though rarer than the common purple ones has long been identified as a medicinal plant for women’s ailments. Many others come to mind such as the periwinkle (Vinca rosea) and also gingers.



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