Entrance of HortPark (image from http://islandhippy.com)

As a member of the Green Culture Singapore (GCS) Forum, I just received news on upcoming gardening events this month.

Gardening is perfectly complementary with composting – because of all the plant fertiliser you will be producing! 🙂

Do feel free to check out the events below – most of them are free! For myself, I am especially interested in the second, third, and fourth event.

This will also be a good chance for me to check out HortPark, Singapore’s one-stop gardening hub that brings together gardening-related, recreational, educational, research and retail activities under one big canopy in a park setting.

See you there!

1. Garden Gifts For Mummy Dearest

Date: 8 May 2010 (Sat)
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am
Venue: HortPark, The Lab
Trainer: Pearl Ho
Fee: Free (Pre-registration is required.)

As symbols of affection, cut flowers are sadly short-lived. For a longer-lasting declaration of your love this coming Mothers’ Day, how about presenting a Sweetheart Hoya plant to the most important woman in your life? Learn more about this amazing plant and how you can decorate its heart-shaped leaves.

2. Have Fun Propagating Plants!

Date : 8 May 2010 (Sat)
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: Seng Kang Library
Trainer: Pearl Ho

Plant propagation is a means for gardeners to increase their plant quantity. Besides the common method of seed propogation, new plants can also be propagated via various plant parts like stems, leafs and division of crowns. Come and listen to this talk conducted by Ms Pearl Ho from HortPark who will share with you some simple and creative tips on how you can successfully propagate your plant numbers using interesting ideas. This talk will serve as a good opportunity for kids to learn more about the anatomy of plants and how to start their first plant or perhaps even their first garden too!

3. Plant Conservation Day Gardening Bazaar – Gardening Programmes @ HortPark

Date: 15 May 2010 (Sat)
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Venue: HortPark, Exhibition Gallery
Fee: Free

Celebrate Plant Conservation Day (18 May 2010) in advance with HortPark! Join in this gardening bazaar, where you will find an array of plants, including native species, on sale by hobbyists and industry partners. There will also be a variety of gardening and green lifestyle products available.

4. Reintroduction & Growing of Singapore Native Orchids

Date: 15 May 2010 (Sat)
Time: 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Venue: HortPark, Fruit Room
Speakers: Dr Yam Tim Wing (Singapore Botanic Gardens) & Lim Xuan Hong (Green Culture Singapore)
Fee: Free

Approximately 226 species of native orchids have been recorded in Singapore over the years. Of these, 178 are considered to be extinct, and only 5 are common. Join Dr Yam Tim Wing from the Singapore Botanic Gardens as he introduces some of Singapore’s native orchid species. If you are keen to grow some of these orchids, there will also be a sharing session by Lim Xuan Hong, an avid orchid enthusiast, who will touch on orchid cultivation in a high-rise environment. At the same time, learn more about NParks’ orchid conservation programme which involves the monitoring of the status of existing species, conservation of their germplasm, multiplication and subsequent introduction of orchids into our local landscape.

5. Pest & Disease Identification & Management for Home Gardeners

Date: Saturday, 22 May 2010
Time: 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue: HortPark, The Lab
Trainer: Wilson Wong
Fee: $30 per pax (Materials included. Pre-registration is required.)

Combating unwanted pests and diseases is part and parcel of gardening. Find out how to identify, treat and prevent common pest and disease problems encountered in your home garden. Also learn more about environmentally-friendly control methods and chemical treatments that are available to gardeners locally.

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