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HortPark is a 9-hectare (22-acre) park located in the southwestern part of Singapore. It is billed as the first one-stop gardening lifestyle hub in Asia.
Situated in the Southern Ridges, HortPark serves as a park connector that allows visitors to travel around Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber Park. This is made possible through the elevated walkways and connecting bridges.
HortPark opened in December 2007, but it was not until 10 May 2008 that it was officially launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
HortPark comprises the following features:
- Greenhouse Retail and Workshop
- Hands-On House
- HortLawn and Event Lawn
- Theme Gardens
- Butterfly Gardens
The two-storey HortCentre building also serves as the visitor services centre. It showcases gardening attractions, which include the Green Roof and the Lifestyle Corner. The building was one of the winners of 2008 International Architecture Award for Best New Global Design. It is also one of the 11 finalists for Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Awards for Excellence 2009.
Green Roof is a rooftop display of the different types of green roof systems and plants suitable for green roof planting. Lifestyle Corner is where visitors can see how flora-themed furnishings can complement the homes, through the showcasing of interior landscaping and lifestyle-gardening ideas.
Greenhouse Garden Retail and Workshop
Located near the visitor services centre, the greenhouse consists of two-halves: garden retail and workshop area. The garden retail is currently managed by The Plant Story which also operates a café on the premises. Meanwhile, the workshop area is used to conduct workshops organised by HortPark.
The Hands-On House is a laboratory in a classroom setting. It also consists of a sheltered demonstration area in an outdoor setting for learning purposes. It is also popular with small groups of fitness and wellness enthusiasts.
HortLawn and Event Lawn
HortLawn is located near to the HortCentre while Event Lawn can be found near the Hands-On House. Both lawns are suitable for hosting a wide variety of outdoor activities such as workshops, bazaars and functions.
The Butterfly Garden was opened in May 2009 by the National Parks Board in partnership with National Biodiversity Centre to allow visitors to learn about the different stages of butterfly metamorphosis and also serve as an experimental garden to facilitate butterfly species recovery.
The 150-square-metre (1,600 sq ft) landscaped theme garden allows visitors to encounter the butterflies up close and personal amongst a visual feast of tropical plants and nearly 20 species of native butterflies. The research focus of the Butterfly Species Recovery Programme is to find suitable nectar and host plants for breeding a variety of butterfly species, including locally extinct species such as clipper (Parthenos sylvia) and common sergeant (Athyma perius).
HortPark features 21 theme gardens. Each theme is reflected by the careful selection of plant species.
- Floral Walk
- Home Garden
- Car Park Garden
- Lifestyle Corner
- Water Garden
- Vertical Greenery
- Silver Garden
- Balinese Garden
- Plant Introduction Garden
- Native Garden
- Pitter Patter Potter Garden
- Butterfly Garden
- Herb and Spice Garden
- Fruit Garden
- Vegetable Garden
- Golden Garden
HortPark played host to GardenTech 2007 and GardenTech 2009, a biennial gardening carnival that showcases the latest horticulture and landscaping technology tools, products and services. Both local and overseas exhibitors alike participated in the carnival.
HortPark also features a series of other initiatives by the National Parks Board (NParks). They include Community in Bloom (CIB), which encourages communal gardening and "The Living Wall", a research project by Building and Construction Authority (BCA), National University of Singapore and NParks. "The Living Wall" showcases vertical greenery systems. HortPark also features six prototype glasshouses as research stations for the upcoming Gardens by the Bay. In addition, HortPark serves as a satellite campus for the Centre of Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) which is managed by the Industry Development arm under NParks.
Even if you are in Singapore only few days, HortPark is a must see destination and every tourist have to reserve at least several hours for this beautiful place. To save your time and simultaneously to see maximum places of the park, it is recommended to start your walkway at the Alexandra Arch bridge and finish it at VivoCity shopping centre.
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